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Fragrance atomisers, incense burners


A collection of antique and vintage incense burners, snuff bottles, fragrance vapourisers and perfume bottles.


Etruscan Perfume jar - goddess of love Turan

Etruscan Perfume jar – Turan goddess of love


Research of  ancient Egyptian notes recorded on papyrus & engravings on the temple walls have revealed that a sophisticated technique was in practice for extracting essential oils from flora and herbal plants. A layer of vegetable fat was used for absorbing the essence of the aromatic flowers, which was then dissolved in alcohol to be used in cosmetics & toiletries. This ancient technique is known as Enfleurage and the resulting aromatic oils were also used for massage, inhalation, potions and even ingested.

Here is an ancient fragrance formula from Egypt

Myrrh: 3 parts
Sandalwood: 2 parts
Frankincense: 1 part
Rose Petals: 1 part
Lotus Oil: a few drops
Raw Honey: 1/2 parts
Dried Raisins (crushed): 1/2 part
Mix thoroughly and let dry over many days. Cut into small blocks or roll into small pellets.



12th Century Korean Celadon censer

12th Century Korean Celadon censer



1920s-French-atomizer, decorated porcelain clown playing saxaphone

French atomizer, decorated porcelain clown playing saxophone





Argilor. Paris. Woman in the vase.-Circa 1925 1935.-Night-light-burner-perfumes-enamelled-porcelain-polychrome

‘Argilor’, Paris. Woman with vase. Night light burner perfume vaporiser enamelled porcelain polychrome

Circa 1925-1935

Camard-&-Associés Auction House ( see more below)




Chinese snuff bottle  —  Qing dynasty




Pierre Cardin-(1922)-Enigma black tinted glass perfume bottle

Pierre Cardin-(1922) – Enigma black tinted brutalist glass perfume bottle


Czech Perfume Bottle Dancers

Cobalt blue Czech Perfume bottle with dancing couple



Rare Rene lalique - only five known to exist. The bottle marks Lalique's first attempt at using the lost wax, cire perdue, technique with glass ~ M.S. Rau Antique

The rare perfume bottle marks Lalique’s first attempt at using the lost wax, cire perdue, technique with glass

M.S. Rau Antique




Dragon perfume bottle


French Scent-Bottle--Cleveland-Museum-of-Art


French gold and enamel scent bottle, mid 19th century

Cleveland Museum of Art



Egyptian Hatshepsuts-Apothecary

Egyptian Hatshepsuts Apothecary



Naked lady with lamb perfume lamp

Art Deco perfume lamp



Art Deco Perfume Lamp-Folies-Bergeres-Dancer-Night-Light-Sheryls Art Deco

Art Deco Perfume Lamp – Folies Bergeres Dancer Night Light

Sheryls Art Deco



Galle-Art-Nouveau-Cameo-Perfume-Bottle leaf relief decoration

Galle Art Nouveau Cameo Perfume Bottle




Figural Paris Porcelain Perfume Bottle-Prob-By-Jacob Petit

French oriental figural, Paris Porcelain Perfume Bottle – Probably by Jacob Petit



Alasdair Gordon perfume bottle Rabbit in snow

Alasdair Gordon contemporary perfume bottle



White and gold ceramic Siamese perfume bottle

White and gold ceramic Siamese perfume bottle



Crystal-Art-Deco-Cubist Perfume-Bottle-Live auctioneers

Crystal Art-Deco Cubist Perfume Bottle – Live auctioneers




‘The singer and the guitarist’  – Polychrome porcelain enameled night light, perfume vapouriser

Circa 1925 1935



cloisonne enamel tripod censer and- over---China,-qing-dynasty,-qianlong-period-(1736-1795)

Cloisonne enamel tripod censer and cover—China, Qing dynasty

Qianlong period (1736-1795)




Porcelain Scent Bottle, 1800’s France



Antique Noritake Porcelain Perfume Bottle-Lustre

Art Deco Noritake Porcelain Perfume Bottle



Antique Sitzendorf Figural Crown Top Perfume Scent Bottle C1910

Antique Sitzendorf Figural Crown Top Perfume Scent Bottle




Ceramic Incense Holder (Moonlight White Crackle Glazed) by Shoyeido

Ceramic Incense Holder (Moonlight White Crackle Glazed) by Shoyeido




Art deco perfume bottle with red female figure motif

Art deco perfume bottle



Chinese Cloisonne footed Incense Burner

Chinese Cloisonne Incense Burner



Chinese Jade Incense Burner, Shape of three foo lions

Chinese Jade Incense Burner with lid



Chinese porcelain perfume bottle with lid

Chinese porcelain perfume bottle




Chinese Snuff Bottle



Chinese snuff bottle, porcelain moulded in relief, painted decoration depicts the underside of a lotus flower,-Qing Dynasty;-ca.-1750

Chinese snuff bottle, porcelain moulded in relief, painted decoration depicts the underside of a lotus flower

Qing Dynasty; ca. 1750




Blue with gold highlights porcelain perfume bottle, 19th century



 Double Headed Incense Pot. Design Elements: Jaguar, plumed serpent. Chorotega.ceramic vessel -San Vicente on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica

 Double Jaguar headed incense vessel Chorotega ceramics

San Vicente on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica



Early 20th Century American Ballerina Perfume Lamp by Fulper Pottery COLLETTI-GALLERY-Chicago

American Ballerina Perfume Lamp by Fulper Pottery  —  COLLETTI GALLERY Chicago

Early 20th Century



Figural Vintage Deco HATTIE CARNEGIE Gold Perfume Bottle

Figural Vintage Art Deco Hattie Carnegie Gold Perfume Bottle



Chinese fine painted ivory double snuff bottle--dating19th-20th Century

Chinese fine painted ivory double snuff bottle
19th-20th Century



Green quartz ‘liu hai and toad’ snuff bottle official school, qing dynasty,-18th---19th-century

Green quartz ‘liu hai and toad’ snuff bottle official school, qing dynasty

18th-19th century



Hedi Schoop ceramic perfume night light

Hedi Schoop ceramic perfume night light



Japanese Satsuma incense vessel

Japanese Satsuma incense vessel



Incense box (kogo) in the form of a plum flower, Edo period

Incense box (kogo) in the form of a plum flower

Edo period



Incense burner Chinese Sancai 3 color' tripod incense burner lead-­‐based glazes mixed with copper (green) and iron (amber-brown).

Incense burner Chinese ‘Sancai 3 color’ tripod incense burner lead-­‐based glazes mixed with copper (green) and iron (amber-brown).



Kangxi Chinese famille verte porcelain rosewater sprinkler




Rene Lalique Helene perfume bottle

Rene Lalique Helene perfume bottle



Heinrich Hoffman perfume bottle, circa-1920s,-in-opaque black and orange crystal with metalwork and jewels

Heinrich Hoffman perfume bottle- opaque black and orange crystal with metalwork and jewels

Czech circa 1920s


Rene-Lalique-perfume-bottle amber glass with whit dancing female nudes

Rene Lalique perfume bottle



Le Jour Vintage Perfume Bottle Art Deco Style perfume-France

Le Jour  Art Deco Style perfume bottle – France



Maurice-Marinot-lidded glass bottle(1925)-Artsy

Maurice Marinot lidded glass bottle

(1925) Artsy




J ‘ ai Fait Un Reve –  ‘I have a dream’.  A bright matte bottle is crowned with a sculptural cap-stopper in the form of a head, made of Baccarat crystal.

 Perfumer Majda Bekkali 



Turquoise Perfume Bottle by Cache La Pottery

Turquoise Perfume Bottle by Cache La Pottery



Perfume-Bottle-Dalcrose with figural stopper

Dalcrose Perfume Bottle



Pink coral snuff bottle---dating19th-20th Century---provenance-China

Chinese pink coral snuff bottle

19th-20th Century



Iran, silver rose water bottle made of silver gilt,-early 12th-century

Iran, silver rose water bottle made of silver gilt

early 12th century



Richard Satava Art Glass Vintage Perfume Bottle

Richard Satava Art Glass Vintage Perfume Bottle



Roman Bath House Perfume Bottle by Lydia Muell

Roman Bath House Perfume Bottle by Lydia Muell

Lampwork Treasures



Snuff Bottle--Date-19th-century-Culture-China

Chinese Snuff Bottle




Orange glass snuff bottle

Chinese Orange glass snuff bottle



Pierced brass incense burner

Syria, Damascus –  late 13th–early 14th century



Art Deco-1925-Perfume Bottle German Porcelain Lady Head Crown Top

German Art Deco Perfume Bottle




Vintage DeVilbiss Perfume Lamp 1920s Art Deco-Nude-Nymph-Fairy

Vintage DeVilbiss Cylinder Perfume Lamp

1920s Art Deco



Vintage Moorcroft hand painted perfume bottle

Vintage Moorcroft hand painted porcelain perfume bottle



Vintage-frosted glass perfume-bottle-nude-female figures

Vintage frosted glass perfume bottle



Acob Petit style Porcelain Scent Bottle,-with-retailers-marks-for-Casse-Maillard

Acob Petit style Porcelain Scent Bottle



Rene Lalique crystal Les Elfes perfume bottle

Rene Lalique crystal Les Elfes perfume bottle



Lampe veilleuse Pierrot Art Déco Limoges porcelain figure

Lampe veilleuse Pierrot Art Déco Limoges

Montières. Pot covered openwork enamelled earthenware polychrome

Montières ceramic perfume vessel



ROBJ.-Paris. -- Spanish lady Circa-1925-1931

ROBJ. Paris. — Spanish lady perfume lamp

Circa 1925-1931



German.-Balinese Princess perfume lamp

Balinese Princess perfume lamp



Argilor.-Paris.-The travellers.-Circa-1925-1935.-Night-light-burner-perfumes-enamelled-porcelain-polychrome

Argilor ‘The travellers’ – Night light perfume burner

Circa. 1925-1935, Paris

Camard-&-Associés Auction House



Fraureuth..-Kunstabrellung. Nacke Carl.-The abduction of Europe.-Porcelain-enamelled-polychrome-group

Carl Nacke .  ‘The abduction of Europe’

Fraureuth porcelain factory, Kunstabrellung


ROBJ. Paris.-La-vénitienne.-Circa-1925-1931-Height-30.5 cm

ROBJ  Paris ‘The Venetian’

Circa – 1925-1931 Height-30.5cm



Tharaud Camille. ‘Sultan’

Circa 1930

JB France.-Hindu princess porcelain figurine

Hindu princess porcelain figurine – JB France


Elte. Limoges. L France.-Elegant-in-indoor-pajama-and-her-dog.-Circa-1925-1935

Limoges porcelain Circa.

Paris 1925-1935

Camard-&-Associés Auction House



Aladdin. La France.-The offering.-Circa-1925-1935 Nude female figurine

Aladdin. La France – ‘The offering’

Circa 1925-1935 Height 22.5 cm




Hindu princess porcelain figurine

Circa 1925-1935




Aladdin. Heubach – ‘Woman with amphora’

Circa 1925-1935



Argilor. Paris. The sigher in front of the gate.-Circa-1925-1935

Argilor. Paris. The sigher in front of the gate



Argilor Paris. Woman with elephant. Circa 1925 1935.-Rare-night-light-burner-perfumes-in-enamelled-porcelain-polychrome.-Tuyas-burl-veneer-base.-Signed

Argilor Paris. ‘Woman with elephant’ porcelain night light perfume burner

Circa 1925 1935

Camard-&-Associés Auction House




Werkstatt Eigene. Fraureuth. Kunstabrellung.-Pierrot and Colombine.-Circa 1925-1935.-Subject-enamelled-porcelain-polychrome.-Wear-the-EW-monogram-on-the-fold.-Height-27

Werkstatt Eigene. ‘Pierrot and Colombine’ perfume vapouriser

Circa 1925-1935 Fraureuth. Kunstabrellung




Symphony of dreaming visuals



The Arabian Nights - Maxfield Parish

‘Aucassin Seeks for Nicolette’  – Maxfield Parish




Froggy Fiddler-.-Artist--Luis-Alberto-Quispe-Aparicio Green glass frog with violin

Froggy Fiddler — Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio


Dreamscapes in the arts


Every night when we sleep, we are reminded that there is more to our consciousness then what we perceive with our real time perception. During sleep a totally random menu of involuntary dreamscapes gets served up, presenting dream vistas that aren’t locked into a linear time frame and can shift rapidly. Maybe our imagination gets revitalized during sleep, being stimulated by forms and imagery not confined to the normal rules of matter and construct, and act as stimuli to discover greater possibilities. Dreams can be vague and confusing, while at other times extremely lucid. They can act as a vehicle for invention and inspiration and be doorways to spiritual experiences. Too much dreaming can be exhaustive, while in other instances dreams can act as a release and be healing.

In art, otherworldly, nebulous and the surreal are all employed to create the vague ambience of dreams and this dimension grants the license to express the quirky and odd. Impressionistic paintings usually conjure a dreamlike feeling and I’ve included art from Elena Markova for her captivating ethereal vistas. The random, disjointed images of surrealist art also alludes to the world of dreams and I’ve included a few images from the photographer Jerry Uelsmann for his imaginative works. The dreamy lighting of Maxfield Parish makes him a natural inclusion. Also added are the mystical Australian indigenous paintings, channeled from the Dreamtime, and originally serving as a conduit to the subconscious. Other dream related art pieces are also in the mix.


Battle of city, cosmic and morning light-by-Neil Zeller

‘Battle of city, cosmic and morning light’ by Neil Zeller



I-Dream-of-Fish-and-Flowers-Diana Fayt turquoise plate

‘I Dream of Fish and Flowers’ – Diana Fayt



Seven Sisters Dreaming-Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi aboriginal painting

‘Seven Sisters Dreaming’  —  Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi



Galerie-accroTerre---Christophe-Betmalle---2014-- French sculpture bust

Christophe Betmalle

Galerie Accro Terre



‘Aphroditeeros’ – Akai Takamori




Curtis Benzle Softly as in a Dream

‘Softly as in a Dream’ – Curtis Benzle



Children's-Water-Dreaming-aboriginal-art painting

Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi, ‘Children’s Water Dreaming’




Jerry Uelsmann-photo

Jerry Uelsmann photo




‘Dream Awakening’ — Ima Naroditskaya




Girl and sea of dreams-Keramikas-CZ

‘Girl and sea of dreams’ – Keramikas, Czech



Julia Feld-Sweaty Dreams-sculpture

Julia Feld -‘Sweaty Dreams’



 Jaguar Dreaming the Mystery by BlueFireStudio on Etsy

‘ Jaguar Dreaming the Mystery’ by BlueFireStudio on Etsy



Labradorite-Antsohamay-Quarry,-Tulear-Prov.,-Madagascar - dreamstone

Labradorite  dreamstone

Tulear Prov., Madagascar



Lela Maharobeli _ Field of Dreams painting

Lela Maharobeli  — ‘Field of Dreams’ painting




Kurt Weiser




Jerry Uelsmann – Dream Portal



Lisa Van Noorden-Dreaming sculpture of a girls head

Lisa Van Noorden – ‘Dreaming’




‘The Alchemist’s Dream’ mosaic panel — Irina Charny

Irina Charny Mosaics



Sgraffito Ocean Dream Pot - Rachel Wolf

Rachel Wolf ‘ – ‘Sgraffito Gone Wild’




Totems – Rachel Wolf

Wolfrworkstudios – Instagram




‘Beyond The Dreamtime’ — Ainslie Roberts




'Yala Thukurrpa- - Wild Potato-Dreaming at Mikanji' Australian indigenous art

‘Yala Thukurrpa- – ‘Wild Potato Dreaming at Mikanji’ Australian indigenous art




Red Anemone Dreaming ceramic Bowl by Penny Evans

‘Red Anemone Dreaming’ ceramic Bowl by Penny Evans



'Beyond The Dreamtime' -- Ainslie Roberts - aboriginal meditation

‘Beyond The Dreamtime’ — Ainslie Roberts




Will Herrera Ocean Dream abstract sculpture

Will Herrera ‘Ocean Dream’ abstract sculpture



-Dakinin-Rodeo-Robbiv-Hood -- digital Art


Odyssey Portal – ‘Dakini Rodeo Apocalyptic Riders”

Digital art – Robbiv Hood



Noonan-Antiques Chinese-dream-stone,-17th---18th-Century

 Chinese dreamstone,  17th—18th Century

Noonan Antiques



Xiaoping Zhou-Dream Of Land-125-x-165-cm

Xiaoping Zhou – ‘Dream Of Land’

125-x-165-cm      Hotham Street Contemporary




Arina Alincai



Bébé-Bleu--France-Fauteux suureal sculpture

‘Bébé Bleu’ — France Fauteux





Sergei-Isupov-ceramic-sculptures-clay-art Surrealist sculpture

Sergei Isupov, Russia



 Don Yeoman Ravens Dream_ 48x72

Don Yeoman ‘Raven’s Dream’

48 x 72 inches


Trees and Dream theater

Jerry Uelsmann, ‘Tree Goddess’ 1994,

Dream Theater



The sleep of sorrow and the dream of joy---Raffaelle Monti

‘The sleep of sorrow and the dream of joy’ — Raffaelle Monti



The place where dreams are born---Kasia Derwinska

‘The place where dreams are born’ — Kasia Derwinska



The Earth Died Screaming While I lay Dreaming-Laura Jean McGlauglin

‘The Earth Died Screaming While I lay Dreaming’ – Laura Jean McGlauglin




‘The Dream’—-Conversation—Melvin Sokolsky




Czech František Drtikol-photo of a dreamy female acrobat

Czech František Drtikol photo


Beyond-The-Dreamtime-Ainslie-Roberts Australian art

Ainslie Roberts



Aboriginal-Rock-Art-dreamtime-Wandjina paintings

Dreamtime Wandjina cave paintings, Australia




‘Enchanted Prince’ by Maxfield Parrish




Ernabella Ceramics,-Rhoda Tjitayi---Anumara-Tjukurpa---Caterpillar Dreaming, 2015, stoneware,-H-31

Ernabella Ceramics, Rhoda Tjitayi—Anumara Tjukurpa—‘Caterpillar Dreaming’,

2015,  stoneware, H 31 inches



Elnaz---Shadows of my Dream

Elnaz — ‘Shadows of my Dream’



Elena-Markova-boat-flautist paainting

Elena Markova  – Boat flautist



Elena-Markova-forest-of-dreams painting

Elena Markova – Forest of dreams



Dream-Theater,-2004-Jerry Uelsmann photo

Dream Theater, Jerry Uelsmann photo




Katsina janus terracotta head, Nigeria.-ca.-500-B.C.E.-–-200-C.E

Katsina janus terracotta head, Nigeria. ca. 500 B.C.E.-–-200 C.E

Musee Barbier Mueller


Joey Chiarello-'Life is but a Dream'-Stoneware,

Joey Chiarello – ‘Life is but a Dream’ stoneware sculpture




Dream Plant of an Imaginary Garden,-2007-Sevres-porcelain

‘Dream Plant of an Imaginary Garden’, Sevres porcelain




‘Dream Pillow’ – Mandala Pottery


Dream On---Elizabeth Price

‘Dream On’ — Elizabeth Price



Dreaming-or-October-1928-by-Maxfield-Parrish-1a girl sitting by a lake

‘Dreaming’ by Maxfield Parrish




Dream-sculpture bust Latchezar-Boyadjiev

‘Dream’ – Latchezar Boyadjiev




‘Dreamcatcher’ – Jo Felstead Hill



All-paths-lead-to-Quargla-Robbiv-Hood digital artist

‘All paths lead to Quargla’  – Robbiv Hood



Chinese Dream Stone painted with a woodland scene on a veined green stone,-12-tall-The Cobb auctioneers

Chinese Dream Stone painted with a woodland scene on a veined green stone

12 inch tall -The Cobb auctioneers



Cookie jar--'dreaming-of-coffee'- Etsy

Cookie jar–‘Dreaming of Coffee’ – Jerilynn Babroff




CHAROworks-Pavel-Charouse kLike-a-Dream---Winterstone

Pavel Charousek ‘Like a Dream’—Winterstone sculpture



Budgerigar Dreaming-1972 Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa

‘Budgerigar Dreaming’  —  Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa



Antonov-Ira-female-ballerina daydreamer

Antonov Ira – Ballerina Daydreamer





Anna Lebedeva abstract painting




Ancient sacred aboriginal dreamtime rock art — Chris Rainer



Natalia-Golovkina-pot - Aussie icons

Downunder Dreaming – Natalia Golovkina

To dream of a pitcher or jug, denotes that you will be of a generous and congenial disposition. Success will attend your efforts.




Ashley Maxwell



Marc Chagall-- Clowns at night-painting

Marc Chagall — ‘Clowns at night’



Vicke Lindstrand (Swedish, 1904-1983), Kosta, Mid Summer Nights Dream Engraved Glass Vase

Vicke Lindstrand – ‘Mid Summer Nights Dream’ Engraved Glass Vase




Blue-Circus-by-Marc-Chagall painting of trapeze artist

‘Blue Circus’ by Marc Chagall



Alexey Illarionov-wall art panel

Alexey Illarionov wall  panel




Alexey Illarionov



Liz Wolf---Artists---Manitou Galleries-Dream -in flight Moment

 ‘Dream in flight Moment’ – Liz Wolf

Manitou Galleries Santa Fe



Gentleness, obscurity--occurrence in that garden

‘Gentleness, obscurity — occurrence in that garden’ – Elena Markova



'Dream' - UnusualDolls - Etsy ceramic bust

‘Dream’ – UnusualDolls – Etsy





Alexey Illarionov- surrealist ceramic art



Sue Averell_Mermaid Dream abstract painting

Sue Averell  —  ‘Mermaid Dream’



Nonquase’s-Dream.-Height-58cm ceramic bust

‘Nonquase’s Dream’  —  Jessie Mooy




Elena-Markova-dream-art painting

Elena Markova



Christophe-Betmalle-painting abstract faces

Christophe Betmalle



Cruising thru the clayniverse


--Jean Dunand geometric design




VeniceClayArtists 10th anniversary


“There is nothing abnormal about a chess player being abnormal. This is normal.” – Vladimir Nabokov


“The biggest problem I see among people who want to excel in chess – and in business and in life in general – is not trusting their instincts enough. This is the essential element that cannot be measured by any analysis or device, and I believe it’s at the heart of success in all things: the power of intuition and the ability to harness and use it like a master.”  Garry Kasparov


ceramic chess-piece-white-queen

Ceramic chess piece white queen


The genesis for the artistic collective of the Venice Clay Artists came about in 2007 during a summer session of a Venice Adult Ceramic Class in California. As Venice artist Joyce Lieberman relates — “Elaine Roarke, the class teacher, proposed we do 10 minute modelling sessions to create figurative works. Dana Eli presented me with a quick sketch in clay from my pose, which I refined and glazed in two shades of black glaze. She became known as the dark queen and when someone mentioned that ‘Raku Bob’ was at a chess night, this became the catalyst for the inspiratio to create an oversize chess set. Different clay artists that were present signed up to create individual pieces and it eventually came into fruition and was used for public chess demonstrations.” One of the original objectives of the website VeniceClayArtists was to monitor the progress of the chess set.
In 2010 I took on the mantle of resurrecting the expired website, acquiring it online purely for the name, thinking it was connected to Venice in Italy. Having lived in Santa Monica within walking distance of Venice Beach, I was equally pleased to discover the coincidence. So this is my 7th anniversary and nearly 1 billion hits later I am still entranced by the breadth and depth of the vast realm of art that is now accessible online and love the challenge of discovery, research and presentation.

Here is a random collection of eclectic images related to previous posts on VeniceClayArtists with links to them. This will be done over three installments.


Her dream by Victoria Ivanova. chess themed art. Female-shadow,-chess-piece

‘Her Dream’ – Victoria Ivanova



Bali-Jon-Anderson-polymer clay impressed on a copper bowl

Jon Anderson – polymer clay on the surface of a copper bowl

‘Geometric pottery styles’


Roger Capron public sculpture - Vallauris

Roger Capron public sculpture – Vallauris

‘Roger Capron – vivacious Vallauris ceramics’



Daniel Johnston-Pots On The Lawn - a single row of pottery

Daniel Johnston – Pots On The Lawn

‘Pottery whimsical – take the plunge’



Flask with a Lid, Italy – Workshop of Guido Durantino

1540’s Urbino majolica



Raku Ceramics-by Helen Rondell at

Raku portal vase – Ceramics-by Helen Rondell at

Pottery Raku Rapture’



Roger Capron public sculpture - Vallauris

Roger Capron castle courtyard sculpture – Vallauris

‘Roger Capron – vivacious Vallauris ceramics’



Aqua by Serax ceramic sets

‘Calming ceramic vessels – greens, white, black’



Shinobu-Hashimoto-chopstick-ceramic rests

Shinobu Hashimoto chopstick ceramic rests with speckled iron



deap-teal,-by-elephant-ceramics bowl set

‘Deap Teal’, by elephant ceramics



Belgian pottery Charles-Catteau,-Art-Deco-Vase---1928---Design-by-Leon-Lambillotte

Charles Catteau, Art Deco Vase – Design by Leon Lambillotte —1928—

‘Charles Catteau – Art Deco ceramics master’


ScottJacobsonGallery_Yves_Boucard ceramic winged bench

Yves Boucard ceramic winged bench

Scott Jacobson Gallery

‘The Ceramic Furniture of Hun-Chung Lee’



Shinobu-Hashimoto---iron-black-slender-rectangle dish

Shinobu Hashimoto—iron black slender rectangle dish

‘Functional pottery – flora and cuisine’


Shinobu-Hashimoto-rice-bowl with umeboshi plum side dish

Shinobu Hashimoto-rice bowl with umeboshi plum side dish

Functional pottery – flora and cuisine



constructivist black and white teapot

Constructivist black and white teapot



3-tears-for-kerin-ceramic vase - Jenny-Orchard

‘3 Tears for Kerin’ vase – Jenny Orchard

‘Adorable clay mutations – Jenny Orchard’



Ernst Wahliss Art Nouveau female figure relief Vase-(1836-1900)

Ernst Wahliss Art Nouveau female figure relief vase-(1836-1900)




Annie Peaker with her Hare and Tortoise sculpture


‘Bunnies of fortune’



4,200 yr old Silver cup with linear Elamite lady

Marvdasht, Pars Province

‘Intriguing artifacts of the ancients’



Muscle Beach, Venice,  California acrobatis

Muscle Beach, Venice,  California, 1950’s

‘Venice Art Edge, USA’




Chinese Qing Dynasty porcelain vase, Mei Ping form

‘Emperor Qianlong’s hidden Palace’


Joan-Miro-Personnage-More abstract ceramic bust

‘Personnage More’ – Joan Miro




Italian pottery hand painted vintage Desimone Vase/Decanter




Russell Akerman photo – Morecambe summer sunset, Lancashire

‘Russell Ackerman – Lancaster potter’



Josephine-Baker-Paris-1931 signed postcard

Josephine Baker postcard – Paris, 1931

‘Josephine Baker captivates the Jazz Age’



Peter-Hermansson-glass art modernist vessels

Peter Hermansson modernist glass art

‘Modernist glass arts – Sweden’




Dolorosa Sinaga – ‘Sufi Dancer’ foil sculpture

‘Figurative Dance sculptures and art’


Ricky-Maldonado-pottery vase

Ricky Maldonado pottery
‘Hearts of clay’


1997-Carlos-Luna-Irregular-Plate in blue and white

Carlos Luna – ‘Irregular Plate’  1997

‘Dish, Charger, Plate’



Buthaud-René-craquelure-vase with nude female motif

René Buthaud craquelure vase

‘French ceramic excellence – Rene Buthaud, Jean Mayodon’




Mid Century porcelain horse with rider – Alvino Bagni

‘Modernist marvels from the Mid-Century’




Amphora Art Nouveau Ewer with gilt dragon handle

Czechoslovakia, early 20th century,

‘Bohemian Amphora splendour’



Agget-by-egon-moller-nielsen children play sculpture

‘Agget’ by Egon Moller Nielsen

‘Fun sculptures of the playground’



Pottery Village B&B on Yeongheung Island,-South Korea

Housing Crisis? What Housing Crisis! – Pottery Village B&B on Yeongheung Island, South Korea



American-Museum-of-Ceramic-Art-terracotta bull

American Museum of Ceramic Art – terracotta bull

‘AMOCA – 10 year anniversary’


Art-Deco-'Afternoon-Tea seated lady -Clarice-Cliff-Colourway

Art Deco – ‘Afternoon Tea’ —  Clarice Cliff Colourway

‘Clarice Cliff Art Deco: The André Aerne Collection’



Andy Nasisse — Pink Cookie Jar

Sherrie Gallery

‘Collecting Cookie and Biscuit Jars’


Aboriginal artist Penny Evans #383 Estaurine Ceramic Bowl

Penny Evans #383 Estaurine Ceramic Bowl

‘Indigenous Australian arts compilation’

Curvy Capital-Gate-Building-Abu-Dhabi

Capital Gate Building, Abu Dhabi

‘Seeing Red’



Carlos-Luna,-War-Giro-(back),-2005 outdoor male figure sculpture

Carlos Luna – ‘War Giro’





Luigi Garoli for Ceramica Arcore, Italy

‘Contemporary art plates and platters’




Chinesisches Haus – Sanssouci Drottningholm, Sweden




Creekside Pottery

‘Ceramic vessels and lids



Claudette-Colbert-as-Cleopatra-1934 with egyptian revival vase

Claudette Colbert as Cleopatra, 1934

‘Art Deco in the movies’




Ela Cindor brooch — Pearls,-gold, newspaper

‘Beguiling ornamental brooches’





‘Enlightened One’ – Dhokra sculpture – Vichar Vichar

‘Dhokra tribal art’



Vogue Brazil – Julia Frauche – photographed by Zee Nunes

‘Street Cred visuals’




Arabesque French Vase-orientalist-style


French Art Nouveau iridescent arabesque vase




Frida Kahlo, Mexico, 1944




Gabriel Argy Rousseau-Patê-de-verre-Vase-with-Dancer

Gabriel Argy Rousseau Egyptian Revival vase

‘Egyptian Revival Art’



Gotham in Olive,-Motawi Tileworks ceramic wall tile

‘Gotham in Olive’, Motawi Tileworks

‘Creative Ceramic Tile’



Ascoli Piceno State Archaeological Museum

Giuseppe Maria Matricardi plate

Ascoli Piceno State Archaeological Museum





Repro Greek Minoan aquatic theme hand painted double spout pot

‘Minoan Pottery’



Helmut-Schmidt-II-by-Rainer-Fetting-on-artnet sculpture bust

‘Helmut Schmidt II’ by Rainer Fetting


‘Contemporary sculptural busts’


Henry-van-de-Velde.-Vase.-1903 pre Art Deco

Belgian Henry van de Velde Vase. 1903




Art Deco Illustration by Armand Vallee for La Vie Parisienne-1920's Flapper on back of motobike

Art Deco Illustration by Armand Vallee for La Vie Parisienne-1920’s

‘Perusing the poster arts’




‘Gradual Civilization’ Chia Heng Hsieh,- ceramic lusterware lidded vessel



Rajasthan-Indian-Female Dancing

Rajasthan Indian Female Dancing

‘Figurative dance sculptures and art’



Picasso-Madoura-large handled vase with bullfight motif

Picasso Madoura large handled vase

‘Pablo Picasso Ceramics: The Madoura Collection’



Harlem Renaissance sculptor Selma Burke sculpting

Selma Burke (1900-1995), Harlem Renaissance sculptor at work in her studio




Lenci’s Ceramics — Carnival Venizi harlequin figurines




Jeanne Mammen at work in her studio. her painting in the background, Man With Beret





Leonardi Rovereto---Rovereto-Flared-conical-vase

Leonardi Rovereto — Flared conical vase




Les céramiques fauves---Maurice de Vlaminck

‘Les céramiques fauves’ — Maurice de Vlaminck

The Art of ‘ism’s




Lina Vikto

‘Gilded cosmic gyrations of Lina Viktor’





Liza Riddle

‘The Soluble Salt Ceramics of Mark Goudy and Liza Riddle’




Lorna Bailey-Beatles-legend-of-20th-century-John Lennon-charger

Lorna Bailey – Beatles legend of 20th Century John Lennon charger

‘Sixties quest for the elusive Eden’




Mari Simmulson, designer for Upsala Ekeby

Mari Simmulson, designer for Upsala Ekeby, Sweden

‘It’s a potters world.’




Photo Vadim Stein

‘Sculptural Dance Figures’




Mayan skull hacha, or axe, carved from basalt stone. Mexico, circa 600—900 CE




Michael Thacker – ‘Inclusion’




Jin-Kim Myung, ‘Cloud Jar’



Rahel Ungwanaka 'Ankarta' 2005-Queensland-Art-Gallery

Rahel Ungwanaka ‘Ankarta’ 2005

Queensland Art Gallery

‘Australian clayarts – wildlife fauna, flora, landscapes’




Royal Dux Art-deco ceramic figurine

Royal Dux Art-deco ceramic figurine

‘Czech, Bohemia Clayarts’


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Inverloch mermaid


Winged mermaid at the stern of the stone barge at Vizcaya Mansion. Photo by seekingmuse

Winged mermaid at the stern of the stone barge at Vizcaya Mansion.

Photo by seekingmuseI



Nouveau siren of Inverloch


I was randomly exploring the southern Victorian coastline with Google Earth and admiring the ariel sculptural patterns, which were displaying a tremendous array of textures and colours. Near Inverloch, which is a coastal town on the edge of Bass Strait facing Tasmania, I noticed what alluded to be a large figurative form of a mermaid near the shoreline, albeit with a Brancusi like reductionist form and cubist face, gracefully swimming out to sea from the channel of an inlet. It didn’t require much of a stretch of the imagination to see the impressionistic feminine siren and with some light and contrast enhancement and further editing she looked more real. (see below).
Around fourteen months later, I was intrigued to see that a cruise liner called ‘Norwegian Starhad mysteriously became stranded 20km south of Inverloch while on a cruise to New Zealand. After a few days trying to start the engines and get cruising again, and to the distress of its 3000 passengers, it had to be towed over 150 kms back to Melbourne for maintenance, before resuming its trip. According to the local Australian Indigenous women, this strip of  coastline  belongs to the mernaids.
At least the ‘Norwegian Star’ fared better than the fate of the ‘Amazon’, which in 1863, on its way to Mauritius, lost its sails in a wild gale and ended up shipwrecked on the beach at Inverloch near the now aptly named Wreck Creek. At low tides it can still be seen, embedded about 3 meters in the sand. Maybe that’s why the Inverloch siren has an Art Nouveau era coiffure, as that style was emerging around the latter half of the 19th century. Some local sailors avoid navigating this inlet as quite a few smaller boats have sunk there.


Inverloch-mermaid-capture from Google Earth @Veniceclayartists

Inverloch Mermaid (bottom right) from Google Earth

Bass Strait, Inverloch, Victoria

The white specks on the left are dwellings on the coastal fringe.



Inverloch-Mermaid-swimming in jade waters

Inverloch Sirene – see original at end of post



Norwegian Star cruise ship stranded in Inverloch

Norwegian Star cruise ship stranded at Inverloch in Feburary, 2017, currently sailing around the Mediterranean from Venice.




Mermaid art, sculpture and lore


Mermaid sculpture on pier --Mermaid Harbor Norfolk VA

Mermaid sculpture — Mermaid Harbor. Norfolk VA




Mermaids and tales from the ages


Seafarers of old feared mermaids because of their reputation for being able to enchant sailors and lure them into the water. The allure of a sirens voice made sailors steer off course.

In the book Physiologus, written in the Fifth Century AD in Greek by an unknown author, there is a portion dedicated to “The Nature of the Mermaid” which states:

This marvel dwells in an unstable place where the water subsides.
She sinks ships and causes suffering,
She sings sweetly —this siren—and has many voices,
Many and resonant, but they are very dangerous.
Sailors forget their steering because of her singing;
They slumber and sleep and wake too late,
And the ships sink in a whirlpool and cannot surface anymore.


Midsummer Night’s Mermaid Dream

William Shakespeare wrote Midsummer Night’s Dream between 1590 and 1594. In it, he writes:

“I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid on a dolphin’s back,
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
That the rude sea grew civil at her song;
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres
To hear the sea-maid’s music.”



Mermaid sculpture with mosaic background at bar at Caesar’s Palace Hotel

White mermaid sculpture with mosaic background adorning the bar at Caesar’s Palace Hotel

Las Vegas



Coastal Mermaid sculpture near the promenade of the town of La Coruña in Spain's Galicia region

Mermaid sculpture near the promenade of the town of La Coruña in Spain’s Galicia region

Photo – Eric Nathan –  Alamy

In 1493, Christopher Columbus wrote in the ships journal that he spotted three mermaids rising high from the sea. The infamous English pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach) reported seeing mermaids while sailing. Bartholomew Angelicus, in De Propietatibus Rerum, written in the 13th Century described a mermaid, and told of her stealing sailors from their ships.



Waylande Gregory Large Art Deco-Phoenician Style Melusine Ceramic Vase

Waylande Gregory Large Art Deco-Phoenician Style Melusine Vase




'Atargatis'-by-Virginia-Lee mermaid blue aura

‘Atargatis’ by Virginia Lee.


Atargatis was a Syrian Goddess of fertility, love, motherhood, and the sea and sky. She was sometimes depicted as a mermaid. The first appearance of mermaids in human culture seems to have occurred about 1000 BC in Assyria (roughly equivalent to present-day Syria plus the northern area of Iraq). In the mythology of Assyria, the beautiful fertility goddess Atargatis, became a mermaid after casting herself into a lake.

Atargatis eventually became known to the Greeks as Aphrodite Derceto and incorporated into Greek mythology. Greek mythology then expanded on the concept of mermaids, including in part the Nereids, the Tritons, the Sirens and Thessalonike (sister of Alexander the Great)




Mermaid-Sculpture-Klaipeda, Lithuania on Baltic Sea

Baltic Sea mermaid sculpture – Klaipeda, Lithuania



Ian Thomas antique mermaid statue on Lord Street in Southport England

Ian Thomas antique mermaid statue on Lord Street in Southport, England



Arun-SankarThe Jalakanyaka Mermaid statue in Thiruvananthapuram, India

The ‘Jalakanyaka Mermaid’ statue by Arun Sankar

Thiruvananthapuram, India



Antique Italian Cantagalli Maiolica Pottery Vase - Snake Handles - Mermaids

Italian Cantagalli Maiolica Pottery Vase – Snake Handles – Mermaids



Lola the mosaic mermaid on Mermaid Parade Norfolk Virginia

‘Lola the mosaic mermaid’ on Mermaid Parade, Norfolk, Virginia



Nabeul mermaid sculpture at the seaside

Nabeul mermaid sculpture at the seaside, Tunisia



Mermaid Inspirational Wall Sculpture by Fae Factory Artist-Dr Franky Dolan-(clay relief canvas painting-Mixed-Media)

Mermaid Inspirational Wall Sculpture by Fae Factory Artist-Dr Franky Dolan-(clay relief canvas painting-Mixed Media)



Thai mermaid art painting

Thai mermaid with lotus flowers art painting



Lusignan_Relief of The Château de Lusignan

Melusine relief – The Château de Lusignan



Figural Zinc mermaid holding child Fountain

Figural Zinc mermaid fountain – the water spouts from the merboy holding a conch shell




Art Nouveau Porcelain and bronze mermaid pitcher with floral decoration

Art Nouveau Porcelain and bronze mermaid pitcher


Maui-Mermaid wood carved sculpture with baby turtles


Maui Mermaid wood carved sculpture – Dale Zarella




Jean Mayodon ceramic mermaid and merman sculpture

Jean Mayodon ceramic mermaid and merman sculpture

Lebreton Gallery San Francisco



Mermaid sculpture at the Blue Mermaid

Forlorn looking mermaid sculpture at the Blue Mermaid

San Francisco


Tri footed mermaid cup_---Irina Zaytceva

Mermaid cup — Irina Zaytceva



Rene Lalique statuette in 1920 Naïade (Large-Mermaid)

Rene Lalique frosted glass Naïade (Large-Mermaid) statuette, 1920

This was used for a car mascot in 1925



Jean-Pierre-Augier mermaid sculpture

Jean Pierre Augier conchshell mermaid



Leopold Park bathing Mermaid Statue.Photo © by Jan Poppe

Leopold Park Mermaid Statue.

Photo © by Jan Poppe



Seated mermaid-statue next to a lake - sculpture Madrid, Spain

Seated mermaid statue next to a lake

Madrid, Spain


'Guanabara Mitológica'-sculpture by Remo Bernucci with elevated ocean views

Mermaid ‘Guanabara Mitológica’  – sculpted by Remo Bernucci



The Littlest Mermaid Nina Winters-Sculptures

‘The Littlest Mermaid’  –  Nina Winters




Trafalgar Square mermaid statue

Created by William McMillan and Sir Charles Wheeler for the fountains designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens



Annabelle---Nathalie-Seguin-ceramic sculpture bronze colour naked female figure

‘Annabelle’ by Nathalie Seguin



High-Tide---John-Morris-Sculptures - chic mermaid

‘High Tide’ – John Morris Sculptures




Decorative Mermaid Sculpture Figurine by HS white with flesh tone and gold highlights

 Decorative Mermaid Sculpture  Figurine by HS



Art Nouveau Porcelain Mermaid and Dolphin Vase


Lifesize Mermaid Figurehead sculpture from bow of ship



lasirene_Marie Madeleine Gautier sculpture

‘La sirene’ – Marie Madeleine Gautier



Melusine mermaid vase by Rene Buthaud

Rene Buthaud Sirene melusine vase




Driftwood-female river Sculpture by Debra Bernier

Driftwood Sirene Sculpture by Debra Bernier



Water Woman-2017-Wangechi Mutu

‘Water Woman ‘ —  Wangechi Mutu

Gladstone Gallery NY -2017

Photo David Regen



Delphin-Massier-successfully-united-Art Nouveau forms-with-an-Islamic-influenced-glaze,

Delphin Massier Art Nouveau female figure vase with Islamic lustre glaze



Three Daydream-Island-mermaid-sculptures on the waters edge by David Joffe

Daydream Island mermaid sculptures by David Joffe



Art Nouveau figural table lamp with two mermaids and green glass lamp shade, c1900

Art Nouveau figural table lamp with two mermaids,




Belle Epoque Carved Agate Pearl Gold 'Naiad and Sturgeons' Jewelled brooch

Belle Epoque brooch – Carved Agate, Pearl, Gold ‘Naiad and Sturgeons’




Light green coloured Bronze mermaid fountain, University of Birmingham, England

 Bronze mermaid fountain, University of Birmingham, England




Bronze seated mermaid-fountain in a garden pond

Bronze seated mermaid fountain in garden pool



Art Nouveau candle holder


Art Nouveau mermaid candle holder




Cast-Bronze-Mermaid-Door-Pull by Vadim Androusov

Cast Bronze Mermaid Door Pull by Vadim Androusov 40’s




Arnold Bocklin.-1879 woman at an ocean cliff face

‘Ocean Breakers (The Sound)’ – Swiss symbolist painter Arnold Bocklin.




Mermaid Riding Seahorse Sculpture by Sergio Bustamante

Mermaid Riding Seahorse Sculpture by Sergio Bustamante



Mermaid sculptural Shaped Solid Patinated Bronze Sconce, France, 1950s

Mermaid Shaped Solid Patinated Bronze Sconce, France, 1950’s

Ist dibs



Jean-Mayodon-jade green ceramic Mermaid sculpture

Jean Mayodon



Mermaid with Trident Dish Nyland Gunnar 1944

Mermaid with Trident Dish Nyland Gunnar



Terracotta Mexican Mermaid Sirena by Teyacapan,-via Flickr

Terracotta Mexican Mermaid Sirena

photo by Teyacapan, via Flickr




Mid-Century Modern Rene Buthaud French Ceramic Glazed Vase - BERTIL BERNHARDT-Miami

Mid-Century Modern Rene Buthaud French Ceramic Glazed Vase




Minton-Majolica-putti-&-mermaid-merman-figural pitcher

Minton Majolica putti, mermaid-merman pitcher



Porcelain Mermaid Vase

White porcelain Mermaid Vase





Art Nouveau bronze mermaid glass goblet



Thailand outdoor-mermaid-sculpture, Chang-Mai

Thailand outdoor mermaid sculpture with creepers, Chang Mai




Turquoise Royal-Dalton-Hand-Painted-Mermaid-Vase with gold twin handles

Royal Dalton Hand painted mermaid vase



white mermaid on rock sculpture

Large white mermaid statue

Philosophy Antiques and Design, Laguna Beach




Puerto Vallarta mermaid sculptures

Puerto Vallarta —  Mermaid and Merman statues



Sergio Bustamante mermaid sculpture

Sergio Bustamante siren sculpture





Mermaid Vase Modern Pottery — Jonathan Adler


Mermaid sculptures, Nabeul, Tunsia




Vintage Royal Haeger Mermaid Planter

14 inches tall



Warszawska-Syrenka-sculpture - siren with a shield and sword

Warszawska Syrenka sculpture, Poland




Bronze mermaid statue sculpture at seaside

Hebei, China D&Z Sculpture



medieval,-Mermaid,ceramic plate -1475-1500,-The-Victoria-and-Albert-Museum

Medieval Mermaid plate,  1475 –  1500,

The Victoria and Albert Museum


Inverloch swimming mermaid - Veniceclayartists

Original Google Earth image – click to expand






South Africa creative pottery


A selection of South African ceramic artists, highlighting the rich diversity of their contemporary clayarts.



Donve Branch


Donvé currently works with kaolin and bastitle clay and uses primitive firing methods to explore the dynamic interplay of fire and earth that defines traditional African pots. She has been a South African Eastern Cape potter for over 45 years and has always loved the rhythm and focus that comes from throwing clay on the wheel. Her organic looking pottery features large burnished surfaces that allow her to explore primitive firing methods for her functional reduction wares. Donve likes to experiment with the many different forms of pit-firing and loves to test and  manipulate the vagaries of the delicate hues and serendipitous highlights that adorn pit-fired pots.
She has ran pottery workshops from her Port Elizabeth studio and was involved with Vlok Potteries but now concentrates soley on studio ceramics. She gravitates towards closed globular forms that are influenced by the functionality and strength of the wares of the rural potter. Donve is drawn to experimention with various combustibles, surface covers and chemicals combined with bisque fired vessels in open pits or saggers, subjecting the pots to single or multiple firings; driven by the desire to push the boundaries of her knowledge
Throwing pots of white earthenware that retain their European form, while pursuing the exploration of the relationship between clay and fire, that characterizes traditional African unglazed pots, defines her attractive pottery.




Agapanthus-Donve-Branch-South African pottery

Globular pots – Donve Branch



Donve-Branch-pottery vessel with abstract motif

Donve Branch



Donve-Branch-pit-fired-baluster vessel

Donve Branch pit fired baluster vessel




Donve_Branch=african-potter in studio


Donve Branch



Donve-Branch-globular-pot pit fired raku finish

Donve Branch



Donve-Branch--terracotta-planter with succulent

Handbuilt  planter – Donve Branch



Nguni-Jar-Donve-Branch lidded vessel

‘Nguni Jar’ – Donve Branch

Afrikana Gallery



Donve Branch – ovoid pit fired vessel




Tall ceramic bottles – Donve Branch

Afrikana Gallery




Donve Branch



Pit-Smoked-Bottle--Donve-Branch ovoid shape

Pit Smoked Bottle — Donve Branch



Donve-Branch-squat-bottle-vessel with twin lugs

Donve Branch – squat bottle vessel with twin lugs



Donve-Branch-black-burnished ceramic bottle

Donve Branch  — black burnished bottle



Squat ceramic bottle pit fired - Donve Branch

Squat ceramic pit fired bottle – Donve Branch



Three tall slender ceramic bottles -- Donve BRanch

Three tall slender ceramic bottles — Donve BRanch




Two orange and black globular vessels - Donve BRanch

Two footed globular vessels  —  Donve Branch



ceramic plate and jar -- Donve Branch

Ginger Jar and Pit Smoked Plate – Donve Branch




two-figure-plate Donve Branch

Two figure plate – Donve Branch



Burnished globular bottle - Donve Branch

Burnished globular bottle – Donve Branch




Donve Branch ceramic bowl




Charmaine Haines



Charmaine Haines ceramic wall figure fountain




Charmaine-Haines female face and bird motif vase-South-Africa

Charmaine Haines  —  female face and bird motif footed vase


Charmaine Haines ceramic plate

Charmaine Haines



Standing female figure vase - Charmaine Haines

Standing female figure vase – Charmaine Haines


Charmaine-Haines ceramic abstract figure sculpture

Charmaine-Haines ceramic abstract figure sculpture



See more Charmaine Haines here


Lisa Liebermann


I have been playing with clay for as long as I remember. My journey has taken me from JHB to Cape Town and then to Plettenberg bay where I lived and worked for 15 years. Lisa, a third generation ceramic artist now lives in the vibrant Johannesburg again, creating bespoke commissions, offering regular art classes at a new pottery school in Raedene along with workshops and team building events.



Agapanthus-Lisa-Liebermann round flat faced bottle

Lisa Liebermann  —  round flat faced bottle, tribal figure motif



Agapanthus-Lisa-Liebermann - ceramic vase

Lisa Liebermann – hand painted ceramic vase



Ceramic panel - Lisa Liebermann

Ceramic panel – Lisa Liebermann



Ceramic vase with tall female tribal figure -- Lisa Liebermann

Ceramic bottle vase with tall female tribal figure — Lisa Liebermann




Michael Cardew – ceramic chalice




ceramic headrest Imiso ceramics

Ceramic headrest – Imiso Ceramics




Imiso Ceramics—Hand Pinched walford1 white clay hand pinched bowl




John-Shirley-african-ceramic vase

John Shirley



John-Shirley----African ceramic-vessel

John Shirley







Ardmore Buck teapot




Ardmore floral motif dish




Ardmore-Ceramics-Leopard-relief Planter-

Ardmore Ceramics – Leopard relief planter


See more Ardmore here



Lucinda Mudge


Lucinda Mudge’s vivid vases captivate the eye with their rich colours and intricate detail, quite often expressing a range of contemporary and historical sources that convey a complex narrative.  Utilising hand-mixed glazes and stains, each piece is as unique as the narrative it tells using a broad range of themes, images and text. She also likes to pay homage to other famous ceramicists.


Striped vase by Lucinda Mudge

Striped vase by Lucinda Mudge – height 44cm

Agapanthus, Capetown



You-Are-Here-vase --Lucinda-Mudge vase with world map

‘You Are Here’  — Lucinda Mudge vase with world map



Lucinda-Mudge-Be-Not-Afraid-ceramic-h-48-cm red vase green panel motif

Lucinda Mudge ‘Be Not Afraid’ ceramic vessel

height  48 cm



Lucinda Mudge-after-Matteo-Nigetti-ceramic-h-43-cm

Lucinda Mudge  —  ceramic vase after Matteo Nigetti

height -43-cm



the-beat-of-my-heart_yellow vase -Lucinda-Mudge

‘The beat of my heart’_yellow vase  – Lucinda Mudge



Lucinda Mudge -Thank-You-You-re-Welcome-ceramic vase-h-52-cm

‘Thank You You’re Welcome’ ceramic vase — Lucinda Mudge

height -52 cm




Lucinda Mudge Mami Wata vase




Lucinda-Mudge---Bigger-Better-Faster-Cooler, vase

Lucinda Mudge — ‘Bigger Better Faster Cooler’, vase





Honey bees vase – Lucinda Mudge



Lucinda-Mudge-You-Had-It-Coming-tiger vase

Lucinda Mudge – You Had It Coming You Know





‘After Cazeaux I’ ceramic vase -Lucinda Mudge

height 54 cm



After-Catteaux-II-ceramic vase -Lucinda-Mudge height-49-cm-

‘After Catteaux II’ ceramic vase – Lucinda Mudge

height-49 cm



Take-What-You-Want-ceramic vase - Lucinda-Mudge

‘Take What You Want’ ceramic vase – Lucinda Mudge




Thijs Nel


karoo landscape pottery Thijs Nel

Karoo landscape pottery  —  Thijs Nel



Meulsteen-Altar-Thijs-Nel-Stoneware Sculpture

‘Meulsteen Altar’ – Thijs Nel Stoneware Sculpture

Gallery 88



Still-Life-on-Sotho-Blanket-oil on cnavas Thijs-Nel

‘Still Life on Sotho Blanket’ – oil on canvas by Thijs Nel




Thijs-Nel-sculptural-ceramic vase

Thijs Ne sculptural ceramic vase

Gallery 88



Sculpture,– Koning en Koningin (King and Queen)  —  Thijs Nel



Large ceramic vase - Thijs Nel, ZA

Thijs Nel, ZA



Larger-Sculptures-masl-2016-Thijs-Nel jade green abstract male face

Large ceramic sculpture mask  – Thijs Nel



'Pomegranate Joy' - Thijs Nel 760mm-x-600mm-Acrylic-on-Canva abstract painting

‘Pomegranate Joy’ – Thijs Nel

760mm x 600mm – Acrylic on Canvas



Folded ceramic-vessel -- Thijs Nel

Thijs Nel folded sculpture vessel




lucky-madlo-sibiya-calabash ceramic sgraffito vessel

Lucky Madlo Sibiya calabash sgraffito vessel




Lucky Madlo Sibiya incised ceramic vessel, ZA



Ruan-Hoffman-ceramic-vase black and white abstract

Ruan Hoffman-ceramic vase black and white abstract



water lily plate - Ruan Hoffman

Ruan Hoffman




Agapanthus-Tim-Morris-ceramic platter

Tim Morris ceramic rectangular dish





Agapanthus-Johannes-Scott red bowl

Johannes Scott bowl




Martin Haines  --  'Willow Tree Cat' pink and white

Martin Haines  —  ‘Willow Tree Cat’



Agapanthus-Martin-Haines hare figurine-(1)A-studio-potter-living-in-Nieu-Bethesda

Martin Haines ceramic hare figurine





Ralph Johnson stoneware bowl



Red Porcelain-bowl-Ralph-Johnson

Porcelain bowl Ralph Johnson



Lee-Hensberg hand paintd vase--freakalee-ceramics

Lee Hensberg – Freakalee Ceramics




Lee Hensberg--butter ceramic dish with bird handle

Lee Hensberg butter dish

Freakalee Ceramics


Art Deco in the movies



actress Ann Sothern with circus acrobat on horde statue

Ann Sothern and circus acrobat on horse statue – 1939



Art Deco, Style Moderne meets Hollywood


The Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, had a major impact on the launch of Art Deco, including its name, which was derived from Arts Décoratifs. Art Deco was aligned with both luxury and modernity; combining expensive materials and exquisite craftsmanship adapted to modernistic forms. The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (1910-1913), by Auguste Perret was the first landmark Art Deco building completed in Paris. The Art Deco architectural style, although called Style Moderne in France, was not purely modernist but it had many features of modernism, including reinforced concrete, glass, steel, chrome, and like modernism, it rejected traditional historical models.



art deco design by Emile Jacques Ruhlmann

1925 interior of The Grand Salon of the Hôtel d’un Collectionneur at the Arts Decoratifs Expo – design by Emile Jacques Ruhlmann


Le Corbusier, a student of Augeste Perret, exhibited his purely modernist Esprit Nouveau pavilion at the 1925 Paris Exposition and the USSR had a pavilion featuring the flamboyant futurist style of Konstantin Melnikov. Hollywood designer Cedric Gibbons was also in attendance, and the event provoked an upheaval in movie set design. He brought back with him many of the room designs he had seen there and incorporated them into the MGM films he worked on. Gibbons’s designs were idealized images of a life of luxury and style and the huge cinema audiences were mesmerized and ready to escape into this lavish reality of opulence, especially during WWII and the Depression. At the time this style was known as Art Moderne in the USA, but later became labelled as Art Deco. This radical style of future living was widely embraced and emulated in mainstream decor trends and interior designs.

The evolution of Art Deco was closely connected with the rise in status of decorative artists. This was also reinforced by the Paris department stores who recruited artists like Louis Vuitton, René Lalique, and Louis Cartier to design products in a modern style to compliment their fashion ranges.This was a major influence on the costume designs and chic aura created in Hollywood in the 20’s and 30’s. The screen sirens responded to their elegant and serene surroundings with smoldering, sultry, seductive personas filled with elusive mystique which further enhanced the desirability.



Art Deco movie-'The Wonder of Women' (1929) Art Direction by Cedric Gibbons

‘The Wonder of Women’ (1929) Art Direction by Cedric Gibbons. Demetre Chiparus figurine on the coffee table


The convergence of the many influences within Art Deco were on display. Futuristic, streamlined forms, angular geometric Cubist shapes and bold Fauvist colours combined with exotic designs that included Persian, Japanese, Egyptian, Mayan and African. The clean stylized lines and geometric details translated seamlessly into the black and white medium of the movies.
Cedric Gibbons had replaced the Russian designer Erte at MGM, who had struggled with translating his creative vision into practical set designs. Gibbon’s architectural finesse and design innovation was tastefully complimented by amazing decorative objects and contributed to defining the visual aesthetic of this era, which is my main interest in this article. Glamorous elegance abounded with polished floors, mirrored surfaces, walnut panels, chrome highlights and art deco sculptures and light fixtures.
The studios employed some of the finest photographers at the time, who created images that did true justice to the stunning sets and actors, which is featured here. They vividly captured the essence of this charismatic era with a timeless beauty.



Rene Lalique etched glass sculpture

‘Oiseau de_Feu’ –  René Lalique

Dayton Art Institute



Una-Merkel-in the movie Private-Lives

Una Merkel in the movie Private Lives – ScreenDeco

Orientalist statue by ?




Angelo Basso Art Deco La Luna Sculpture Bronze female nude sculpture

 Art Deco ‘La Luna’ Sculpture – Angelo Basso




Alice-Faye-1935 with black cat sculpture on a pedestal

Alice Faye with black cat sculpture




Robert-Montgomery-with Art Deco scotty dog

Robert Montgomery




Cedric Gibbons art deco set design from The Kiss (1929)

Cedric Gibbons art deco set design from ‘The Kiss’ (1929)



Art director Cedric Gibbons used strong, geometric accents to achieve the Art Deco look of Our Dancing Daughters (1928).

‘Our Dancing Daughters’ (1928)  —  Art director Cedric Gibbons used the typically strong geometric accents that were characteristic of Art Deco



Art-Deco-set---The-Artist--2011 Art Deco recreation by set designer Robert Goulet

Art Deco set– ‘The Artist’ –2011 — Art Deco recreation by set designer Robert Gould





Ann Harding




Dolores-Del-Rio-face of Art Deco

Mexican actress Dolores Del Rio who was married to Cedric Gibbons. She was known as the face of Art Deco.


Dolore’s beauty wisdom:

“Take care of your inner beauty, your spiritual beauty, and that will reflect in your face. We have the face we created over the years. Every bad deed, every bad fault will show on your face. God can give us beauty and genes can give us our features, but whether that beauty remains or changes is determined by our thoughts and deeds.” ~ Dolores del Rio

“Exercise, diet, beauty treatments– these things are all a complete waste of time because everyone must get older. If women were more sensible they would cease going to beauty parlors for facials and would instead lie down quietly in the peace of their bedrooms for the same length of time and arise more beautiful in face and more peaceful in spirit. The fact that I’m aging makes me a part of life, a part of the bigger scheme of existence… It is my mind, not my body, that I am trying to preserve, because it is through the mind that I can stay young.” ~ Dolores del Rio, 1964


“The two most beautiful things in the world are the Taj Mahal and Dolores del Río.” –George Bernard Shaw



delores del rio in long floral gown

Dolores del Rio in ‘I Live For Love’



Ann-Sothern and white female figurine statue

Ann Sothern




 Art deco set for the film 'Our Modern Maidens'

The art deco interior of a house which served as the set for the film ‘Our Modern Maidens’, with a sweeping staircase leading from the lounge area. Art direction Cedric Gibbons, MGM




art deco future movie

Futuristic ‘Things To Come’ – 1936




Art-deco-tablelamp-by-Pierre-le-Faguay, Kneeling female sculpture figure

Art deco tablelamp – Pierre le Faguays, signed Guerbe ( pseudonym)




paramouont theatre Oakland

Art Deco Paramount theater. Oakland




Egyptian Art Deco Cleopatra in Hollywood

Egyptian Art Deco in Hollywood



Demetre-Chiparus-art-deco-female figure sculpture

Art Deco dancer –  Demetre Chiparus



Frankenstein-holding maiden

‘The Bride Of Frankenstein’, 1935




Carole lombard with winking greek bust sculpture

Carole Lombard publicity still for ‘Rhumba’, 1935





Spirit of the Centennial statue at Fair Park in Dallas, 1936.

Designed by Raoul Josett and Jose Martin. Carlo Ciampaglia designed the mural behind the statue.




-Josef-Lorenzl.--stylish-lady-sculpture in gold gown

‘Chryselephantine Lady’ –  Josef Lorenzl.





Carole-Lombard with nude figure sculpture

Carole Lombard




Carole Lombard




art deco lobby for GrandHotel

Grand Hotel, 1932

In the book Designing Dreams: Modern Architecture in the Movies, author Donald Albrecht writes, “Circles are prominent in every aspect of the Grand Hotel’s design– an appropriate image for the spinning-wheel-of-fortune scenario. The circular motif appears in the hotel’s round, multilevel atrium with open balconies, in the continually revolving doors, and in ornaments on balcony railings. It also appears in the round reception desk, which acts as a pivot for the curving shots that follow the movement of the film’s characters, who travel across the black-and-white floor like pawns in a chess game. Movie plot and architecture have seldom been so closely harmonized.”



Art Deco fire screen

Art deco fire screen with Art Nouveau floral motif -Rose Iron Works of Cleveland





Claudette-Colbert in harlequin costume

Claudette Colbert




Claudette-Colbert on a throne as Celopatra

Cleopatra – Claudette Colbert




Claudette Colbert wearing satin in 'The Sign of the Cross'

Claudette Colbert in ‘The Sign of the Cross’

Director Cecil B Demille.  1932



Corinne Griffith. Lilies of the Field (1924)

Corinne Griffith. ‘Lilies of the Field’ (1924)




Bronze sculpture elegant figure - Erte

Bronze sculpture figure – Erte




Elissa-Landi at huge white fire place

Elissa Landi and monumental sculptured fireplace




Fay-Wray posing with white art deco sculpture

Fay Wray

Photo Ray Jones



Flying Down To Rio dance scene

‘Flying Down To Rio’ dance scene, 1933




French-Art-Deco-reclining females with large fans Bookends

French Art Deco fan dancer bookends




Genevieve-Tobin posing with white art deco bust

Genevieve Tobin and a white art deco bust




Art deco staircase

Impressive Art Deco staircase and vase pedestal



Genevieve-Tobin-in art deco set

Genevieve Tobin




Giant-piano-set-from-King-of-Jazz movie

Giant piano set with 4 piano players and orchestra from the movie ‘King of Jazz’




Czech-Deco geometric-cut-glass-design-and-ruby-overlay-trim

Art Deco spherical vase with geometric cut glass design and ruby overlay trim – Continental (Czechoslovakia)




GRreta Garbo hollywood mystique

Greta Garbo – ‘Mata Hari’


Grace-Bradley-chatting on the phone

Grace Bradley under a Cubist Xmas tree



Helen-Twelvetrees posing with to art deco figure sculptures

Helen Twelvetrees



Jean-Harlow-Waylande Gregory art deco statue

Jean Harlow – Theo Vos art deco statue ( see below)




Theo-Vos---Ballerina---c.-1927---white porcelain statue

Art Deco white porcelain ‘Ballerina’ statue by Theo Vos for the German ‘Hutschenreuther Porcelain’

height 37cm  c.1927

Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Salamanca




ODYV-French-Art-Deco mantle clock with black panther figures

ODYV French Art Deco mantle clock with gold panthers

Chateau Antiques



Joan-Bennett-movie actress

Joan Bennett, ‘She Couldn’t Take It’





Joan Marsh posing in a bathing suit

Joan Marsh



Art Deco panel

French Art Deco screen – A Soleau

Table—Jules Leleu   Chairs—Andre Arbus




Joan Marsh posing with beach ball

Joan Marsh



Josephine Baker sitting on tiger skin rug

Josephine Baker

Also see Josephine Captivates The Jazz Age



Juliette-Compton with art deco panel

Juliette Compton



masked Kay-Johnson-in-Madam-Satan

Kay Johnson in ‘Madam Satan’



Aelita: 'Queen of Mars' futuristic movie - Russia 1924

Aelita: ‘Queen of Mars’

Russia 1924





Art Deco bronze and ivory figure – J Ulrich





Lois Moran

Photo George Hurrell, 1931



Carole-Lombard pouring a cocktail

Carole Lombard




Loretta-Young in long black evening gown

Loretta Young




Marguerite-Chapman with black sculpture head bust

Marguerite Chapman




Mark Stevens and Cathy Downs in ‘The Dark Corner’, 1946





Raymond Léon Rivoire – ‘Women with Hound’

France, 1920



Ruggero Alfredo Michahelles: 'La Quadriga', 1929, Art Deco chariot

Ruggero Alfredo Michahelles: ‘La Quadriga’, 1929,



Merna-Kennedy with tall black cubist statue

Merna Kennedy with a stunning tall Cubist Deco statue



Monkey-Business---Marx-Brothers playing saxaphones

Marx Brothers saxophone quartet in ‘Monkey Business’



Myrna-Loy with a black cat sculpture

Myrna Loy




Myrna-Loy with mirror refkection

Myrna Loy





‘Night Owls’ – Laurel & Hardy






Norma Shearer in ‘The Divorcèe’ directed by Robert Z.Leonard




Rene Buthaud-ovoid vase with art deco motif of a naked Europa riding a bull

Rene Buthaud – ovoid vase with a naked Europa riding a bull




Our-Dancing-Daughters vintage movie

Art Deco Jazz Age movie, ‘Our Dancing Daughters’, 1928



Our Modern Maidens

Our Modern Maidens, 1929



Rita-Flynn in Art Deco movie set

Rita Flynn




Ruth-Taylor in-Gentlemen-Prefer-Blondes

Ruth Taylor  in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’




Pâte de Verre, Figure designed by Marcel Bouraine

Pâte de Verre, Figure designed by Marcel Bouraine for Gabriel Argy Rousseau






Classic Art Deco fireplace – Jean Harlow in ‘Platinum Blonde’



Speed_-_Harriet_Frishmuth art deco figure sculpture

‘Speed’ – Harriet Frishmuth




art deco movie The Hatchet Man

‘The Hatchet Man’




‘The Sign of Cross’ – Cecil B DeMille





Max-Le-Verrier-art deco-bookends

Max Le Verrier Art Deco bookends


Movie art deco Kay-Francis-(1934)

Kay Francis-(1934)


Jan-et-Joël-Martel-Art deco sculpture female figurine

Jean and Joël Martel





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Rooster, Peacock, Phoenix – New Dawn rising


Wall-Mounted Large Red Glazed Ceramic Rooster Designed by Amphora, Belgium

Wall-Mounted Large Red Glazed Ceramic Rooster Designed by Amphora, Belgium



Rooster resurrection


The Year of the Rooster in 2017  has the potential to be an eventual one, with no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward. Being forthright, proactive and lucid will deliver results. Strutting your stuff in your finest threads won’t go astray either. It’s not really a year for procrastination or holding back. Concerning money, love, and business, there won’t be any need to indulge risks to get ahead, just being organised, methodical and persistent with clarity of intention will bring rewards. Shaking the tail feathers and being flamboyant will drive results in the year of the Red Fire Rooster.
It will be a good year for taking back control and bringing planned projects into fruition as well as launching new projects. Bold, striking creations will be popular in this Rooster Year. All of the Chinese animals can reap great rewards by tapping into the Rooster traits of loyalty, optimism, commitment, hard work and family.



Phoenix-Rising-metal sculpture - John Hair

‘Phoenix Rising’ – John Hair



Gaston Lachaise-peacock sculptures in the garden

Gaston Lachaise peacock sculptures, Bartow Pell Mansion Museum

1920, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx


Peacock tiles, William De Morgan. with fish border

Ceramic Peacock tiles, William De Morgan

The exotic and alluring peacock has been an inspiration for many artists, particularly because of its iridescent colors and large plume. Louis Comfort Tiffany, Aubrey Beardsley, Rene Lalique, Gaston Lachaise and Walter Crane all created stunning art at the turn of the 20th century that featured the peacock and its curves were easily adapted to the Art Nouveau aesthetic. Arcanely, the peacock also was an emblem of Resurrection—from the belief, perpetuated in medieval bestiaries, that its flesh did not decay. In Christianity it represented immortality, openness and acceptance. In Mesopotamia the peacock featured in a symbolic representation of a tree flanked by two peacocks, which indicated the dualistic mind and Absolute unity. The peacock thrives on the essence of poisonous plants, and prefers jungles to gardens with fragrant flowers and plants. It stands for beauty being born from a hostile environment, similar to the sacred lotus growing from muddy waters.



carved-Natural-Shoushan-Red Stone-Phoenix----Teapot

Hand carved Natural Shoushan Red Stone Phoenix Teapot


Depero-Fortunato rooster painting

Depero Fortunato futurist rooster




Brown ceramic Zsolnay-Figural-Rooster-Vase

Figural Rooster Vase – Zsolnay




Colorful rooster in the farmyard by AilsaR-flickr

Rooster Strut – AilsaR-flickr



Samuel-Schellink-Art Nouveau peacock porcelain jar

Art Nouveau peacock porcelain jar – Samuel Schellink, Holland




Gambone-Guido mid-century ceramic red rooster sculpture

Gambone Guido, Italy




Yang Liping (L) performs in her dance drama 'The Peacock' during the first Yang Liping International Dance Festival in Kunming, ...

Chinese dancing master Yang Liping (L) performs in her dance drama ‘The Peacock’ during the first Yang Liping International Dance Festival in Kunming



Feng-Huang public statue Naning, China

Feng-Huang/phoenix  public statue Nanning, China


Going back 8000 years to the Hongshan neolithic period, an ancient bird called the fenghuang appeared on jade and pottery motifs. Also known as the “August Rooster” it sometimes takes the place of the Rooster in the Chinese Zodiac. It also was known as the Chinese Phoenix and appeared on coins and bronze figurines and was a symbol of renewal and rejuvenation. Some believe they may have been a good-luck totem among eastern tribes of ancient China .
Scholars have observed analogues to the phoenix in a variety of cultures. These include the Hindu garuda, the Russian firebird, the Persian Simorgh, Georgian Paskunji, the Arabian Anka, the Tibetan Me byi karmo, the Chinese fenghuang and zhu que, and the Japanese hō-ō. According to some texts, the phoenix could live for over 1,400 years. The ancient Egyptians worshiped the Bennu bird (phoenix) as a deity linked with the sun, creation, and rebirth.


Egyptian gold Bennu pendant

Egyptian Bennu



Papyrus-Painting-of-a-Benu-Bird being worshiped in Egypt

Egyptian Bennu (phoenix) bird



hamburg germany rooster weathervane

Rooster weathervane, Hamburg



Interior of the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Spain

Jordiferrer Wikipedia


There are numerous legends associated with the The Camino de Santiago, also known as the pilgrim’s “Way of Saint James”, involving the portents of rooster resurrection and crowing to prove a man’s innocence. One of the tales is of a young German pilgrim in the 14th Century, who was framed with the theft of a silver cup for shunning the advances of a Spanish girl. He met the gallows for his misfortune and only survived this ordeal with divine assistance and the timely arrival of his parents who saw he was still alive. On pleading with the magistrate while he was dining, who claimed he was no more alive than the roast bird on his table, as too much time had passed.  At this juncture. the rooster got up, fluffed its plume, which had miraculously returned, and began to dance and crow which led to the pilgrims rescue and freedom.

To this day they have kept live roosters at the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada in honour of this legend.



Chinese peacock plate

Peacock plate, China




Rooster ceramic jug-Mitchell-Grafton

Folk Art pottery rooster jug – Mitchell Grafton




Constantin Brancusi, Cock,



Sargadelos stylized rooster jug/ewer

Sargadelos ceramic rooster jug/ewer




rene lalique cockerel tiara gold

Rene Lalique cockerel tiara




Aldo Londo Rimini Blue Bitossi Rooster



Marcello Fantoni mid century ceramic rooster

Marcello Fantoni, Italy





Areté-Collection---George-Sellers white bisque peacock

George Sellers white bisque peacock – Areté Collection



Plumed tail cockerel statue by Roger Capron

Stylized plume tail cockerel – Roger Capron



Red twin rooster head vase - AV Smith

Twin rooster head vase – A.V.Smith Pottery




 Tatiana Ryaboushinskaya as Golden Cockerel  – projected shadows as set design

Ballet Russes -1938



Colorful Ceramic Rooster cookie Jar

Rooster Cookie Jar




Two glass roostersBilly-&-Katie-Bernstein

A pair of glass rooster figurines – Billy & Katie Bernstein



Red, brown-and-black-cockerel ceramic sculpture ---Joe-Lawrence

Cockerel ceramic sculpture — Joe Lawrence




Jean Lucrat stylized rooster ceramic tile

Jean Lucrat ceramic stylized Rooster tile




Sculpture-by-the-Sea,-Bondi,-Australia-2012 Rooster sculpture

Copper Rooster

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia 2012




Fontainebleau-ceramic rooster in red and white

Ceramic Rooster Fontainebleau

Osenat Auctions



Twin peacock bronze vase, China

Chinese twin peacock bronze  vase




Majestic cockerel ceramic figural sculpture

Majestic decorative ceramic rooster




Vase with large rooster motif  – Roger Capron




‘Cockerel’ –  British artist Breon O’Casey (1928-2011). Bronze/ black patina, 62 cm high.

via Mutual Art




Delphin Massier ceramic Rooster

‘Crowing Rooster’ – Delphin Massier




two dancing-cockerels -by-Joe-lawrence

Dancing Cock by Joe Lawrence




david-galchutt His-morning-strut Rooster painting

‘His Morning Strut’ watercolor illustration by David Galchutt, California



Ceramic hen piggy bank

Ceramic hens piggy banks



Joan Miro coq disk

‘Coq Disque’ – Joan Miro



Edmond-Lachenal-ceramique cockerel

Crowing ceramic rooster — Edmond Lachenal



Georges-Jouve-Sculpture,-1952 - abstract rooster

Black abstract rooster – Georges Jouve Sculpture




garden-cockerel-bronze-resin strutting cockerel

Strutting Rooster resin/bronze sculpture – Brian Hollingworth.





Rooster vase by Nan Hamilton

Four Roosters vase – Nan Hamilton




Harriet-Barb-Keith-fine detail mosaic art rooster

Harriet Barb Keith



sascha-brastoff-green and gold rooster

Teal green and gold rooster – Sascha Brastoff

17 inches tall



Waylande Gregory Studios. USA




Meissen Cruet and Mustard Pot with male and female figures riding roosters

Meissen Cruet and Mustard Pot




Portuguese rooster statue in Porto

Porto street rooster statue—Portugal

The Rooster of Barcelos (Portuguese, “Galo de Barcelos“) is one of the most common emblems of Portugal also celebrating the story of the rooster resurrection.




Meiji-multi-metal-Okimono---Rooster,on red rock

Meiji multi metal Okimono—Rooster



Jason-Walker, rooster sculpture

Jason Walker – ‘Cage Free Capitalism’





Peacock mantle clock – Jay Strongwater



Ken Sedberry contemporary rooster sculpture

Contemporary ceramic rooster sculpture – Ken Sedberry, NC



Rooster lady by kristian-schuller

Photography by Kristian Schuller



Large-black Cockerel sculpture by-B-O'Casey

Large Cockerel, Spain

Photo –  B. O’Casey



Irving Penn photograph of Lisa Fonssagrives




Large ceramic peacock – Minton

Walker gallery, Liverpool, UK



Red phoenix figurine - mkmack- etsy

Red and gold phoenix – Mkmack, etsy




ArtDecor24 peacock vase

Art Nouveau peacock vase

ArtDecor24. Poland



Peacock statue  – Phillip Jacksons garden, Sussex



Roger Capron sculpture - abstract lady bust with rooster hat

Roger Capron sculpture bust



Phoenix sculpture at Saint Pauls

Phoenix at St Paul’s Cathedral – underneath it says ‘Resurgam’, latin for reborn



Trevor-Askin abstract phoenix

Abstract Phoenix bronze sculpture – Trevor Askin




Dan-Pogue bronze phoenix sculpture

Bronze phoenix sculpture – Dan Pogue, Texas

height 22 inches


phoenix rising Atlanta park statue

Phoenix rising, ‘Atlanta from the Ashes’

Woodruff Park

This sculpture was designed by James Siegler, of Houston, Texas, but it was both sculpted and fabricated in Italy, by Gamba Quirino, and Feruccia Vezzoni, respectively



Graham Radcliffe phoenix rising sculpture

Phoenix Sculpture Garden by Graham Radcliffe

Mount Glorious, QLD



‘Pioneer Woman With Rooster’,  – Carl Milles – 1946





Polia-Pillin--- blue Bottle-with-Three-Roosters

Rooster bottle – Polia Pillin





Qing Dynasty Green Glaze Peacock bottle





Raku Chicken – -Hippopottermiss@deviantART





Oxblood glaze rooster – Royal Haeger



Mid Century Rooster-by-Perignem

Mid Century Rooster by Perignem, Brussels, 1970

Wouter Harvey



Cristine-Boyd black and white roosters platter.

Cristine Boyd – black / white sgraffito roosters platter




Sarah-Farrelly-»-»-Ceramics-Cockerel in red, black and white

Ceramic Cockerel sculpture- Sarah Farrelly




Red Ceramic Peacock – Vintage, USA




Sally White porcelain rooster riding a horse

Sally Hook – ‘Year Of Rooster’




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Edgy clay art



pirate jug Michael Grafton

” ‘av’ a swig me matey” – Michael Grafton


Contemporary grotesque wares, edgy ceramics, confrontational clays, provocative porcelains all conjuring up a mud mayhem designed to command your attention. Challenging times can trigger artistic impulses where more audacious, uninhibited creativity seeks an outlet and the market readily responds. Disturbware that can be unnerving, sometimes humorous, maybe illuminating, possibly ugly or even brilliantly conceived and just so original you are taken aback by the level of creativity and innovation. Art pieces of protest that are deliberately antagonistic to make a poignant statement so the message gets through. Ground breaking art whose time has arrived to announce a new direction or an artist indulging some fantasy or expressing a personal narrative with strong convictions. Edgy arts cover many possibilities.

I enjoy seeing the works of the following ceramic artists for their edgy narratives and styles expressed with originality, spontaneity and pure abandon.


Sergei Isupov teapot



abstract alien creature sculpture - Michael Lucero

Michael Lucero, California





Micheal Lucero – ‘She Devil’ 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Photo by Lee Fatherree




Inna-Olshansky wall art female head

Inna Olshansky, Israel



Sculpture bust -- the_message_orrery_D.L.-Marian

‘The Message Orrery’ – D.L. Marian

36″ tall free-standing life-size fiberglass prop with sculpted features. lacquer wood base. glass eyes. Planets have been added to head with copper wire, rusted metal sun crown. Alien writings adorn her body giving us that unknown message or warning.

Dark Creation


colourful ceramic-sculpture of a seated woman holding a pot by Viola Frey

Viola Frey




Viola-Frey falling man in a suit ceramic sculpture

‘Falling Man In Suit’, Viola-Frey




Carol Gentithes


To me, art is a visual language. The origins of my artistic language emanate from life’s experiences, readings of literature and mythology, and visual interpretations of art history. Often this language focuses on the absurdity, the unpredictability and the unruliness of life. Like a classical language, the vocabulary that I create has many layers of meaning. I leave it with the viewers to derive their personal interpretations.



Carol-Gentithes-sculpture of a fish headed torso in a large sgell

‘Thirst of Venus’  – Carol Gentithes




Carol-Gentithes--Sea-Creature sculpture

Sea Creatures – Carol Gentithes




Carol-Gentithes---Flickr---Piedmont-Craftsmen-Marriage sculpture

Carol Gentithes – ‘Marriage’



Poisdon sculpture by Carol-Gentithes

‘Poisdon’ sculpture by Carol Gentithes




Carol Gentithes seated in chair photo portrait

Carol Gentithes


Fred Johnston


I question how I can extend the tradition of pottery. What can I contribute? I am not interested in pots that are mindless, shallow imitations and replications of the past. I believe in the idea of cross-fertilization and playfulness. The mixing and matching of different cultures, motifs and art styles are fertile ground, a place to cultivate.


Fred-Johnston ovoid plate

‘Woman with pierced tongue’– Fred Johnston




Ceramic til;e square Woman-dancing-with-Guinea-Hen by Fred-Johnston

‘Woman dancing with Guinea Hen’ — Fred Johnston ceramic tile



Suzy Birstein


 Suzy studied dance while absorbing Hollywood musicals, film noire and the mysteries of Rembrandt. As an adult, she’s been seduced by the sensuous spontaneity of working with Clay, Colour and the essence of Romance. Suzy’s imagery is a marriage of her childhood and adult influences. The figure dominates her work. She is compelled to create archetypal icons which embrace the power of Ancient and contemporary World cultures, overlaid with the spirit of song and dance.


‘Beauty Bountiful’ – Suzy Birstein




Notorious-figure sculpture by Suzy-Birstein-

Suzy Birstein-~-‘Notorious’


Who-are-you-really..Suzy-Birstein - painting of lady holding a bird with a rabbit in her hair

‘Who are you really’ – Suzy Birstein



‘In Wonderland’–Suzy Birstein

Height 24″


Suzy-Birstein contemporary sculpture bust

‘Moon Lights up the Night’ – Suzy Birstein




Suzy Birstein




Suzy Birstein ceramic bust sculpture

‘d Ivoire Duet singin’–til there was you..’  – Suzy Birstein




Suzy-Birstein ceramic totem sculpture

‘Get The Sweet Beat’ – Suzy Birstein





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“I cannot speak too highly of my experience with Suzy’s ceramics course on Skopelos Island.  Working with clay in that magical setting overlooking the turquoise  Aegean Sea was one of the highlights of my artistic life. The people of Skopelos are welcoming and hospitable.
Your  MUSE AWAITS YOU on the green island. ” —   Jackie Conradi-Robertson (Painter)




 Robert Bricker




‘Aspiration’ – Robert Bricker

Robert Bricker—“The ceramic vase is 5 years young, a complete improvisation, based on the seed crystal of a female model saying that this session was her last, that she would be flying away. Thus I drew the flying female figure thema. This vase is from an exhibition called “Deep In Shallow Thoughts’.”




Pantheon Urn – Robert Bricker



Robert Bicker




Ceramic tile – Robert Bricker



Mattie Leeds


Mattie Leeds has been making pottery full time for 42 years. He studied classical Chinese painting with Y.C. Chaing, a master of Chinese arts, he studied pottery with Michael Frimkiss, a renowned potter and student of Peter Voulkos.

Mattie’s work is bold, colorful and expressive. The pieces are large- many over 5 feet tall, and the sheer volume of their surfaces gives him a freedom that the two dimensional surface of a canvas lacks. The bold figurative schemes dance around a surface that has no beginning and no end, but is a continuous statement as the viewer circles the object. Like free-standing sculpture, every side is luscious. Some of the pots speak of the 10 years he spent studying Chinese painting and calligraphy, while others are a montage of figures and design, merging colors and emotion.


Mattie-Leeds ceramic lidded jar abstract painted decoration

‘The Bomb’ – Mattie Leeds





yellow. blue and red lidded jar - Mattie Leeds

‘Woman with Yellow Face’ — Mattie Leeds




Mattie-Leeds twin handled vase with a woman showing her hands

Mattie Leeds  – ‘Hands’



Hands series Vase  – Mattie Leeds



Hands series Vase  – Mattie Leeds



Mattie-Leeds-Space-Monster ceramic sculpture

‘Space Monster’ – Mattie Leeds




ceramic sculpture abstract wave - Mattie Leeds

‘Wave’ – Mattie Leeds




Heartmonster grotesque ceramic sculpture

‘Heartmonster’ –  Mattie Leeds




ceramic gourd vase by Mattie Leeds

‘Grand’ – Mattie Leeds




Mattie Leeds-portrait photo

Mattie Leeds



Janet-Smith--Mixed-media sculpyutr

‘Chip off the old block’ – Janet Smith



Michael-Corney cat head vase

Michael Corney

Schaller Gallery



Hinrich Kroger


Hinrich Kroger


Hinrich Kroger



Hinrich Kroger



Laura Jean McLaughlin


Full-time artist in Pittsburgh, PA who loves to work with ceramics, printmaking, mosaics, paintings and cast iron. I come from a family of 11 children and was always encouraged to play, which I still do quite a bit of. Laura Jean McLaughlin received an MFA in ceramics from West Virginia University. Laura Jean’s work has been exhibited in over one hundred galleries and museums



Laura-Jean-McLaughlin---Down-to-the-River sculpture bust

Laura Jean McLaughlin — ‘Down to the River’



Ceramic plate -Laura-Jean-McLaughlin

Sgraffito dish — Laura Jean McLaughlin




Red hair girl with duck nesting on her head sculpture --Laura-Jean-McLaughlin

‘Nest’ – Laura Jean McLaughlin




Decorative sgraffito wall plate – ‘Joy Ride’ — Laura Jean McLaughlin



Laura-Jean-McLaughlin--Entangled ceramic sculpture

Laura Jean McLaughlin — ‘Entangled’



sgraffito vase Laura-Jean-McLaughlin-

Laura Jean McLaughlin




sgraffito wall plate Laura Jean McLaughlin

Laura Jean McLaughlin



Laura Jean McLaughlin with her cat Mojo



Jenny Orchard

A maker of beguiling clay mutation sculptures, Jenny Orchard is a contemporary artist, living and working in Sydney. She has travelled a unique path of making figurative hybrid ceramics called Zookiniis or Interbeings, totemic forms and vessels since the early 1980’s.

See more of Jenny’s fascinating art here



'Dandy Tiger Vase' by Jenny Orchard - 2013

‘Dandy Tiger Vase’ by Jenny Orchard – 2013




jenny-orchard-weeds-and-ghosts Sculpture in the garden

Jenny Orchard – ‘Weeds and ghosts’



Jenny Orchard ceramic ‘Zookini’s’



Kitty---ceramic-&-resin---Jenny-Orchard - mutation sculpture

‘Kitty’ – Jenny Orchard




Monumental hand painted glass vase by Lea Bartneck


Kevin Snipes


Kevin Snipes is interested in duality, vessels and containers with stories, his ceramics have multiple layers of meaning and provocative narratives.


Kevin-Snipes ceramic plate with a boxer image

Kevin Snipes ‘Boxer’ Plate




‘Kicking The Cat’  – Kevin Snipes



Keri Joy Colestock


Keri-Joy-Colestock multi media sculpture

Keri Joy Colestock – ‘Out Of This World’



Keri Joy Colestock – Multi Media sculpture



Grayson Perry


“I’m not an innovator, ceramic-wise. I use very traditional forms, techniques and it’s merely the carrier of the message. That’s how I want to keep it. But I’m always aware that it’s a pot. It’s not like I take it for granted. I’m always aware that I’m working on a vase and what that means” A master of the incongruous juxtaposition, Grayson Perry scrawls savage satirical messages alongside sentiments of nostalgia for lost innocence.




‘Ceramics Void Vase’ – Grayson Perry



‘Cries of London’  – Grayson Perry



Grayson-Perry,-The-Frivolous-baluster vase


‘The Frivolous vase’ – Grayson Perry




Grayson-Perry ceramic vase

Grayson Perry



Gerardo Monterrubio


For millennia, numerous cultures have used the ceramic medium to record their existence. From these artifacts, we can form an understanding and various interpretations of the cultural paradigms, sociopolitical practices, mythologies, and the human experience of the worlds that created them. It is this anthropological aspect that propels my work in its creative endeavor, using the forms as vehicles to compose linear and fragmented narratives. Altered by the imagination, memory, and the like, my work engages the idea of recording selected aspects of contemporary society, composing moments and spaces for mystery, speculation, and wonder, in methods as old and universal as human creativity itself.



teardrop vessel named Sadgirl -Gerardo-Monterrubio

Teardrop ceramic vessel – ‘Sadgirl’ – Gerardo Monterrubio




Gerardo-Monterrubio-urban narrative vessel`

Urban narrative ceramic sculpture – Gerardo Monterrubio



George Lafayette


George Lafayette




George Lafayette – ‘Dream Catcher’




Elvira-Bach lady with an orange serpent

Elvira Bach –  Series: The Other Eva



hathor sculpture by the Popovy sisters

Hathor and Basnet – Popovy sisters



Kurt Weiser teapot with lizard and female face

Kurt Weiser teapot




Crane Rider-sculpture by Sun-Koo-Yuh

‘Crane Rider’ by Sun Koo Yuh

Mindy Solomon Gallery



Clemens-Briels cubist female figure sculpture

Clemens Briels





jonislittledolls – etsy




Catch-of-the-Day-ceramic teapot by-Natasha-Dikareva

‘Catch of the Day’ – Natasha Dikareva

SNAart Gallery



Akio Takamori


“Often when working I feel the need and seek out ways to counterbalance Western and Eastern civilisation. Visually the contrast can be quite harmonious or is intended to jar and create unease.”



Akio-Takamori-nude Japanese female bather looking in her mirror

Akio Takamori – ‘Female Bather with Mirror’



Akio Takamori figure and head sculpture

Akio Takamori




Sculpture of three naked females

Akio Takamori



Alfajar, Malaga


Since 1994, Alfajar has been making stoneware and other clay ceramics at high temperature, with the most refined craftsmanship. The surface is most carefully treated with metallic oxides applied with a fine brush and glazed at a very high temperature.



Alfajar Botella tension




Alfajar-semi circular bottle with short spout and abstract female nude





Marni Gable



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Sculpture by the Sea – 20th anniversary



Geoffrey Bartlett’s ‘Embrace’ is made from copper, steel and stainless steel.

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016.


Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea,  20 Oct – 6 Nov,  2016


Late Spring in the Southern Hemisphere brings warm weather to Sydney and its annual sculpture festival at Bondi Beach, now celebrating its 20th year. The picturesque coastline for 1.4 km between Bondi and Tamarama is transformed into the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition. More than 100 sculpture works by Australian and international artists are being showcased this year, including artist representation from Asia, Europe, Middle East, New Zealand, South America, UK and USA.

Sculpture by the Sea has never been curated to a theme and would continue to support the artist’s right to freedom inventing their own universes “inclusive of all modes of sculpture, demonstrating sculpture’s history and development”, founding director, David Handley said. Since its inaugural show in 1997, ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ has inspired 1168 artists to create more than 2000 sculptures.
Some sculptors tend to think of their creations as ‘breathing’, and I’m sure their sculptures would be responding to the vibrancy of this iconic location. The sculptural walk will be running from 20 October – 6 November. Also shown are images from Cottesloe ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ which runs in Perth in early March.




Yumin Jing’s ‘Travelling Bag’ 2016




Johannes Pannekoek with his winning work ‘Change Ahead’.

 Photo: Steven Siewert

Johannes missed the deadline to freight his work from Perth to Sydney so he loaded it onto a trailer and drove it 3297 km across Australia to Bondi. His effort was rewarded as Change Ahead, a curvaceous piece made of rusted corten steel, has been named winner of the $60,000 Aqualand Sculpture Prize at Sculpture by the Sea, 2016



‘Flying Over Venice’ – Li Wei,

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Perth 2016. Photo Li Wei




‘Celestial rings I’ by Inge King

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016





Tony Davis, ‘Manscape’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016. Photo Clyde Yee





Karen Macher Nesta, ‘Sea Sponges’,

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016. Photo Jessica Wyld




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R.M.RonGomboc – ‘From The Beginning To Eternity’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016  Photo – Jessica Wyld




20th anniversary sculpture by the sea Peter Lundberg, 'Open'

Peter Lundberg, ‘Open’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney 2015. Photo Gareth Carr




Koichi Ishino, ‘Wind Blowing’,

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Gareth Carr




Vince Vozzo, ‘Moon Buddha’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013. Photo Clyde Yee






 ‘State of Square’ by Fatih Semiz




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Norton Flavel, ‘Dust’ 

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016. Photo Clyde Yee




sculpture-by-the-sea-bondi Arissara Reed, 'Acoustic Chamber'

Arissara Reed, ‘Acoustic Chamber’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee




turtle sculpture-sculpture-by-the-sea-bondi-2011

‘Tortoise’ by  Mark Swartz, Reuben Solomon, Charmaine Tung

Sculpture by the Sea 2011



'Taking Leave' by Peter Tiley sculpture at the ocean

‘Taking Leave’ by Peter Tiley

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2008




Ayad Alqaragholli, ‘Embrace’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2014. Photo Jarrad Seng





Ben Fasham, ‘bjf13′

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee




benjamin-storch-undulation-sculpture-by-the-sea-cottesloe-2016 biorphemic metal sculpture

Benjamin Storch, ‘Undulation’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016. PhotoClyde Yee




Byeong-Doo Moon, ‘Our Memory In Your Place’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014 – Photo Clyde Yee




Ben Juniper, ‘Ghost Gum’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2013. Photo Jarrad Seng




Masayuki Sugiyama, ‘Eyewalk Rock’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014. Photo Clyde Yee



Byung-Chul Ahn, ‘Life Reflection xx #1′

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013. Photo Clyde Yee





Margarita Sampson, ‘Voyagers I & II’ 

 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee





Chris Bailey, ‘The Majestic’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2014. Photo Jessica Wyld





Dale Miles, ‘Parallel Thinking Space’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee




Deborah Redwood, ‘Noah’s Arc’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016. Photo Clyde Yee



elyssa-sykes-smith-a-shared-weight-sculpture-by-the-sea-bondi-2013 Tow wooden figurative sculptures

Elyssa Sykes-Smith, ‘A shared weight’ wood block sculpture

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013. Photo Jarrad Seng




Ewen Coates, ‘Multiverse’,

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013. Photo William Patino





GhostNets Australia, ‘Ghost Net Crocodile’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2013. Photo Jarrad Seng





Hilde A. Danielson, ‘Upside Down Again’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2013. Photo Jarrad Seng




Johannes Pannekoek, ‘Convolution’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2012. Photo Clyde Yee





‘Dearest’ by Margarita Sampson

Peter Parks-AFP/Getty





Keizo Ushio, ‘Oushi Zokei Gate To The Beach’,

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016. Photo Jessica Wyld





Koichi Ogino, ‘Camel Country 14′

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014. Photo Ian Sanderson




koichi-ishino mountain-air-clyde-yee

‘Mountain Air – Circles’  – Koichi Ishino

Photo Clyde Yee





Lubomir Mikle, ‘p.o.p.’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee



lucy-humphrey-horizon-sculpture-by-the-sea-bondi-2013 large glass sphere on the seaside rocks

Lucy Humphrey, ‘Horizon’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013. Photo Jarrad Seng



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‘Many Many’ – Stephen King Clyde King





Petra Svoboda, ‘The commodification of imagination’,

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2012. Photo Brett Winstone




‘Prelude to the Waves’ by Fatih Semiz… powder coated steel

Sculpture by the Sea 2009

Photo – Shyaman



r-m-rongomboc_cycle of life-longevity_sxsbondi2015_clyde yee photo

R.M.RonGomboc_’Cycle Of Life – Longevity’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee



sogana-by-michael-le-grand photo-shyaman

‘Sogana’ by Michael Le Grand

photo by Shyaman




Tim Macfarlane Reid, ‘One Door Opens’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2015. Photo Jessica Wyld




Tim Macfarlane Reid, ‘Sea Change’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Perth 2014. Photo Jessica Wyld





Yolande Rose, ‘Lithoid’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee






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Art of the Buddha




Gautama Buddha in Padmasana (lotus pose). Bas relief on copper plate

photo – Francis Chung-Flickr


Buddha and Bodhisattva arts and wisdom    


I always enjoy studying the statues of the Buddha, especially when in Asia. Not only because of the quality of the art that goes into their creation. but because they invariably reflect a presence of calm, and serve as a glimpse into the state of enlightenment.

The Buddhist’s believe that in Kama Loka ( the sensual realm on Earth ), contentment is elusive, suffering is imminent and our prime motivator is desire, so it is not surprising that the Buddha, when he ventured from his sheltered palace life, was disturbed by what he witnessed. As Garfinkel described in his book ‘Buddha or Bust’, the Buddha, as the “original baby boomer, indulged by his parents’ opulence and depressed by their empty materialism, became a guy who was in need of a long road trip to clean out his head.”
Fortunately for Buddhist art, the Buddha’s extensive travels and the ongoing spread of his teachings throughout most of Asia and more recently in the West, has contributed to its rich diversity and like most religious arts, has attracted the funding, along with devoted artisans with dedication, to achieve exceptional results. Most images of the Buddha are a vision of contemplation and he is usually displaying various mudras (hand gestures), each conveying a particular spiritual quality.


The-Dazu-Grottoes Buddhist sculpture Bao Ding Mountain Circle of Life.

 Bao Ding Mountain Circle of Life.

The Dazu Grottoes, China



Buddha garden statue - Pavel Bobrovskiy photo

Stone Buddha garden sculpture


Sentimental journeys thru the past, wishful flights of fancy into the future, all deflections from embracing the moment and relishing our gifted sublimity in the present.

The Buddha says, “Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all.”

At certain times, a silent mind is very important, but ‘silent’ does not mean closed. The silent mind is an alert, awakened mind; a mind seeking the nature of reality.  —–  Lama Yeshe



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Rare hand carved coral statuette displaying the four armed Bodhisattva of Compassion



Antique-Iron-Amitayus-Statue Buddha Amitayus or Buddha of Limitless Life is a Buddha aspect or a deity associated with meditations and mantras for a long life

Antique Iron Amitayus Buddha Statue

Also known as Buddha of Limitless Life, a Buddha aspect or a deity associated with meditations and mantras for a long life





Female Bodhisattva ‘Tara’




Handpainted turquoise Buddha bronze head




Antique Chenrezig statue, Tibet




Birth of Buddha in Lumbini Sahri Bahlol, 2nd-3rd Century AD. Slate

Carved slate panel depicting the birth of Buddha in Lumbini   Sahri Bahlol, 2nd-3rd Century AD.  Slate

Peshawar Museum




A-Buddha-Photo---Zen-meditating Buddha garden statue---Kyoto-Japan

Meditating Buddha statue, Kyoto




Beautiful-Kannon-statue - The Yumedono Kannon of Horyuji

The Yumedono Kannon of Horyuji, Japan

6.5 feet tall




Spring blossom and Buddha statue in Kamakura, Japan


Japan developed an extremely rich figurative art for the pantheon of Buddhist deities, sometimes combined with Shintō influences. Kami, Japan’s indigenous religion, dated back to the prehistoric times, and foreign Buddhism never quite fused, but a combination of Buddhist and Taoist elements, and the incorporation of shamanistic features of the indigenous religion remained however, inextricably linked all the way to the present day, always interacting ― It is quite unusual that an indigenous polytheistic belief including nature worship, animism, ancestor worship, shamanism, and myth still prevails in a modern society like Japan. Shintō’s strong aesthetic component, a reverence toward materials and processes, continues to permeate the crafts and the arts. (




Seated Buddha sculpture-with-his-hand-in-the-teaching-mudra

Bronze Buddha statue displaying teaching mudra



“The recognition that essentially you are the world, that there is no subject/object split, that there is no separation between you and “all that is” – this realization, even at the conceptual level, changes consciousness.

When this realization gets in deeper and becomes more self evident, consciousness changes again, and again, as one lives their life more consciously. And this elevated state of consciousness affects all consciousness around it – like ripples on the pond of collective consciousness.

Ripples can become waves and waves become tsunamis. And it begins with willingness, with intention, with you, right here, right now. The quality of your awakening, awakens the world around you.” – Eric Allen Bell



Buddhist-monk-carrying Buddha shrine on his back in-Tibet

Buddhist monk, Tibet



Buddhist-stone-statue interior decorating

Seated Buddha sculpture,  Axel Vervoordt’s Castle, Belgium


A lifetime is not what is between the moments of birth and death. A lifetime is one moment between my two little breaths. The present, the here, the now, That’s all the life I get. I live each moment in full, In kindness, in peace, without regret.    ….   Chade Meng, Taoist poet




Buddha-head -Thailand embedded in a tree trunk

Ancient Buddha head – Ayutthaya Kingdom, Ancient Capital of Thailand




Buddha statue at Koyasan (Mount Koya) — Photo Rolfe Horn

Weston Gallery





Wall relief Kuan Yin – Keelung Temple  cave



Gamin’ the aggressor

While giving a lecture, the Buddha was interrupted by a man who was vocally hostile towards the Buddha’s teachings, interjecting throughout the talk. The Buddha was unmoved by this display and after he had finished, calmly asked the rowdy person, how do you respond to the situation where, after having a guest for dinner, there is unfinished food. He replied that they always eat the food because it’s not good to be wasteful. The Buddha responded – “likewise,  I didn’t choose to taste your anger so you will also have to consume it. However, out of compassion, I welcome your hostility. Being fully detached from it, I will gratefully absorb the misguided emotions you have gifted me and transmute it into love. You might feel somewhat depleted for this act of folly and even agitated because I was unfazed, but hopefully, the empty space you created within yourself might absorb some of my consciousness, which could help you find the WAY. I am aware you desired a response of fear or mutual aggression, but I can’t offer either knowing this will deplete me and be of little benefit to you. Peace always dwells inside you.”


red robed ceramic-Buddha-figurine-sculpture

Seated porcelain Buddha figurine





 Bronze Statue of Jeso-Sama, Hakone Lake – photo by Felice Beato

ca 1865


“Buddhism also explains that the fundamental nature of human consciousness is pure and clear; that the nuclear essence of human beings is their mind, not this body of flesh and blood. Furthermore, we believe that recognizing our lives as pleasurable or miserable depends largely on how our mind interprets them. If you think your life is miserable, it becomes miserable.” -Lama Yeshe.


Garden-meditation-Buddha with small waterfall

Garden Buddha statue





Japanese National Treasure Maitreya Buddha statue with Hanka Shiyui (thinking) pose

Chūgū-ji (中宮寺) temple, Japan


“Meditate more and more deeply, until calmness and joy become second nature to you. To be ecstatic is not difficult. It is thinking that it is difficult that holds you apart from it. Never think of divine joy as distant from you, and it will be with you always. Our innate nature is unconditional joy, clarity and knowledge. This is accessible to all.” – Paramhansa Yogananda





Qingbai Glaze Porcelain Kuanyin Buddha

Jingdezhen Kiln, Song Dynasty





Red patina bronze Buddha standing on a lotus-shaped pedestal, mandorme cloisonne decorated with flowers

Late 19th – early 20th century

Height: 80 cm





Kuan Yin @ Green Gulch Zen Center by edwinsail on Flickr



At the center of your being you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want. – Rumi




Bowenite Carving of Kuan Yin, China, 20th century

Height 8.5 inches


“When you look upon another human being and feel great love towards them, or when you contemplate beauty in nature and something within you responds deeply to it, close your eyes for a moment and feel the essence of that love or that beauty within you, inseparable from who you are, your true nature. The outer form is a temporary reflection of what you are within, in your essence. That is why inner love and beauty can never leave you, although all outer forms will.” — Eckhart Tolle



White Kuan-Yin-Garden-statue- Wellington Heights

Kuan Yin statue, Taipei




Kuan-Yin----Goddess of compassion standing statue

Kuan Yin





Wood carving of Kuan Yin in a Thailand temple


“When you keep your inner calm; you will not be carried away by your emotions and the opinions of the majority”. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh




This bronze Buddha statuette was discovered in 1954 on the  small island of Helgo, located in Lake Malaren, to the west of Stockholm It  was an important Viking trading center in the 6th-11th centuries AD.



Buddhist cave temple - Marble-Mountains,-Vietnam---Ngũ-Hành-Sơn---Five-elements-mountains

Buddhist cave temple – Marble Mountains, Vietnam

Five Elements Mountain in Danang




Five Elements Mountain in Danang, Vietnam





White Buddha statue, Five Elements Mountain in Danang

Sparkling ripples through the pines
transient jewels, dancing random rhymes
time suspension, the true dimension
take the plunge, no apprehension




Wall of Buddhas, raised relief

Five Elements Mountain in Danang




Gilded Ming-Dynasty-Buddha,-16-inches,-sold-to-Internet-bidder-for-$54,900.-I.M.-Chait-image

Ming Dynasty Buddha




gampopa - was the foremost disciple of Milarepa,dressed in red

Gampopa statue –  disciple of Milarepa



National-treasure-of-Japan Miroku Bosatsu statue

Japanese National Treasure, Miroku Buddha statue at Koryu-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan





Japanese Amida Buddha  sculpture, 19th century





‘The Buddha’. Odilon Redon. 1905.

Musée D’Orsay, Paris





 Maitreya Buddha – Carved marble sculpture with traces of paint and gilding

China, Six Dynasties period, Northern Qi dynasty, 550-577






Rare hand carved Lapis Lazuli Medicine Buddha sculpture





Raku ‘Buddha Statue Seated in the Clouds’ Sculpture-Anita Feng – The buddhabulider






‘Buddha’ – Odilon Redon





Copper Bronze Kuan Yin




Shoton-Festival-Thangka,-Drepung,-Tibet - huge thanka in the Himalayas

Shoton Festival Buddha Thangka, Drepung, Tibet





‘Kyaiktiyo Pagoda’

Also known as ‘Golden Rock’, it is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Burma. It is a small pagoda (7.3 metres (24 ft)) built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha’s hair. The balancing rock seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo.





Beautiful hand carved nephrite jade statue of Milarepa, capturing his essence

The Tibetan Saint Milarepa was famous for his spontaneous songs of realisation. During his 12 years of strict retreat in the mountains he subsisted on nettle tea and eventually it turned his skin green, hence the reason he is often crafted in a green colour.





Chinese Buddha Vairochana with the wisdom mudra: the right fist enclosing the index finger of the left.

A celestial Buddha important in Asia from the 8th to the 12th Century




Bronze Standing Buddha, Hakuho period, Japan, ca. 710-794

Standing Buddha, Hakuho period, Japan, ca. 710-794




Statue-of-a-Standing Buddhist-monk,-located-in-a-garden-within-Seven-Star-Park,-Guilin,-China

Statue of a Buddhist monk, located in a garden within Seven Star Park, Guilin, China.





Buddha statues –  Longmen limestone caves. Luoyang, China. Tang Dynasty. 493–1127 C.E.





Buddha carved into a mountain at Hakone, Japan




black and white Kuan Yin painting

Kuan Yin painting




garden- buddha-stone-statue

Padmasana Buddha stone statue



A monk asked, “What is the great perfect mirror?”

The master said, “A broken earthen pot.”

Ch’an Master Yung-ming Yen-shou (904 – 975 CE):




 The Bodhisattva Guanyin of the Southern Sea (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City)





Submerged statue, Bali





Classical Buddhist culture creative hands Buddha ceramic lamp



buddha-saria-stupa-inner Kingold Museum

Buddha Saria Stupa Inner  – Kingold Museum

Jewel encrusted portable temple for transporting the crystallised ashes of Shakyamuni Buddha




Manjushri Bodhisattva






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Clays enlightened – contemporary, quirky, surreal



Watching the watcher


Liesbeth-Rutten-in-Vertrouwen Dutch public sculpture

Liesbeth Rutten

Vertrouwen, NL


A collection of innovative ceramics for aficionados of the audacious, quirky and original arts. On display are expressive figures indulging in varying degrees of scrutiny and perception, from the self absorbed to the inquisitive, contemplative and incisive and including forms that are hybrid, fractured, holistic and abstract. Fertile titillation to the imagination never goes astray and I applaud these artists for providing such amusing vehicles of flight into fantasy through courting the unpredictable, eccentric and surreal. Idiocentric visionaries providing escapism from the conventional while forever stretching the boundaries to tease the parameters of reality. Leading to a captivating conclusion from following an adventurous spirit of creativity and independence, sometimes beyond the threshold of rationality, with touches of humor, brilliance and the thought provoking.




Woman’s Head designed by Rudolf Knörlein for Goldscheider

Vienna, 1930



Charmaine-Haines--From-her-French-Experience-Collection-photo-Marie-Clair-DeBourg Abstract cubist vase

Cubist vase Charmaine Haines

French Experience Collection photo Marie Clair DeBourg





Ann Agee, porcelain ‘Tulip Vase’





Paul Di Pasquale Jimmy Dean sculpture

“Connecticut”— the historic Lucky Strike building overlooking the James River tidal  basin




Large-Sitting-Fox---Gin-Durham ceramic artist

Large Sitting Fox – Gin Durham

photo Paul Wilkinson




Galina Bulganin





‘Horta’ – Fons Bemelmans




‘The Inner Door’ –  Abstract sculpture in green and gilded patina bronze by Cantarel


ABC Pascal, Paris



Anton-Smit monumental sculpture head

A sculpture at the entrance to Anton Smit’s Sculpture park located in Bronkhorstspruit, Sth. Africa




George-Lafayette-Spirit-Guide series - standing spirit figure

George Lafayette – Spirit Guide series

See more George Lafayette sculptures here



Arthur-Boyd - David and Saul sculpture

“David and Saul” – Arthur Boyd

c. 1951 Murrumbeena, Melbourne




Bryan-Hiveley - Crimson Hoop abstract sculpture

‘Crimson Hoop’ – Bryan Hiveley 

‘My abstract sculptures present surface textures that are candy-like and color-saturated; they reverberate in the space between oppositional constructs such as artifice/natural, synthetic/organic’



City-Sport-smiling male-mannequin-head-1

Mannequin head



Michael-Lucero-Watching-Wishing abstract ceramic sculpture

Michael Lucero — ‘Watching Wishing’




“It’s a masterpiece”

Peter Sellers in Dr.Strangelove




Bouke de Vries – ‘War & pieces (cloud), 18th, 19th, 20th century’





‘Comfort Zone’ by Calvin Ma




Whimsical Bird and Rabbit Sculpture by Cathy Meincer




Chandra-DeBuse-Two-Tiered-Treat-Server-(Blue-and-Yellow) ceramic

Chandra DeBuse – ‘Two Tiered Treat Server’





Christine Kaiser — ‘Bird Girl’





Conversation-through-a-Wall----Ricardas-Lukosiunas Head sculpture with small figures

‘Conversation through a Wall’ —- Ricardas Lukosiunas




Dai-Li=ceramic figurine of a Chinese girl eating a strawberry

Dai Li



Dorota-Urbaniak-Pelka - ceramic figures in a bath

Dorota Urbaniak Pelka




TERESA-GIRONES ceraamic sculpture bust

Teresa Girones ceramic bust






Frances Doherty with her Blue Bells

Picture by Peter Boam





‘Mystery Alley’ – Minoru Karamatsu – flickr




Teapot,-2014,-by-Kevin-Snipes with black face motif

Teapot, 2014, by Kevin Snipes



Frances-Baruch - textured ceramic bust of a red haired woman with a cat on her shoulder

Frances Baruch





Kicking up heels – E.Krasnova



Eoghan-Bridge sculpture of a woman sitting on a horse

UK sculptor Eoghan Bridge




eva-kwong Tri Leg blue and pink sculpture

Eva Kwong




Found-on-theodoros-papagiannis - large ceramic sculpture figure

Theodoros Papagiannis, Greece





Evelyn Tannus ceramic whippet






‘Lady and Bird’ — Tania Babb





‘Flappers’ —by Ruth Aizuss Migdal



Jason-Walker Gifts for the kids playing with fire

‘Gifts for the kids playing with fire’ – Jason Walker




Jo Ilona -Bordeaux Three ceramic figures

Jo Ilona





‘He thinks in his garden’ – John and Robin Gumaelius

Robin creates all the colorful ceramic surface imagery and complex decorative glazes, and then John takes over and adds the exquisite metal armatures that bring the sculptures to life.




Marie-Madeleine-Gautier female sculpture

Marie Madeleine Gautier




Alexander-Archipenko,-Floating-Torso-With-Head,-1935 Black reclining figure sculpture

‘Floating Torso With Head’  – Alexander Archipenko





Joanne-Jaffe---First-Born Beatrice Wood Centre for the Arts

Joanne Jaffe — ‘First Born’




Joe-Lawrence male ceramic busts

Joe Lawrence   Two sailor/fishermen busts



Keti-Anastasaki-Toronto Male and female ceramic busts

Keti Anastasaki, Toronto





Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza – Yucatan, Mexico




Mieke-van-den-Hoogen - tow female figurines

Mieke van den Hoogen




Mutsuo-Yanagihara porcelain sculpture

Mutsuo  Yanagihara





Literary Bust Elvis Figure – Sandra Trujillo




Sigita-Lukosiunas-'Tea-Break' woman smoking a cigarette on her break figurine bust

Sigita Lukosiunas- ‘Tea Break’




Susie-McMahon----ceramic bust of a girl

Susie McMahon




Taumango luka-Woodrow-Nash

‘Taumango luka’ –  Woodrow-Nash





Raku Zen monk – Jo Ilona




Tiffany-Schmierer_Links_300 abstract sculpture polychrome

Tiffany Schmierer – ‘Links 300’




Troskulys-Ricardas-Lukosiunas-Thirst clay sculpture

‘Thirst’ – Troskulys Ricardas Lukosiunas




Outdoor Pachamama Museum

The Amaicha Pachamama Museum is the work of Héctor Cruz, an artist of the valley which, after studying the pre-Inca cultures, decided to use them as inspiration for his work





Outdoor sculpture – Hector Cruz

Pachamama Museum



Pygothia,-2010,-Cheryl-Tall,-ceramic head sculpture with highly textured clay of a man looking skywards and fearful

‘Pygothia’ – Cheryl Tall





Ceramic glazed Unicorn-Clock--Studio-Cela-37-Dorota-Urbaniak-Pelka-and-Jerzy-Pelka

‘Unicorn Clock’  — Studio Cela 37  —  Dorota Urbaniak Pelka and Jerzy Pelka





Cubist mosaic bust – Deborah Halpern




Valentina-Kuznetsova sculpture of a lady sitting with flowers

Valentina Kuznetsova garden sculpture




 ‘Squirrel’  wool relief panel by Master Adjika






Statue and fountain named Cleo –  attributed to Ruth Blackwell of the Iannelli studio

Pickwick Theater lobby




‘Triadisches Ballett’ (Triadic Ballet) – Oskar Schlemmer




Watching pots dry – photo Walter Bossard

Sheikh Abu Bakarwith with the walls of the old fort of Purana Kila in the background, Delhi




virgil-ortiz hybrid fashion statement sculpture

Virgil Ortiz




Patti-Warashina Figure A Red, 2009 red and white geometric decorative pattern sculpture figure

‘Figure A Red’  – Patti Warashina





Yayoi-Kusama-Gallery-----red and white octopus tentacles surrounding Yayoi in a polka dot dress

Yayoi Kusama Gallery




Rastafarian-Octopus-Slatermodelmaker-etsy turquoise ceramic desk sculpture

‘Rastafarian Octopus’






Jimenez Deredia




Andrew-Costa- abstract clay figure

Untitled Assemblage – Andrew Casto






‘The Low’ – Jo Ilona





‘The Angel’ –  Numa Ayrinhac

Cementerio de Pigue.




‘Black Eye’– Paul Pasquale

 – raku on canvas with raw cotton




SUZIE---Jackie-ALONSO ceramic bust of a cute red haired girl

‘Suzie’ – Jackie Alonzo ceramic bust





‘Maidens in Contemplation’, signed Green

late 20th century





NEXT POST – Interior Design deliberations


Papua New Guinea exotic arts


Sculptures, pottery and arts of PNG



Ancient pre contact, wood carved Janus ancestral figure from central Abelam area, Kalabu Village


As with most primitive traditional aesthetics, the art of Papua New Guinea is closely connected to their culture. Due to the diversity of languages (more then 700) and regions in PNG , the different tribes all have uniquely styled, identifiable art. Their artifacts being distinguished by features such as clan totems, clan symbols, deities, animals and ancestor spirits. The colours and themes depend on the individual artist, the availability of materials, local traditions as well as the unique styles of the different villages. They often refer directly or indirectly to ancestor or clan spirits and totems such as the cassowary (muruk), pig (pik), crocodile (pukpuk), eagle (taragau), or a water and bush bird (saun).

Most of the handmade tribal art takes the form of carvings, statues, masks, costumes and adornments used in religious ceremonies, or more functional objects such as bowls, pottery, canoes, baskets, weapons and bilums (string bags). Shields have a performance, decorative and spiritual role which is of more importance then their defensive purposes. Musical instruments like kudus, flutes and mouth organs, are common in the Highlands, while the Trobriand Islanders are famous for their elaborate carvings, including stylised figures, carved ebony walking sticks and fish bowls inlaid with mother-of-pearl. In northern New Ireland, a feature of the Malangan culture are the figurines carved for village burial ceremonies, while in Gulf Province, carved spirit boards are believed to contain the spirits of great heroes and warriors.
The people in the villages along the Sepik River (the longest in PNG) and its tributaries are the most active carvers in New Guinea and are renown for their art and craftsmanship. Both the men and women of the Sepik tribes use expressionistic styles to convert figures of spirits and dreams into carvings and other crafts. Storyboards are used to illustrate village history, their ornate relief carvings capturing tales of village life that were once painted on bark.



Angoram ancestor figure mask, Sepik River


With most of the tribal art of Oceania, the carvings are created to be vehicles of their spirits. They are intended both to help the people meet the challenges of everyday life and to ward off the influences of unfriendly spirits. Decoration using undulating, curvilinear lines is also common along with vivid colours made from natural pigments (limes and ochres) that result in striking imagery. Few masks are worn directly over the face, which explains the lack of holes for eyes. Some are fastened onto a large cone-shaped wicker framework for a dance costume called a tumbuan. Others are displayed outside the men’s house or inside the spirit houses or other dwellings to ward of evil spirits or to evoke the power of ancestors at the specific location.
The village spirit houses, known as Haus Tambaran’s, are where a fantastic array of carvings including masks, statues and figures are kept, and traditionally are only accessible to the local warriors. On an annual or regular basis, community ‘Sing Sings’ occur, which are a gathering where different tribes meet to display their unique identity through elaborate costumes, dance and music. New tribes and art are still being discovered in the remote parts of New Guinea and due to its diversity, I’m looking forward to seeing what appears.



 Asmat Shield, Unir (Lorenz) River, Irian Jaya





‘Damarau’ clay pottery made by the women in Aibom Village on the Sepik River

Papua New Guinea




Polished stone wedding gift – Trobriand Islands

The islands are coral atolls, and anything of stone is considered rare and valuable.
Photo Eric Lafforgue.





Unglazed earthenware cooking pot (gun), Bosman peoples, Ramu River

Madang Province, Papua New Guinea




Oceania---Papua-New-Guinea-Mask Art

Papua New Guinea — Oceania Mask Art




Angoram carved mask – Sepik River



Red, black and orange Dusky Lory Parrot-(Pseudeos-furcata)-endemic-to-Indonesia-and-Papua-New-Guinea


Dusky Lory Parrot, New Guinea




Clay pot for smoking fish – Keram River location

Papua New Guinea



Clay pottery Damarau-or-Sago-Storage-Vessel Papua New Guinea

 Damarau or Sago Storage Vessel





Carved clay ‘Kamana’ (cooking vessel) – Sawos people

Papua New Guinea





Figural Head Dress – New Britain, Sulka People

circa 1880, Papua New Guinea





Dance-of-the-crocodile - Crocodile cult dancers parading with a -crocodile sculpture Yentchen - Sepik

Crocodile cult dancers – Yentchen  Sepik






Damarau sago strorage vessel





Hulis tribe girls at Mount Hagen festival ‘sing sing’




Iatmul hook – Sepik River, PNG

Elaborate hooks are often described by anthropologists and collectors as cult hooks, food hooks or suspension hooks. They are carved and decorated to accommodate benevolent spirits and to preserve food. Suspending food from the hook discourages vermin, and the spirit thought to inhabit the hook is believed to retard spoilage.





Geometrically carved clay pot – Madang Province, PNG



Kanganaman-Village painted mask ---East-Sepik-Province---Papua-New-Guinea-


Kanganaman Village wood carved statue—East Sepik Province—Papua New Guinea





Hand painted mask – Kanganaman Village

East Sepik Province – Papua New Guinea

Flickr – Rita Willaert




Kwams–eating bowl with figural relief art – Naimi, Papua New Guinea

Flickr–Ant Ware




Large wood carved ancestor-Cult Hook

Wood carved hook – New Guinea



Large-Dream-Face-Mask Papua New Guinea

Dream Face Mask, Papua New Guinea





Anthropomorphic Figure, Melanesia, Urama and Era River groups, Papua New Guinea

Musée Barbier-Mueller




Ceramic Sago Pot – Iatmul peoples

Sepik River



Lime-Pot---Trobriand-Islands Decorated-spherical-gourd,-160-mm-high

Decorated gourd Lime Pot

Trobriand Islands




Madang eum-The-Chief's-Throne

Hand carved chief’s throne – Madang, PNG



Mary-Cotterman-flickr clay- relief pottery New Guinea

Relief decoration cooking pot – PNG

Mary Cotterman – flickr



Masked-dancers-in-front-of-the-men’s-longhouse-at-Tovei-village-Urama-Island-1921-Margaret-Whitlam-Gallery-Sydney photo Frank Hurley

Masked dancers in front of the men’s longhouse at Tovei village

Frank Hurley, 1921,  Australian Museum.





Red Mask

Murik Watam, PNG, Sepik Province

The Barbier Mueller Museum





Abelam clay pot with spirit-face mid-20th century

Michael Hamson Oceanic Art



Michael-Hamson-Oceanic-Art--Madang-province-clay-pot-20th-century with pointed base

Madang province clay pot

20th century





‘Aripa’ – Hunter’s helper figure

Korewori Caves region, PNG

National Gallery Australia




Orator stool

Orator stools are carved wooden artefacts, unique to PNG. They are symbolic statues of an ancestral or spirit figure who is sitting on this stool. The figure represents an ethereal convenor or “chairman” of meetings in Sepik men’s houses. During meetings and gatherings, speakers tap or slap the orator statue to give authority to their words. This orator stool is carved out of a single piece of timber and is rich in detail. The main ancestor figure has big powerful savi eyes and sticks its tongue out to ward off evil spirits.



Michael-Hamson-Oceanic-Art---Nagum-Boiken-clay- pot-with face 20th-century

Nagum Boiken clay pot

20th century




New-Guinea-Mask carving

Wall art tribal mask – PNG




Three New-Guinea-tribal masks

Tribal masks in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea





Carved canoe splashboard, Trobriand Islands, PNG





Fish smoking clay pot, Dimeri Village

Lower Sepik River, New Guinea,





Female spirit figure sculpture





Yam Spirit pottery head- Washuk Region

Papua New Guinea




New Guinea natives in full costume---Ambua-Lodge

Huli wigmen





Wood carved female statue –  Melpa tribe

Rondon Ridge, PNG





Huli Wigmen in tribal costumes designed to resemble the Raggiana Bird of Paradise





Tribal masks – Palambei Village -East Sepik Province

Papua New Guinea




Bowl with incised decoration – Papua New Guinea



Papua-New-Guinea---clay-pot with geometric face motif

Incised decorative face pot – PNG





 Women dancing in the Purari Delta,Gulf of Papua

Photographed by Rev Harry Moore Dauncey, Late 19th Century

 British Museum



pole-carving-New-Guinea central roof support in the Spirit House of Kanganaman, Sepik River

A central roof support in the Spirit House of Kanganaman,
Sepik River, Papua New Guinea. The carving represents an ancestor spirit.





Sepik River mask

Rita Willaert





Pearl shell inlay altar cross






Haus tambarans facade




Spirit Board, Gope Ethnic District

Papua New Guinea



London wall mural – Indigenous Person of Papua New Guinea

Dale Grimshaw




Tribal feast Bowl –  Tami Islands

Huon Gulf, Papua New Guinea – length 22 inches





Polychrome terracotta bowl underside – Sawos people, East Sepik Province




Malagan ceremonial mask, Lissenung Island, New Ireland - photo by Alison Wright

Malagan ceremonial mask, Lissenung Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea,

Photo – Alison Wright




Lou Island tribal mask –  Admiralty Islands, PNG




Trobriand Island dance shield kai-diba






Raggiana Bird-of-paradise, (Paradisaea raggiana) is the national bird of Papua New Guinea

photo: Al Dayan on Artflakes



Carved statue - Yamok---Tambaran---Spirithouse

Wood carved statue – Tambaran Spirithouse

Yamok Village, East Sepik Province

by Rita Willaert






NEXT POST  — Persian contemporary pottery Downunder


Australian clayarts – wildlife fauna, flora, landscapes


Owl-Lindy-Rontji - aboriginal pottery art

Handpainted Owl pot – Lindy Rontji


The culture of the Australian indigenous peoples is deeply entwined with their landscape, plants and animals. The rugged, ancient land has a vastness that conveys a sense of the pervasive power of the elements and time.
You could venture to say that the ancient landscapes of Australia have aged gracefully. Despite the ravages of time, there remains a vitality and defiance in the features of the land, highlighted by the ubiquitous bold ochre colours and slashes of vivid hues from the wildflowers and also reflected in the expansive smooth surfaces of the eroded rocks. The eternally elegant gumtrees are locked in synch with the timelessness of the land, reflecting a spirit of survival which is also expressed with smooth, strong trunks that are juxtaposed against the raw, rocky terrains. The distinctive landscapes are a vision of endurance and seem to stretch into infinity and have more hues and subtle tones in their palette then the green European landscapes. The enchanting vistas are simultaneously unfathomable and alienating while remaining inclusive and embracing. Birds have survived in these inhospitable environments along with many unique Australian animals through formidable adaptation and by virtue of the massive underground water table ( 1/3 of the continent) which feed the creeks, billabongs and springs.


Hans-Hayson Flinders Ranges Australian Landscpae

Flinders Ranges, SA – Hans Heyson

This natural and wild environment has acted as a source of inspiration for many Australian and overseas artists. The pottery art of the indigenous artists based in Hermansburg, in the remote Anada region of the Northern Territory, Central Australia, vividly expresses their connection to their environment. I once witnessed a 7 ft tall red kangaroo on a remote beach in Western Australia in its natural environment and from a distance of a few metres it was an impressive animal that left an indelible impression. Along with the koala, it was a popular inclusion in the decoration of the Mid Century Australian pottery. Below I’ve included ceramics and sculptures and photos showing the diversity of the Australian landscapes and animals along with images of some of the lesser known Australian animals such as the Quokka and the Numbat.



ENTATA,-Mrs;-HERMANNSBURG-POTTERS handpainted pot with landscape vista

Handpainted outback vista pot – Irene Entata

Hermannsburg Potters, NT




Irene-Entata---Bilbi aussie animal pottery jar

‘Bilbi’ – Irene Entata

Hermannsburg Potters, NT





Titjarritjarra (Willy Wagtail Dreaming)’ — Anita Ratara

22cm height




“This work depicts my traditional Country, Palm Valley, west of Hermannsburg”. -Hayley Coulthard Panangka, 2016

Western Aranda artists of Ntaria

Photography by Tobias Titz Photography.



Three ceramic globular pots - New-Marks-by-The-Hermannsburg-Potters

‘New Marks’ by The Hermannsburg Potters



Hermannsburg-Potters pottery jar with red parrots

Lidded parrot vessel – Hermannsburg Potters



Hermannsburg-Potters-indigenous-art pottery with handpainted owl and owl figure lidterracotta-po

Terracotta Jar with owl lid and motif – Hermannsburg Potters





Lidded vessel with an Echidna – Judith Pungkarta Inkamala




Judith-Pungkarta-Inkamala wedge tailed eagle

Wedgetail eagle – Judith Pungkarta Inkamala




UNGWANAKA,-Rahel;-HERMANNSBURG-POTTERS Frilled neck lizard ottery jar

Frilled neck lizard jar – Rahel Ungwanaka

Hermannsburg Potters, NT




Red Dress Girl by Judy Prosser

‘Red Dress Girl’ by Judy Prosser




Goanna vase – Aboriginal artist Tammy Kealy Kiralaa




128-Rinconada-Koala - hand carved and painted ceramic figurine

Hand carved Koala’s ornament – Artesania Rinconada






‘Banksia Grevillea Bell Vase’ – Janet De Boos.

Thrown porcellaneous stoneware, black underglaze, terra sigillata, sgraffito, clear glaze,






Barrier Reef jug




Aboriginal arts platypus vase

Tatiana Lou – ebay




Raku jar, bunny figure lid – Jane Sabey

South Australia




Black-Galah-sculpture in a park in Melbourne

Black Galah wood sculpture – Valley Reserve, Melbourne

7.3 ft tall






Two convex laser cut metal sculpture ‘Pendant’ disks

The Flower Garden



Chris-Stubbs resting wombat sculpture with incised ceramic surface

Reclining wombat sculpture – Chris Stubbs




Cockatoo metal sculptures – Kooper Tasmania

Height 1 metre

Kooper Tasmania is a creative partnership between Folko Kooper and Maureen Craig.




Blue Budgies glass birdbath – Kooper Tasmania




Emu-sculpture-corten-steel,-Cooper Tasmania

Emu sculpture – Kooper Tasmania




erica evans-Land-of-the-Budgies

‘Land of the Budgies’ – Erica Evans




Feeding-cocky-sculpture-corten-steel,-Kooper Tasmania

‘Feeding Cocky’ sculpture – Folko Kooper and Maureen Craig (Kooper Tasmania)




Pelican-sculptures-corten-steel,-8m-wing spans,

Pelican sculptures – Kooper Tasmania

Corten-steel, 8m wing spans,




3 bird vase- Anita-Reay Gum leaves with Galah and cockatoo

Galah and Cocky vase – Anita Reay




‘Arrernte welcoming dance, entrance of the strangers’, Alice Springs, Central Australia

Photographers – Walter Baldwin, Spencer and Francis J Gillen – 1901





Kangaroo and joey  – Lisa Larson




Peter-Ferguson hand painted mudka pot

Peter Ferguson





Stoneware handpainted parrot plate





‘Laughing Kookaburra’ mug – Ian Bell




Ian-Bell-Sculpture-wombat black finish with concentric circles motifs in white

‘Wombat’ – Ian Bell




‘Lyrebird’  ( mimic extraordinaire)  – William T. Cooper





Kookaburra figurine – Hebb




Tassie Devil ceramic ornament

‘Tassie Devil’ – Anita Ray





Salt and Pepper Owl Shakers – Kanga





‘Wombat’ – Silvio Apponyi

Maroochy Botanic Gardens, QLD





Koala in a ghost gumtree





Quokka feeding at Rottnest Island, WA




AUS-kangarroo-island natural rock formations

Natural rocks – Kangaroo Island





Striped ‘Numbat’, Australia



Jenny-Orchard-Mishief-2009 brenda may

‘Mischief’ zookini sculpture – Jenny Orchard





Large Lucas Daisy Ware vase





‘Conference of the Birds’ charger – Barbara Swarbrick



Lovely-Vintage-Retro-1950s-Australian-Pottery-Banksia-Decorated-the antique store west pymble

Retro Australian Banksia Decorated dish – ‘the antique store West Pymble’




Conference-of-the-Birds vase by Barbara Swarbrick

‘Conference of the Birds’ vase by Barbara Swarbrick






Owl sculpture, corten steel, on stone plinth – Kooper Tasmania





‘Spheroid’ sculpture Kooper Tasmania

1.8 metres tall





Adriana Christianson ceramic bowl




yuparli_Eunice-Napangardi Australian indigenous art

Yuparli – Eunice Napangardi




Ricketts-Sanctuary tree sculpture

Clay statue merged with a tree – William Ricketts Sanctuary



underwater animal-selfie-seal and Alan Dixon

Irishman Alan Dizon in Australia – underwater seal selfie



animal-selfies-allan-dixon-milinf kangaroo

 Alan Dixon with smiling wallaby.





Quokka selfie @ Alan Dixon





A seagull sharing a chip with a cockatoo – Alan Dixon selfie



Alan Dixon meeting a white kangaroo

Irishman downunder Alan Dixon meets with a white kangaroo




Possom-Pots-plate---potters-Bev-Puckridge-and-Ian-Winter - Possum in a flowering gum tree

Vintage Possum Pots plate – Bev Puckridge and Ian Winter

Sold @ Bemboka Pottery




South Lagoons vessel with teabowl

Jeff Mincham




‘Arrkingarra (barn owl)’ – Lindy Rontji Panangka

Terracotta and Underglazes

Photography © Tobias Titz Photography.




A rather regal looking koala paperweight – Royal Crown Derby




”The legend of Albatross Bay’ – Thanakupi

The big legends of my country are often about the birds: Emu, Brolga, and many others. In this sphere you can see the foods as well, yams, yam seeds, small fruits, and others. – Thanakupi




‘Wacombe the bushman and Ndhwalan the dingo’ – Thanakupi




‘Emu Corroboree Man’ – Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

Early 1970’s

see more Australian aboriginal art here





A Ponga Ponga woman carries a pet possum, Northern Territory, 1922




Opussum-Jug---Melrose-Art-Pottery---Bundoora-Homestead-art-Gallery-1932-42 Greg Hill Collection

Possum Jug – Melrose Art Pottery




Rainbow-serpent-rock-art on cave ceiling - Australia

A huge Rainbow Serpent painted on the roof of a cavern, extending down into the sandstone overhang, Mount Borradaile, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia





Large Goanna lizard sunbaking – Ben Pearse

Blue Mountains, NSW





‘Bunabiri’ Australian aboriginal art plate -Westminster Fine China





Echidna ceramic sculpture Aleida-(Liddy)-Wright

Echidna ceramic sculpture Aleida (Liddy) Wright



endangered-tiger-quoll in the bush

Endangered Spotted Tiger Quoll





George Nissen-•-Inventor of the Trampoline jumping with his Kangaroo





Noongar artist Laurel Nannup’s sculpture ‘First Contact’

Elizabeth Quay–Perth



Young Tasmanian devil joey intrigued by falling snow






NEXT POST   —  Watershed and Objective Clay Salad Day


Spiritual motives with ceramic arts



‘Lakshmi open bowl’ by Susan Folwell (Santa-Clara) and Les Namingha (Hopi Tewa Zuni)


Art’s universal language of creativity and spirit.


In India, Tibet, Nepal and other Eastern countries they have rituals to enliven the spirit of a work of art after it has been created. To the Hindus this is known as Abhisheka, also called Abhishekam. This is conducted by Brahmins who pour libations on the image of the deity being worshiped, amidst the chanting of mantras. Usually, offerings such as milk, yogurt, ghee, honey, sesame oil, rosewater, sandalwood paste and other perfume oils may be used, along with other offerings such as flowers, depending on the type of ceremony being performed. These rituals are routinely performed in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples. This is believed to create a purified ambience and transform the consciousness projected by the piece. Christianity also performs similar ceremonies with candles, incense and prayer to its saints and deities, to purify the atmosphere and objects of worship. Powerful religious imagery and symbols have been utilized over the ages with the intention of uplifting the atmosphere and spirit.
Artists, through their own intensity towards their objects of creation, can also project a degree of consciousness into their work, which can linger for a long time, sometimes indefinitely. This can also be influenced by the subject matter and the degree of personal emotional involvement. Long periods of concentration on a singular object are known to arouse meditative states that can lead to a blissful consciousness and even rapture. Prolonged devotion, an inspired focus on beauty and even fatigue can trigger a transcendence and elevated creativity.

The reverence of Japanese and Korean artists towards established traditions and their recognition of cosmic factors, such as the interplay between Heaven and Earth, are a factor in the spiritual resonance of their art. Awareness of the alignment between form, perspective, colour and textures to the forces of yin and yang sometimes act as a guide to their creative decisions. A meditative detachment from internal emotions can also introduce an alternate perspective where visual stimuli is interpreted differently and art created in this state tends to have a calming effect.
Some works of art can have a deeply spiritual impact on viewers even though the artist was completely oblivious to this quality during the process of creation. The merging of the metaphysical with the physical in art is unfathomable, where a single stroke or action can act as a catalyst.



‘Ariel 3’ – Ginger Gilmore


Artists draw on a myriad of influences in their creative expression. Innate inspiration can flow from endless sources :- childhood memories, nature, a random encounter with a person on the street, landscapes, spirituality, animals, music, to name a few. It is also possible to draw on an inner inspiration independent of any external stimuli. Artists, by virtue of their sensitivity and refined awareness can connect with their inner spirit and beauty and channel it into their art. Perception can be altered by awareness which can also influence the intensity of projection. The same can be said for belief and conviction.

Artistic instincts can be stifled and repressed by external factors, much to the detriment of a culture and an individual. Conversely they can be stimulated through interaction with other artists and mentors and also by powerful artistic statements from gifted artists filled with freedom of expression. Spiritual concepts and practices can also act as a stimulus towards creativity. Here, a selection of artists is considered from a spiritual perspective, including the diversity of influences that have provided the impetus to drive their creativity.



Joey Chiarello


Joey Chiarello (Mojomaker1)  – “growing up, I have always had a great appreciation of the many forms and capabilities of the entire animal kingdom. I am captivated by the stillness of the instinctual nature of each diverse creature. Through the Zen of simple being I find my answers. I can have a goal in mind however I must be open to the clay too guide me along to achieve my most accurate form of personal expression. When I give in, creatures seem to flow from my fingertips.

Currently I am working with narrative character creation and interaction. I love to see and study many old ancient designs and interpretations. The content includes a wide range of Native, Asian, folklore and spirituality as paintings drawings and tattoos. I use these age-old 2-D designs as inspiration to make 3-D interpretations.”



‘Acceptance’  – Joey Chiarello



The-Dawn-of-compassion-ceramic,-underglaze,-glazes,-boars-hair-and-steel---- Joey Chiarello

‘The Dawn of Compassion’  ceramic squirrel — Joey Chiarello



Eternal Inspiration-tortoise-figurine by Joey Chiarello

‘Eternal Inspiration’  ceramic tortoise sculpture – by Joey Chiarello




‘The Cleaner’ – Joey Chiarello



Joey-Chairello--with large spider

Joey Chiarello with his ‘Simran the Sacred Jumping Spider’ sculpture.



The-sound-of-compassion-Credit-Joey-Chiarello ceramic dragon

‘The sound of compassion’  ceramic dragon – Joey Chiarello



Joey Chiarello ceramic sculpture of a female figure

Raku Geisha sculpture  – Joey Chiarello





‘Live in the Now’  lucky cat sculpture figurine – Joey Chiarello



Good-fortune-Koi 2011 Joey Chiarello

‘Good fortune Koi’ – Joey Chiarello



Anita Feng


Poet, potter and a 30 year practitioner of Zen in the Korean tradition.

‘Creativity is, yes, the person, but as he/she intersects with all the other variables of present moment experience. Meeting at the cross-hairs of lived experience, the voice that emerges from the individual is the potential for creative force. In both of my mediums I rarely start with a topic or idea. I start with music — in poetry this would be the particular music of a word or phrase as it appears in my mind. In clay, it would be the physical music of clay’.

“I am interested in showing the flow of engagement, which may reflect vulnerability and fear, yet finds stillness within that. The only way the absolute can come through is through the subjective.” –Anita Feng


Compassion-in-the-Clouds- Anita Feng

Raku Quan Yin sculpture – ‘Compassion in the Clouds’ – Anita Feng





‘Buddha Seated in Meditation’ —  Anita Feng





‘Buddha Kwan Yin Goddess Statue With Chains’ – Anita Feng





Anita Feng – ‘Standing Buddha Statue in Turquoise Red Copper Raku’





‘Black Woman Buddha’ — Anita Feng

Also see the other veniceclayartists post on Anita Feng here


Anita’s poetry books are: Internal Strategies and Sadie and Mendel


William Morris


Morris gathers much of his inspiration from ancient cultures from around the world – Egyptian, Asian, Native American – all peoples who respected and admired the land they inhabited. Because of this, Morris’s artwork has become something all its own: culturally distinct and yet familiar to all cultures. His pieces embody a spiritual quality that sharply contrasts old beliefs with those of the modern world. “Art broadly speaking is that which invites us into contemplation.  Art arrests attention, it is an important service to the soul.”



‘Suspended Artifact’ – William Morris, USA





Morris-William-green rhyton-bull-sculpture

‘Rhyton Bull’ – William Morris



Alex Bernstein



window-15 Alex-Bernstein Glass ovoid blue sculpture

‘Window 15’ – Alex Bernstein

Artist Alex Bernstein presents a refreshing exploration of visual form and storytelling by combining metaphor with the power and sensuality of sculpted glass. His glass sculptures provide the viewer with intimate narrative landscapes, drawn from light, form and color. Alex explores ideas about the passage of time and the processes of creation and transformation.




‘Copper Window’, Cast & cut glass, fused steel – Alex Bernstein

2015, Habitat Galleries



Steel-26 Alex-Bernstein glass sculptural art

Alex Bernstein


Ancient-Consecration-Kat-McIver seated mystic sculpture - white raku clay

‘Ancient Consecration’ Kat McIver

“I experience my art as a radical response and prayer to life. Each piece develops as a deep, evolutionary process, expressing my personal spiritual journey and the emotional vicissitudes of beingness.”




Seed jar with four polished birds and geometric designs against a buff black ground by Andrew Octavio




Jonathan Middlemiss



Beech-path,-dancing-light painting by Jon Middlemiss

‘Beech path, dancing light’  –  Jonathan Middlemiss, UK


“Meditation on the ‘Tree of Life’ of the Western Mystery tradition underpinned my ceramics for most of my career. I spent several years absorbing the influences of other spiritual traditions, particularly Vajrayana Buddhism and shamanism. Painting and drawings in mixed media are a contemplation on these influences ” Jonathan Middlemiss

“I am inspired by experiences of immersion in landscape and the opportunity to go to places where the wild lands speak in a way I understood as a child in the Yorkshire Dales and later on the North Yorkshire Moors. The experience of re-tracing my father’s droving routes to market, listening to the sounds of the wooded ghylls and waterfalls or walking the upland peat bogs and watching the wildlife of these now precious habitats… all become starting points for new paintings. Here I sense the portals to a greater spiritual reality that we have become culturally alienated from and dismiss as irrational, and here are opportunities to remember to appreciate our experience of the world as magical.”



painting titled Pools-of-light by Jon Middlemiss

‘Pools of light’ – Jon Middlemiss



ceramic cup - Rippled-form-blue-and-gold-Jon Middlemiss

 ‘Rippled form blue and gold’ –    Jon Middlemiss



Anne Shulenberger


“Being creative has always been very important to me. I believe that being creative is what connects each of us with the highest power in the universe (God/Goddess/All That Is). When immersed in creating artwork I often feel a deep connection with all sentient beings and a strong conviction that what I am making is of utmost importance to the world. This feeling of being part of something much bigger than my own individual self is what I am always striving for. It gives my creative struggle and my work meaning and makes my life worth living. I hope to communicate this powerful feeling of connection to all who come into contact with what I have created.”


wood-fired-Kwan-Yin-sculptures---Anne-Shulenberger wall panel of Kwan Yin riding a dragon

Kwan Yin riding a dragon wall panel – Anne Shulenberger




Anne-Shulenberger slab built snake goddess vase

Snake Goddess raku vase- Anne Shulenberger





‘Venus’ raku ceramic panel – Anne Shulenberger



Indian deity riding a moose - Durga-In-Montana-Tricia-Cline ceramic sculpture

‘Durga In Montana’ – Tricia Cline




Paige Bradley 



Emerging- Sculpture of the cobra pose - Paige Bradley

Metamorphosis series – ‘Emerging’ – Paige Bradley

‘I want to advocate healing and empowerment for people around the world. I want my art to be a forceful voice to help those who suffer from illness, repression, or exploitation. My sculptures express a depth and variety of the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual that we search for as a human race. Simultaneously, I want to provoke us to feel painful truths we keep bottled up inside. I want us to remember we are all the same. And, it is this understanding that can heal us all.’



Expansion - seated female in full lotus with hand mudras sculpture by Paige Bradley

‘Expansion’ – Paige Bradley

‘From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: A social security number, a gender, a race, a profession or an I.Q. I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in, rather than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies? Would we still be able to exist if we were authentically ‘un-contained’?




‘Breath’ – Paige Bradley



release-Paige Bradley female sculpture in bronze

‘Release’ – Paige Bradley



Illumination-Paige Bradley sculpture of a kneeling man with his arms outstretched

‘Illumination’ – Paige Bradley


Ilona Jo 



Ceramic-raku-horse by Ilona Jo

Raku Horse – Ilona Jo, Bordeaux




Zen, Dew, Earth – Ilona Jo




‘Happy Easter’ – Ilona Jo



Trio Meditation-monks Ilona-Jo

‘Meditation Trio’ – Ilona Jo

“All are naked raku. I took a lot of pleasure to shape…. they are serene, gentle, cheerful … except the last which resists a bit”




George Lafayette


“I spent a few years in animation and maquette-making, and then became a real estate agent. After further exploration of my artistic desires, I realized that my passion was sculpture.

Inspirations for my sculptures come from my inner feelings about life, rebirth, and spiritual mysticism. They are the reflections and interpretation of my life experiences.”


George-Lafayette-Dream-time female bust

George Lafayette – ‘Dream time’




George-Lafayette-sculpture of mytsical female

George Lafayette sculpture





‘Dream Catcher on a boat’ – George Lafayette


Hanoi-Fine-Arts-Museum Room-for-Meditation reief art

‘Room for Meditation’ – wall art – artist?

Hanoi Fine Arts Museum


Hoshino-Tomoyuki ceramic vessel

Hoshino Tomoyuki

When I work on the wheel I find myself harmonizing with the clay, and it’s then I can feel a sense as if my own genes somehow become synchronized with the clay drawing itself out in spirals; I find it a fascinating process.



Kaku Hayashi




‘Zero Trajectory’ – Kaku Hayashi




Kaku-Hayashi Eastern-themes-–-ZERO-and-a-Sacred-waterfall - ceramic sculpture

‘Zero Trajectory’ – Kaku Hayashi


Hayashi’s Zero Trajectory series was inspired by an  encounter with a calligraphy artist. Her creations begin with the idea of ZERO or ‘nothingness’ found in ZEN Buddhism. This Eastern philosophical concept has provided wide-ranging inspiration for Hayashi’s ceramic work. She exploits the malleability of clay to express her ideas through a dynamic series of folds, combined with undulations derived from calligraphy brushwork.




Kaku Hayashi – Kegon


The exhibit, ‘Kegon’, is inspired by the beautiful sacred waterfall in Tochigi prefecture, Kegon no Taki. This masterful work brilliantly evokes in pottery the dramatic cascade of water and its substance as droplets.The Kegon Waterfall is one of the most famous waterfalls in all of Japan and Hayashi lives close to this location. She draws upon the majestic beauty and power of the falls and incorporates those elements-emotions into her works.( see below)




Kegon Falls, Japan



Fujino Sachiko


“I create my pieces through a dialogue with the soft clay . Clay is a moist, flexible medium, whose plasticity suggests new ceramic forms. Conscious of  both the suppleness and the fragility of the clay, I attempt to create forms which possess an inner power of conviction. I would like to approach the clay in such a way that my pieces are expressions of profound thoughts and feelings”.  She enhances the depth of her surfaces by using an airbrush device that sprays slip and occasionally colored glazes.




Collapse/Rebirth – Fujino Sachiko

Interconnection ’15-3

Joan B Mirviss


Interconnection-’15-3;-standing-geometric-connected-sculpture-and-spray-glazed-in-matte-blackish-brown by Fujino Sachiko

‘Rensetsu’ – Fujino Sachiko

Stoneware with matte glaze




Stoneware ‘Bud Casing II’
Fujino Sachiko 2011

 Mary Ann and Stanley Snider Collection
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston




Jinnai Sakata


Hajomon or the Wave Motif itself expresses the five elements of the ancient Chinese philosophy of yin and yang-wood, fire, earth, metal and water-of which all things, living and nonliving, in heaven and on earth are composed. Since ancient times the Chinese have viewed the world through the prism of the “yin and yang five elements”.




Jinnai Sakata




‘Jormon memory’ – Jinnai Sakata

Vessel of Black exterior with gilt pressed inside (Daihachi)

“What I am attempting is not to imitate the warmth and forcefulness found in Jomon vessels, nor to merely reproduce their shapes. But rather I wish to reconstruct in the present, through the means of my awareness, the spirituality imbued in Jomon pieces – each one a prayer of divine awe and reverence.”





‘Zanskar of Convergence’ – Jinnai Sakata




Sakata-Jinnai.--triangular dish with incised wavy patterns

‘Dish with incised waves’ – Jinnai Sakata





‘Bunhentsubo’ – Jinnai Sakata ikebana




Sakata-Jinnai.----- two double gourd shaped dishes in brown and gold

Jinnai Sakata



Jinnai Sakata - Very-large-deep-glass-dish-foil-paper-'Man-open-Sakurai'-----95cm diameter

Jinnai Sakata – Very large deep glass dish foil paper-‘Man open Sakurai’ series

‘Inhaling deeply, I feel myself become like a cherry tree drawing deep energy from the Earth. When I exhale, I expand ever outward, radiating from the top of my head, or crown chakra, all the way to the Polaris or Pole Star. If we say that each individual is a micro cosmos then isn’t the top of his head his own Pole Star. Thus the Earth is connected to the Pole Star by the vertical flow of energy, which simultaneously flows downward, piercing the Earth’s mantle to its very core. Heaven, Earth and Man all connected. This connecting energy is what I mean by the Eye of Polaris.’  – Jinnai Sakata (this is Iron Shirt Kung Fu philosophy)



Sakata-Jinnai.-Chain-Of-Life bonsai sculpture

‘Chain Of Life’ bonsai sculpture – Sakata Jinnai




Sakata-Jinnai for blue wavy ceramic bowls

Blue dishes – Jinnai Sakata




Jinnai Sakata

Large bowl with a rough textured facade that contrasts with the glittering gold kinpaku (gold foil) inside. width 45cm

Inscribed on the bottom is the statement – “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Ellen Kong


Madames+Day+Off-Ellen-Kong-ceramic art

‘Madams Day Off ‘ – Ellen Kong


Sweet-Fragrance-Of-Summer-Eve-by-Ellen-Kong--Raku-fired ceramic sculpture

‘Sweet Fragrance Of Summer Eve’ by Ellen Kong


“Like the horticulturist, I must devote time to nurture each individual work. Creating with clay is forever new to me. It is challenging, and intriguing. I like to construct cascading ceramic series, in which one work flows into the next. This sculptural stream of consciousness intrigues me as a vehicle to capture ideas and forms. The incessant pursuit of the ever-expanding boundaries of technique and images nourishes me. In my work, wind-borne seeds sown long ago germinate and bloom unexpectedly, defying time and space. In a unique fashion, they emerge and transform into design elements that reflect my own passage”. Ellen Kong




‘Pattern from Inner Image’ – Morihiro Wada




Mid Century Farsta Vase – Wilhelm Cage



Paul Katrich


‘The Sphinx is a symbol shrouded in myth and antiquity; revered in many cultures.’

“I adopted this symbol as a signature to demonstrate respect for the artists of the ancient East, whose pottery is a constant source of wonder. For me, the Sphinx is a guardian of arcane knowledge and many mysteries. By tradition, the vessel held in her paws denotes life and special insight. She has faithfully served Katrich Studios, as a companion and good-luck token.”



March-Sunrise-lustra glaze vessel by Paul Katrich

‘Autumn Sunrise’Paul Katrich



Paul Katrich - Scarlet,-violet,-and-magenta-peer-through-a---combustive-atmosphere-of-eternal-iridescent-night-Dying-Sun

‘Dying Sun’  – Paul Katrich

Scarlet, violet, and magenta peer through a – combustive atmosphere of eternal iridescent night





‘Stars and Clouds’

Lustre glaze vessel – Paul Katrich



Virgil Ortiz


His clay figures and vessels tell a dramatic story that flows seamlessly from past to future.  Resilience, perseverance, honor and history are the themes which he continues to explore.  Ortiz has expanded from simply traditional clay, materials and firing to contemporary clay to tell his story on a larger and more complex scale than ever before. – King Gallery, Scottsdale




‘Translator Time Shift’ Virgil Ortiz

Modernly Ancestral Series

‘The masks and vessels.  The clay. The past. The future.  All are portents to the destruction and victories to come…’



‘Helix’ – Virgil Ortiz


Josh Herman


‘My ceramics studies in the U.S. led me to Midcentury Modernism, while my studies in Japan influenced my affinity for Eastern principles that shows up in my work today. I am deeply guided by Hakomi, which is an experiential, mindfulness-based therapy rooted in Taoism. Hakomi is a discipline of paying attention to what you’re experiencing in any given moment, and this allows me to stay focused on the clay as the form reveals itself.

I am fascinated by the inner and outer landscapes of the creative process. When I start a piece I don’t know where it’s going, I don’t have a preconceived shape or idea in mind. I just allow my senses to engage and feel my way to the final result. The clay has a language, a way of communicating its limitations and strengths, and I tap into that dialectic to bring the form to life.’


Pod---Turquoise-Volcanic-Glaze ceramic vessel by Josh Herman

‘Pod’ – turquoise volcanic glaze




‘Blue Lichen’ Tall Bottle- Josh Herman




‘Round Chalice—Chartreuse’ by Josh Herman




Avital Sheffer 


“I search for clues in the personal and intimate relics that history left behind, in marks of individuality within the collective, in the tension they hold: quintessential and idiosyncratic forms, manuscripts and letters, the Divine that can be hand held.  Working in clay, with its primacy, transformations and its place as a provider of human needs from food receptacles to effigies and Gods, keeps one in a close embrace with this kind of spirituality.”

“I perceive material and spirit as inseparable. Humanity of all persuasions, even the most agnostic, harbours a deep need for ritual and custom, for the embodiment of the spiritual… in objects of meaning and beauty; I am interested in the manifestations of that need and in the conflicts it engenders…my inquiry naturally takes me on the path of the language I love and the stories of my ancestry, yet I am acutely aware of it being the story of humanity. I am inspired by the artisan who sits on the shoulders of humble teachers; who draws on ancient knowledge and traditions; who finds fulfilment in acquiring and refining skills; who takes part in creating complex systems of beauty that resonate with the depth of the human spirit; who touches a place that is beyond time.”




‘Lekitos V’ — Avital Sheffer




Kesher-VI---2015-Avital-Sheffer ceramic vessel

‘Kesher VI’  by Avital Sheffer





‘Chalcos VI’  by Avital Sheffer

photo – David Young



Catherine White

Because pottery itself abstractly expresses—through clay, glaze and shape—nature’s landscape, it can be as spirited as a spring day or as barren as a raw and sullen winter afternoon, barely touched with color. I am aiming for distillations from nature, historically alive and poetically inspired.




Catherine White – Winter 2015



To the attentive eye,

each moment of the year

has its own beauty,

and in the same field,

it beholds,

every hour,

a picture which was never seen before,

and which shall never be seen again.

— Ralph Waldon Emerson ( via




Catherine White ikebana


“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”
–Joan Miro



winter-2015-Catherine-White-ceramic dish with mandarine

Catherine White ceramics


Nothing is more abstract than reality. – Giorgio Morandi




Thijs Nel



Thijs Nel, South Africa


Thijs-Nel-folded ceramic-vessel

Folded ceramic sculpture vessel  —  Thijs Nel




Thijs Nel  garden sculpture




‘Mystical Spiral’  —  Thijs Nel

“The circles, squares and spirals always find their way into my work as symbols that suggest wholeness, movement and change. The spiral often becomes a tree of life… a metaphor for the Omnipresence of creation in action.
I have been fascinated by the relationship between the physical material and the metaphysical spiritual conditions of our existence and it became a lifelong quest to find a balance for myself between these phenomena, the Omnipresence of spirit of place… the x- quality that moves us in wonderment about life and the core of our existence.
For as long as I can remember, all forms of creativity and especially painting, sculpting, ceramics and writing… have been for me a means of coming to terms with my immediate environment. I have to find a balance between nature and that which is manmade, including the work of art itself. Something universal and satisfying — something beautiful, should enter into this balance and I dare say that all of these qualities create a dynamic process which should hopefully keep me occupied for the rest of my life.”


see more Thijs Nel here



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Mystical gardens and sculptures tour


Garden sculptures of heightened spirit Downunder


All of the three following gardens are located on the outer Eastern fringe of Melbourne, Victoria.  Each garden is approximately one hour travel time from the centre of Melbourne with an additional 45 minutes of travel between them.



Australia Garden :

Cranbourne, Victoria


Contemporary landscape garden, Melbourne

Queensland Bottle Trees in a rock landscape

Contemporary Australia Garden, Cranbourne, Melbourne


The bold, sweeping contemporary botanical gardens at Cranbourne were created from a former sand quarry. It was designed to allow visitors to follow a metaphorical journey of the movement of water through the Australian landscape, from the desert to the coastal fringe. Via innovative artistry of landscape design, this integrated landscape brings together horticulture, architecture, ecology, and art to create the largest botanic garden devoted to Australian flora.
The first half of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne was completed in 2006 and Stage 2 was completed in Spring 2012. The stylized native landscape gardens showcase the diversity of environments found on the Australian continent along with much of the exotic and wonderful flora which may be found there.


Orange-red Grevillia flowers  -- Australia Gardens, Cranbourne

Grevillia flowers  — Australia Gardens, Cranbourne

Spread out over 15 hectares and inspired by Aboriginal art forms, the highly landscaped gardens use colour selections of clusters of native plants to sculpt shapes onto the landscape. Lots of open spaces are given consideration between the designed elements to replicate the vast open expanses of the Australian landscape.
Also known as the ‘Australia Garden’, it presents sequences of original sculptural and artistic landscape experiences modelled into precincts such as the Gondwana Garden, Red Sand Garden, Ephemeral Lake, Serpentine Walk, Vine Garden and Eucalyptus walk. Included in the gardens are a rich variety of native plants which include the Albany Daisy, Kangaroo-paw, Pincushions, Pineapple Bush, Rope-rush, Popflower, Snakebush, Mat-rush, Grass tree and other fascinating rockery plants.
The unique Australia Garden is designed to be a companion piece to the Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens and is in contrast to its European botanical features. The layout utilizes 170,000 plants across 1700 species all adapted to this challenging site condition, with species selected not only for their suitability to low organic media, but also their adaptation to low water utilization and drought tolerance.
The young gardens are still evolving and has free entry and can be witnessed from the elevated Boon Wurrung Cafe. Visiting these gardens is a journey that becomes a choreography of movement balancing abstraction, metaphor and landscape poetry through the combination of ancient native plants, rocks and water with space.



Rock garden – Australia Garden



Royal-Botanic-Gardens-Cranbourne--Australia---large lake

‘Melaleuca Spits Lake’



Blue Wren on rocks

Blue Wren – Australia Gardens



Stylised landscape garden Cranbourne

Rock garden built with Castlemaine stones



Cranbourne Botanic-Gardens---Lily-Pad-Bridge

‘Lily Pad Bridge’ – Australia Garden, Cranbourne, Victoria




Cranbourne Botanic-Gardens---Castlemaine-rocks

Cranbourne Botanic Gardens—Castlemaine rocks



Ephemeral-Lake at Cranbourne Botanical Gardens - metaphorical sculpture

‘Ephemeral Lake’ at Cranbourne Australia Garden

Sculptor Mark Stoner in collaboration with Edwina Kearney

Highlighted by white ceramic elements, the work is predicated on the idea of the presence and absence of water and the horizontal nature of its dispersal across the arid zones of Australia. Viewed as a meandering rather than a direct flow pattern. This requires a certain way of movement, a linear sensibility. This allows a rhythm and tempo in the work, a quietness, a distillation of time and space. Ephemeral Lake introduces the narrative of water in this ancient, degraded, arid and flat continent.



Cranbourne Botanical Red Sand Garden

‘Red Sand Garden’




Contemporary-Australia-Garden aerial view

Red Sand stylized garden




Aerial view-Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

Australia Garden – aerial perspective

Maybe because the aerial configuration of the gardens look like an abstract painting, to me the gardens felt like a living, breathing sculpture. Traversing the gardens was a grounded, immersive experience that felt vibrant and refreshing. As you enter the gardens, the first thing you witness is the huge, minimalist Red Sand Garden, an immediate statement of scale and conceptual intent for a botanical garden you haven’t seen the likes of before.



Johnsons Grass Trees with their spectacular flower spikes

Flower Spikes on Johnson’s Grass Trees

Australia Garden, Cranbourne, Victoria



Bush-Ranger-(Anigozanthos) red Australian native flowers

Red Bush Ranger (Anigozanthos) – Australian native flower




Cranbourne Botanical Garden - photo by Craig-Ward

Contemporary landscape gardens, Cranbourne

 photo by Craig-Ward


Royal-Botanic-Gardens-Cranbourne--Australia---red bush-gumnut flowers photo by DancerAustralia

Flowering red gum nuts



Cranbourne Botanical Gardens - photo Roger-Nelly

Cranbourne Botanical Gardens – photo by Roger Nelly





Native plants in a contemporary setting at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Cranbourne




Australia-Garden sightseeing

Sightseeing buggies at Australia Garden





RBCG – Royal Botanical Cranbourne Gardens




RBGC_Australia_Garden abstract outdoor sculptures

Australia Garden water course sculptures




Melaleuca Spits – Sculptured lakes – Australia Garden, Cranbourne, Victoria



Queensland Bottle Tree - Australia Garden - large yellow tree with bottle shaped trunk

Queensland Bottle Tree – Australia Garden, Cranbourne



William Ricketts Sanctuary :

Olinda, Mount Dandenong


William Ricketts Sanctuary is nestled in the Dandenong Mountains in a lush fern forest, in a natural setting of beauty and tranquility. It is an ideal location for Ricketts mystical sculptures, which merge naturally with the ferns, along enchanting pathways. William Ricketts, an Australian potter and sculptor, began creating his sculptural odyssey in 1934, making his visionary pieces from clay and kiln firing them before attaching them onto the natural rock formations.
Having spent 2 years in India at the Sri Aurobindo spiritual center in Pondicherry, and making frequent trips into Central Australia to live with Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte Aboriginal people from 1949 to 1960, his works express a spiritual resonance reflecting his empathy with Indian and Aboriginal spirituality and philosophies. His sculptures were inspired by the cultures and ancient traditions of the Indigenous Australians and their bond with the earth. Torsos of men, women and children covered in moss protrude from tree trunks and boulders. Winged sculptures reach heavenward and others embrace protectively, reinforcing their family bonding. His kinship with the Aboriginal peoples and love of the Australian landscape has translated into a collection of over 100 forest sculptures, which amount to a life long mission, to promote and immortalize the deep spirit of the ancient Australian cultures.


Indigenous Elder waterfall sculpture at Ricketts Sanctuary

Indigenous Elder waterfall sculpture at Rickett’s Sanctuary




Winged Aboriginal boy sculpture



William-Rickett sculpture with lyrebird tail feathers

William Ricketts self portrait sculpture with totem Lyrebird tail feathers



Entrance to William Ricketts Garden Sanctuary with two aboriginal busts

Entrance sculptures to William Ricketts Sanctuary




Ricketts Sanctuary entrance rock sculpture




Rock sculpture of Aboriginal elder

William Ricketts sculpture of an Aboriginal elder





Rock wall sculptures under native ferns




William_Ricketts_sanctuary_Aboriginal earth mother

A William Rickett’s ‘Earth Mother’ sculpture





Three Aboriginal angels sculpture

Photo by Jakwak


Ricketts-rock-sculpture at the Dandenong Mountains

Unique sculpture garden of rock and moss




William Ricketts – (1898-1993)

Photo by Ern Mainka



William-Ricketts fern forest sculptures

Mountain fern forest Aboriginal sculpture

Ricketts Sanctuary




Stone sculpture with concentric circle motif

Inscribed on the Sculpture :
Beyond organized religions, Beyond man’s institutions
Is the true state of being
That Thou Art – Tat Twam Asi



William Ricketts bush sculpture of Aboriginal children

William Ricketts sculpture of aboriginal children





Terracotta sculpture by William Ricketts

Carter’s Price Guides to Antiques and Collectables




William Ricketts earthenware plaque modelled with an indigenous Australian motif





Unglazed earthenware sculpture – William Ricketts



William-Ricketts-Sanctuary-aboriginal children sculpture

Ricketts Sanctuary

Olinda, Mount Dandenong



William-Ricketts-Sanctuary - Bearded aboriginal elder sculpture -photo-Chris Wang

Moss covered,  bearded Aboriginal elder sculpture





Wall relief and inner sanctum –  William Ricketts

Google Earth photo – Indriati Naland




William-Ricketts-Sanctuary-Earthly-Mother with family

Earth Mother by William Ricketts




William-Ricketts-Sanctuary-----image from Google Earth

Sculpture of an aboriginal seated on a rock ledge with hands reaching up from the earth.




William Ricketts rock sculpture in a fern forest

Rock sculpture immersed in the fern forest




Bruno’s Art and Sculpture Garden :

Marysville, Victoria


Bruno Torfs grew up in South America and moved to Australia as an adult. One of the first places he visited was the mountainous Marysville, which he interpreted as a kind of Middle Earth location due to its natural splendor, mystique and beauty and he immediately felt an affinity with the rugged and graceful landscape. After acquiring an established art gallery there he began creating his sculpture garden full of artworks of Celtic, European and Russian influence along with Australian aboriginal art. Assisted by his wife Maureen, he expanded his garden over several years to include over 200 sculptures and paintings. The lush rainforest embraced his sculptures like they always belonged there, even after they were confronted with the misfortune of a dreadful bushfire in 2009 that destroyed most of the town including his home and some of his artworks.

As a professional artist he believed that the universe supports you when you follow your passion so he continued. He also viewed the event as a cleansing and rebirth for himself and the environment and entered a new phase for his fantasy garden project. His clay sculptures are quite often constructed outdoors and kiln fired on-site. Through his diverse talents and a spirit for adventure, Bruno has kept creating his unique sculptures full of culture and character and his wonderful garden is on the way to a full recovery.


maiden-riding-a-unicorn Bruno Torfs garden

Girl Riding a Unicorn sculpture – Bruno Torfs Garden


Bruno Toff in his garden at Marysville

Bruno Toff in his garden at Marysville



Queen Bee sculpture - Bruno Torfs

Queen Bee sculpture




Bruno Torfs Garden sculptures


Bruno-Torfs---Seated Goddess on her throne in a fern canopy

Seated Goddess on her throne in a fern canopy


Surviving Goddess sculpture from Marysville bushfire

After surviving the Black Saturday bushfire. A close call, some of the sculptures were crushed by falling trees.


Bush fire at Bruno's sculpture garden

Terracotta statues intact after the raging furnace



Bruno Torfs sculpture in a razed bush landscape

Sculpture of a man and a boy in a fire ravaged landscape, curiously in synch with the environment



Surviving sculptures after the bushfire at Bruno's garden

Another surviving sculpture in synch with the event.




 embracing couple sculpture in a forest after a bushfire - Bruno's garden

A sculpture of an embracing couple in a razed forest




 tree carved sculptures after bushfire

Scorched tree carved sculptures at Bruno’s garden




Bruno Torfs large hand sculpture fountain

Large hand sculpture water fountain – Bruno Torfs



Aftermathll- Bruno Torf with surviving art from bushfire

Bruno Torfs holding a painting that avoided destruction




Forest Flute player at Bruno Torfs gardens

Forest Flutist sculpture




Robed female sculptures – Bruno’s Garden




brunos_sculptures_Gum tree elemental figure

Bush forest gumtree elemental sculpture



Bruno-Torfs,-sculpture-garden Sculpture of a woman coiled in a snake

Coiled snake woman sculpture





Sculpture on a bed of moss – Bruno’s art and sculpture garden




Bruno-Torfs-sculpture bearded Sadhu sculpture

Bearded mystic sculpture




Sculpture of a bearded man beneath a Gumtree meditating

Bush meditation sculpture against a gum-tree trunk




Sculpture-Garden-Bruno-Torfs - Girl playing with wombat sculpture

Sculpture of girl with forest wombat



Sculpture-Garden-Bruno-Torfs Boy in forest with owls sculpture

Sculpture of a boy in the forest with owls


Sculpture-Garden-Bruno-Torfs - Bush forest minstrel sitting on a tree stump

Forest minstrel on a tree stump sculpture



Mermaid sculpture in a mountain stream

Mermaid sculpture in a mountain stream


Garden sculpture of a seated man with a crow

Talking to a crow – Bruno’s Garden


Wood_Sculptures of Aboriginal with didjeiradoo

Sculpture of an Australian Aboriginal with Didgeridoo



The forests of the above 2 gardens are home to the remarkable Lyrebird, capable of a diverse range of bird calls and mimicry