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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



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 collective of the VeniceClayArtists 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, the inspiration came 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 connection. 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 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




Aqua by Serax ceramic sets

‘Calming ceramic vessels – greens, white, black’



Shinobu-Hashimoto-chopstick-ceramic rests

Shinobu Hashimoto chopstick ceramic rests with speckled iron



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’



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

‘Deap Teal’, by elephant ceramics



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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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

Bernstein Glass


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

Cockerel ceramic sculpture — Joe Lawrence




Jean Lucrat stylized rooster ceramic tile

Jean Lucrat ceramic 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 – 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



NEXT POST  —  Rooster, peacock, phoenix – new dawn rising


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, 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 and forever stretching the boundaries and teasing the parameters of reality. Conveying a captivating conclusion from following an adventurous spirit of creativity and independence, on occasions 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





“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



Eduardo-Andaluz abstract sculpture

Eduardo Andaluz




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








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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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Egyptian Revival Art


The Egyptian Goddess Isis statue

The Egyptian Goddess Isis – 1st century AD

Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry



Evolution of Egyptian Revival :


The Roman rule of Egypt from 30 BC to 395 AD led to Roman decorations incorporating Egyptian motifs and an increased interest in the Egyptian culture. During the Italian Renaissance “Egyptomania” resurfaced again when ancient Roman artifacts reflecting an interest in Egyptian culture along with actual Egyptian artifacts were discovered and exhibited and elements of Egyptian art were used by Italian artists. Travellers took theses Egyptian themed designs back to other parts of Europe in the 18th century.

Napoleon’s Egyptian occupation in 1798 lifted exposure of Egyptian art in the West after he assembled a contingent of over 500 scholars including biologists, archeologists, historians, artists and scientists, who were employed to catalogue their sights and new discoveries in Egypt. This was considered as an indication of Napoleon’s devotion to the principles of the Enlightenment. The results of their labours appeared in the monumental 20-volume Description del’ Égypt, completed in 1828, and in the course of their research Egyptology was born.
The British confiscated most of the French collection of Egyptian artifacts after the defeat of the French in Egypt in 1802 and most ended up in the British Museum. However the grandiose scale of Napoleons research project and their discoveries in Egypt gave rise to an increased fascination with the ancient Egyptian culture.

Egyptian statuette standing woman

Statuette of a standing woman with crossed arms Naqada III– early Dynasty 1 (ca. 3300– 3000 BC)

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford,


The mysteries of Egypt also captured the imagination of many artisans and designers and its influence filtered through to architecture, furniture, ceramics and  jewellery where Egyptian symbols like obelisks, hieroglyphs, scarabs, pyramids and the sphinx appeared in numerous designs. Organic and plant forms such as lotus flowers and papyrus reeds appeared in the geometric decorative patterns.
Monumental Egyptian-inspired sculptures were erected throughout Paris in the ten years after Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt..The literal translations of ancient Egyptian art eventually merged into other styles such as Art Deco, in the 1920‘s, and Egyptian motifs would become an integral part of the language of Art Deco, a style that dominated the decorative arts until the late 30‘s. The discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 also fed the public imagination and desire for Egyptian art.

Architecturally, the Egyptian Revival style attempted to recreate the appearance of Egyptian temples, especially with the use of massive columns and details referring to ancient Egyptian symbols—the phoenix, the sphinx, and the vulture and sun disk.





Charles Catteau Art Deco vase

Charles Catteau Art Deco vase





 20th c. Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Table

 20th c. Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Table

( 1st Dibs – Newel, NY )



Egyptian-revival-statue art nouveau - Hotel-bouctot-vagniez-amiens

 Art Nouveau Egyptian revival statue – Hôtel Bouctot-Vagniez, Amiens




Tomb of Nebamun Fragment

Wall  painting fragment from the Tomb of Nebamun

( British Museum )





 Egyptian Revival Scarab Buckle

Piel Freres  – Egyptian Revival Scarab Buckle

Belle Epoque Period





Brown-Westhead, Moore & Co. majolica Egyptian Revival garden seat.




Large 19th century Egyptian Charger

Large 19th century Egyptian Charger





Porcelain Egyptian revival plaque

Continental porcelain Egyptian revival plaque in a giltwood decorated frame – 1880

( 1stDibs )





FG-mark-Twin handled Egyptian Pottery

Twin handled Egyptian Pottery – marked FG





Longwy France

Longwy Vase




Egyptian revival---Wedgewood

Egyptian revival – Wedgwood Jasperware Egypt collection – canopic jar.




Egyptian Revival painted statue

Egyptian revival statue




Egyptian Revival Marble,clock

Egyptian Revival marble, slate, and bronze-mounted mantel Temple Clock



Egyptian Revival enamelled pendant

Egyptian Revival enamelled pendant





Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Egyptian Museum, Cairo




Egyptian dancers Rene Lalique

 Perfume bottle with Egyptian dancers – Rene Lalique





‘The Temptation’ table lamp – Edgart Brandt and Daum

( Southebys )



Large Carltonware Egyptian Fan Vase

 Carltonware Egyptian Revival Fan Vase

( )




Design Toscano Wings of Isis clock

Wings of Isis clock – Toscano



CZECH Amphora Egyptian Revival vase

Amphora Egyptian Revival vase




Chiparus Egyptian Dancer

Demetre Chiparus – Egyptian Dancer





Bastet, the Cat Goddess

Bastet, the Cat Goddess




Austria,late 19th-century Egyptian Revival vase

Austria,late 19th-century Egyptian Revival vase





Art Nouveau Scarab and Papyrus

Art Nouveau Scarab and Papyrus brooch




Art Deco Urn Vase Egyptian

Art Deco Egyptian Urn Vase




Large Carlton Ware Art Deco vase

Large Carlton Ware Art Deco vase

( )




Art Deco Egyptian Revival

French Art Deco Egyptian revival gem-set plaque brooch

( Skinner Auctions )





Two kneeling Egyptian maidens holding chains attached to a flaring vase.- Dagoty, Paris

( )



Women at a Banquet, Tomb of Rekhmire – New Kingdom, Dynasty 18

( The Met, NY )





Antinea by Demetre Chiparus, ca.1928.




Adelaide Alsop Robineau

The ” Scarab Vase ” by Adelaide Alsop Robineau

( Everson Museum )





Carved Egytpian Revival armchair made in Egypt, circa 1925-30.




Art Deco Elevator entrance

Art Deco Egyptian Papyrus inspired elevator entrance





1950s Italian Pottery Lamps Egyptian Revival

1950s Italian Pottery Lamps Egyptian Revival style





1920s Egyptian revival scarab jewellry

1920’s Egyptian revival scarab jewellry


Valtines Ar tDeco Incense Burner

Vantines Art Deco Egyptian revival Incense Burner




Minton-Egyptian-Revival vase

Minton Egyptian Revival vase

Wedgwood Rosso Antico Egyptien revival teapot

Wedgwood Rosso Antico Egyptien revival teapot

Antique Centrepiece Egyptian Revival Art Deco

Antique Centrepiece Egyptian Revival Art Deco- Czechoslovakia





Vintage 40’s red pharaoh earings





 Early 19th century Coalport Porcelain Classical Urn or Vase with Egyptian Hieroglyphics, 1810

( RubyLane )




Sarreguemines French vase

Sarreguemines French ceramic vase




French Porcelain Egyptian Revival box

 Late 19th c. French Porcelain Egyptian Revival Lidded Box



Nippon Egyptian revival dish

Nippon Egyptian revival dish





An antique French Egyptian revival mantel clock set with Sphinx’s and Griffon’s.

( )





Art deco statue, seated lady with fan





Art Deco Egyptian Revival Cleopatra brooch





Bronze Egyptian Revival Lamp Figure





red Egyptian-Revival-poster with image of Bastet

 Egyptian Revival Bastet poster





Egyptian Revival black marble and bronze case clock with surrounding Roman relief on animal paw feet, Egyptian figure of nude woman leaning on Sphinx. Works signed Japy LeMaire, Paris





George Jones Majolica compote

England, 1857



Green and gold art-deco-enamel-compact

 Art deco enamel compact





Female Sphinx candle holder






Pair of Ronson Egyptian Revival Bronze Bookends

Aspire auctions



Victorian-Egyptian-Revival-gold Locket---1890 with pharaoh face

Victorian Egyptian Revival gold Locket




Pair-of-French-gilt-and-patinated-Egytpian-styled-candle stands

Pair of French gilt and-patinated Egytpian style candle holders


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African Pottery Arts – traditional, contemporary


African Traditional Pottery

Algerian water vessel


African  Water vessel. A ceramic jar which is  worn by women on their backs to fetch water from wells and springs and then to store it in their homes.

Ouadhias culture. Great Kabylia, Algeria



Vessel Azande Africa, Angola

Azande Vessel –   Africa, Angola



Vessel Nupe, Africa,Nigeria

Nupe Vessel – Africa,Nigeria



Water jug from the jerma tribe

Water jug from the Jerma tribe – Niger




Two Samburu girls dressed in her traditional beaded necklaces and headress at a dance. Ol Malo, Laikipia, Kenya





 African beer pot




Nigerian pottery vessel



Yellow Hornbill

Yellow Hornbill

Kruger National Park




Chameleon Lizard


African Contemporary Pottery



design africa Kpando Pottery

 Kpando Pottery

( Design Africa )




 Kpando Pottery

( Design Africa )



Kpando Pottery

 Kpando Pottery



( design-africa )

Louise Gelderblom vessel

Louise Gelderblom carved vessel

( South Africa )



photo by Eric Lafforgue - Erbore Girl

Eric Lafforgue –  Erbore Girl



 Imiso Ceramics :  

Imiso is driven by the vision of becoming an exclusive design house that reflects the richness of African cultures and traditions. The company was established in 2005 and is currently owned by Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane who collectively bring over 15 years  of experience in creative design and manufacturing. Their first studio and gallery space is currently located at The Old Biscuit Mill, which is situated at the Woodstock precinct of Cape Town. Imiso employs a team of highly skilled artists who contribute to their production of highly distinctive ceramics designs.




 Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane



 Africasso Collection 

Picasso was inspired by Africa and Andile was inspired by Picasso and he has created a collection of ceramic bowls that reflect an abstract sympathy with this style. His pieces dispaly a myriad of visual African stories.



Africasso- Earthernware abstract pottery vase

 Imiso Ceramics   Africasso- Earthenware slip casted Vuyo vase

Africasso-Stoneware sculptural vessel

   Africasso Stoneware coiled vase ; self portrait

Africasso Stoneware vessel

  Africasso – Abstract Stoneware coiled vase; Majola

African abstract tall contemporary vase

Africasso tall vase

Africasso stoneware vessel

Africasso Stoneware vessel

Cubist Africasso showstopper vase

Africasso ‘showstopper’ vase


Hand Pinched Collection

Like a pianist that sorts to unleash magical creativity through her fingers, Zizipho Poswa has created a beautiful, eclectic mix of delicate hand pinched ceramic bowls and platter sets.

Hand-Pinched vessel

Imiso Ceramics   Hand Pinched-walford white clay-oblong bowl

 Zizipho Poswa



 Zizipho Poswa Hand Pinched bowl

  Hand Pinched-walford1 white clay hand pinched bowl

 Zizipho Poswa



Hand-Pinched-set by Zizipho Poswa

    Hand Pinched-walford white hand pinched 3pc set – Zizipho Poswa

Hand Pinched vessel by Zizipho-Poswa

 Zizipho Poswa


   Hand Pinched-walford white clay hand pinched bowl

 Zizipho Poswa




Majolandile-Dyalvane-Imiso-ceramics-Pinch Bowl Set

Pinch Bowl Set – Majolandile Dyalvane



More African contemporary ceramics –



Earthenware slip cast vase

Earthenware slip cast vase –  Zizipho Poswa



Stoneware-coiled-vase Andile Dyalvane


 Stoneware coiled vase; Red & gold scarified pattern; matrix bottom half-Udu-Vase

Andile Dyalvane




Imiso Ceramics- Stoneware coiled vase; scarified bulb shape by Andile Dyalvane

 Stoneware coiled vase; scarified bulb shape

Andile Dyalvane

The Scarified Collection is inspired by the ancient African tradition of body scarification. Scarification is an ancient practice used to protect individuals  against various spiritual and physical manifestations. Designed by Andile Dyalvane, the scarified pottery pieces are intended to carry a spiritual message that will resonate with the ambience of the interiors they are destined for.



Imiso-Ceramics studio




Zizipho Poswa-Imiso-Ceramics

Bright and Pinchy by Zizipho Poswa




Imiso Ceramics—Africasso-platter




Imiso Ceramics hand crafted vessel

Views From The Studio Collection by Andile Dyalvane




Imiso Ceramics slip casting



Cape Town Imiso Ceramics Stoneware coiled vase

Imiso Ceramics  Stoneware coiled vase

Andile Dyalvane



Africasso Conical Vase Majolandile Dyalvane Imiso ceramics

Africasso Conical Vase  – Majolandile Dyalvane



Ceramic-Head-Rest - Majolandile Dyalvane

African ceramic head rest – Majolandile Dyalvane


Imiso-Ceramics--Earthenware vessel Majolandile Dyalvane

Africasso Earthenware vessel – Majolandile Dyalvane

Imiso Ceramics



Once Of Scarrified Matrix Vase Majolandile Dyalvane

Once Of Scarified Matrix Vase  – Majolandile Dyalvane




Once-off-Vase-imiso - Majolandile Dyalvane

Once of vase  –  Majolandile Dyalvane

Imiso Ceramics

Imiso Ceramics site here




More African Traditional Pottery


Nigeria pottery William Itter collection

Nigerian pottery water jar – William Itter collection




Nigeria William Itter Collection

Nigerian Pottery Vessel – William Itter Collection

Jar. Calabar. Nigeria

Jar. Calabar. Nigeria

Ladi Kwali sgraffito pot

Ladi Kwali – sgraffito vessel

Pottery vessel by Ladi-Kwali-(Nigerian)

African Water Pot with sgraffito detail. – Ladi Kwali-(Nigerian)

Ladi Kwali a large Water Jar

Ladi Kwali – large Water Jar

PUNU MASK,-Gabon, Africa

African Punu Mask , Gabon

Chidi Okoye-beauty mask

Beauty Mask – Chidi Okoye

African Global vessel

Carved global vessel with everted rim from the Igbo people of Nigeria

Carved Mother and Child Bowl - Africa

Mother and Child Bowl, late 1800s Yoruba Peoples, Nigeria.


Water Jar. Kabyle peoples, Algeria –  19th century.  Ceramic with red and black pigments.  To this day, Kabyle women coil and decorate pottery with beautiful, geometric designs for their own household use and for sale


HAGENAUER-Karl-1898-1956 African girl sculpture

Karl  HAGENAUER (1898 – 1956)

“Africa in the jar”

( Million & Associes )




Mudsgum earth home

A Mudsgum earth home




Pokot girl with giant necklace - Kenya

Pokot girl with giant necklace – Kenya

( Eric Lafforgue – flickr )



Nigerian incised surface vessel

Nigerian vessel with incised surface




African pot - Bomboka-Henry,-2011

African pottery – Henry Bomboka




Henry Bomboka – 2011




Ethiopian church art Tana lake - North Ethiopia © Johan Gerrits

Priest leaving the church at Tana lake – North Ethiopia

 © Johan Gerrits



Statue – Baoulé Bloblo Bian





African vessel – Magdalene Odundo




Bukenya-Tony,-2011 Two lidded african vessels

Lidded African pots – Tony Bukenya




Alex Kyakuwa





Wall art of a Nguni woman – FALKO 2011

flickr – falko splitpiece


Start-–-A-Journal of Arts and Culture in East Africa

Raku pot from East Africa


See another post on African Art here – African Arts Odyssey



Art, paintings and pottery


Nearly all of the the great masters in art have used pottery images in their works, from Monet to Van Gough to Cezanne. Its been a consistent feature in their still life paintings, especially where flowers are involved. The innately beautiful colours of flowers and the rich colours in pottery glazes usually provide vivid subject matter.

Most art classes usually fit in a session or two where you are confronted with flowers in a vase. It has also served as a great historical reference for the evolution of pottery through the ages. Throughout the history of art many painters have also discovered the pleasure of working with clay. These have included several eminent artists from the past including Picasso, Vlaminck, Gauguin, Matisse, Authur Boyd and Jackson Pollock. Here are some paintings featuring pottery.


lady in long gown painting a pot

Classical Artist Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema – 1871

( Manchester City Art Galleries )

young girl painting pottery

‘The Potter’s Daughter’ (19th century) – William Coleman

© Bridgeman Art Library  © Croydon Art Collection, Museum of Croydon, UK

Lady reading watched by an angel

Netherlands painter, Robert Campin –  Merode Altarpiece, oil on oak panel, 1425-28

( Met NY )

art nouveau postcard of a lady painting a pot

Art Nouveau Glamour Ladies Postcard – pottery painting – 1900



large poylchrome ceramic pots in a Mexican pottery works

Native potter of Tonala

Old Mexican Postcard  ( Photo )

Mural of a mayan woman lifting a large pot

This mural—discovered in 2004 at the Maya site of Calakmul—depicts ordinary

people in day to day life with a large pot. (  circa A.D. 620 to 700. )


seated native potters making large pots

A potter and his wife – 1830

( V & A )


Henry Balink-Pueblo Pottery native american potter with black pot

Henry Balink – Pueblo pottery



Irving Eanger painting of a Native American potter amking a pot

Eanger Irving  Couse   ” The Pottery Maker ” 1930  – Native Americana

Native American artists making pottery

Henry Francois Farny (French-born American, 1847-1916) ‘Painting Pots’




Making Pottery At Jamestown



lady seated next to huge vase of Chrysanthemum flowers

‘Woman with Chrysanthemums’ by Edgar Degas



peasant women gathering cochineal in Oaxaca

Gatherers of cochineal in Oaxaca

Part of the mural by Arturo Garcia Bust , Palace Museum, Oaxaca




John William Waterhouse – The Toilet



lady seated with a quilt pattern dress

‘Quiet Night’  – Paine Proffitt



Native American women carrying a pot on her head

Robert G Stevens



A woodcut of a potter on his pottery wheel

‘The Potter’ – Jost Amman, 1574

Bridgeman Art Library

french illustration of a pottery on a pottery wheel

‘The Potter’

An  illustration from a book on the crafts


decorators painting pottery at the Baxter ceramic studio

The Baxter ceramic studio – Thomas Baxter



Great Exhibition: French Room, 1851 by Joseph Nash

cezanne-still life painting fruit and pottery

Paul Cezanne



Old Testament story of Hagar and Ishmael cast out into the wilderness.


 Stained glass panel by Louis Comfort Tiffany, depicting the Old Testament story of Hagar and Ishmael cast out into the wilderness.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

impressionistic-painting by Van Gough flowers in a pot fruit coffee pot

Vase with flowers, coffee pot and fruit – Van Gough



white statue of a nymph in a pond‘Pond Nymph’ – Anne Manual


daffodils in a vase

‘Sea of Daffodils’ – Mary Jones

  Charlotte Posner  Oil  Painting  ” Pots “

( Saatchi Online Artist )


Ceramic tile featuring Asian girl in a red dress touching a cat with her toe

Tang San Cai, also called Tricolor Glazed Pottery and a gem of ancient Chinese art, is a kind of handmade glazed ware of exquisite craftsmanship created in the Northern and Southern Dynasty (386-589) about 1,400 years ago

Big bunch of White Azaleas in a Pot

Claude Monet – White Azaleas in a Pot

Emma Meyer  – 1859-1921    Women decorating porcelain at Den Kgl. Porcelansfabrik Royal Copenhagen



Native American lady holding a pot

Holly Sierra


women seated at a table decorating pottery

Edwin Longsden Long     ( British  1829-1891 )  A Seville Pottery  1872

two native American girls holding pots above their heads

Holly SierraStill-life_with-pitcher-and-apples

  Still life with pitcher and apples  – Pablo Picasso

‘Isabella and the Pot of Basil’ – 1868 by William Holman Hunt

An ornamental urn, a jewellery box and jewels on a silk draped table

An ornamental urn, a jewellery box and jewels on a silk draped table – Ludwig Augustin.



John-William-Waterhouse women adding water for bathing

John William Waterhouse – ‘The Danaides’





The princess, the dragon and the frog  – Fran Recacha



‘UNstill Life’ – Joyce Lieberman


John-William-Waterhouse - a lady in white dress sitting outdoors

John William Waterhouse – Flora (white dress)




art - Alex Khomsky Tulips in the City 2007 abstract painting of red tulips in a vase

 ‘Tulips in the City’ – Alex Khomsky





Two Girls Arranging Flowers

‘Two Girls Arranging Flowers’ – Federico Zandomeneghi




Diego-Rivera,-Still-Life,-1913 ceramic jug and vessel and peaches in a bowl

‘Still Life’ – Diego Rivera



Jean Dupas painting of Aquarius the water bearer

Jean Dupas – ‘Aquarius the water bearer’



KPM-PORCELAIN-PLAQUE German artist Friedrich Thumann lady painting a pot

KPM Porcelain plaque – Friedrich Thumann


Leon-Wyczólkowski potted flowers

Leon Wyczólkowsk



‘Jeremiah and the potter’ – William Brassey Hole



The Blue Beads

Richard Emil Miller – ‘The Blue Beads’


The Chinese Statuette American Impressionist seated lady studying figurine statue

‘The Chinese Statuette’ – American Impressionist Richard Emil Miller



The-Housmaid, - maid cleaning

William McGregor Paxton – ‘The Housemaid’




jean-discart---potter wearing a turban working in studio in Tangiers

‘The Pottery Studio, Tangiers’ – Jean Discart



Vanessa by James Denmark

‘Vanessa’ by James Denmark

judy-drew painting of floral jug, bowl of orange fruit, fan and red flowers

Judy Drew

 Matisse - vase with iris

Henri Matisse – Vase with iris

Ferenc Tulok

Ferenc Tulok



Csaba--Perlrott-William-abstract painting

William Csaba-Perlrott – ‘There are Lions’


Carolyn-Harrington still life painting - blue iris

‘Iris’ – Carolyn Harrington



Diego-Rivera,-Still-Life painting

Diego Rivera, ‘Still Life’





Odilon Redon



Abstract still life - Picasso

Pablo Picasso




‘Wildflowers in a Long Neck Vase’ – Odilon Redon




 painting of a girl reading at a table , large vase of red flowers by Carl Larsson

Carl Larsson. ‘Interior’



Hans-Purrmann still life painting

Hans Purrmann



William Robinson Leigh painting of a Hopi woman carrying a pot

   ‘The Hopi Vase’ – William Robinson Leigh




Vase with flowers, Pablo Picasso





‘Bouquet of Wild Flowers’, Odilon Redon




Francesco Ballesio - 'The Pottery Sellers' - pottery merchants on the street

Francesco Ballesio – ‘The Pottery Sellers’



Karin-Michele-Anderson woman in a blue and white dress holding a pot

Watercolor by Karin Michele Anderson -‘ She Who Collects Pots’



Ceramic Animal Art


Here is a collection of a few of my favourite ceramic animal artists :


Lesley Anne Greene : 

I exhibit and sell throughout the UK and model imaginative figurative sculptures using hand building techniques. Inspiration is often drawn from an interest in the role of animals and ancient artefacts and sustained by visits to museums and sites of antiquity both at home and abroad. Other works are derived from encounters in daily life and embrace a playful humour in their expression and form. The individually made pieces vary in scale from palm size to approximately twenty seven inches tall. Fired in an electric kiln they are decorated with metallic oxides, coloured slips, underglazes gold and silver lustres.

Lesley-Anne-Greene-elephant sculpture

Lesley Anne Greene

Ceramic Elephants Lesley-Anne-Greene

 ( website : )




Michael and Sumati Colepitts – Artful Ceramics  :

Ceramic turtle- by Artful CeramicsTurtle – Artful Ceramics

Michael is primarily self taught and has worked in a variety of study programs with other established artists in clay including Don Reitz, Toshiko Takaezu, Paulus Berensohn. At present much of his inpiration comes from oriental influences. He brings the inner qualities of silence and peace from his meditation practice to his Asian figurative work. He has traveled widely and gathered much inspiration from around the world, especially Africa and Southeast Asia. From 1975 through 1982 Michael lived in Ibiza, Spain, where, he became fascinated by the desert people of North Africa and the animals of that continent. While in Ibiza, he solidified his construction techniques of hand building and pinch and began his exploration of using clay like fabric. Sumati Colpitts is a ceramic sculptor, licensed massage therapist, and culinary gourmet cook. All her professions rely on her tactile wisdom and creativity through her hands. She has studied at the Chicago Art Institute and the Kansas City Art Institute exploring a wide range of media, but has always been drawn to the use of textures an d color. She has first worked in clay with Michael in India in 1989 and they have been working and living together in Sedona since 1997. Their interest is to capture the essence of the animal or the figure and give them an expression that makes you feel good when you look at them.

Beaver- Artful Ceramics

Michael and Sumati Colepitts – Artful Ceramics

Pelican-Artful Ceramics Michael and Sumati Colepitts

Artful Ceramics

Frog - Artful Ceramics

Artful Ceramics

Hippo - Artful Ceramics

 Their Technique:

We do not use molds or forms. Subtle variations within the piece are generated by using different natural colors. Various textures are also added for accent and to give a sense of fun and elegance.

The finished pieces are air dried for 1-2 weeks, then fired in a kiln that reaches temperatures of up to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit. The initial firing removes the water and makes the pieces strong. At this point, colored washes such as iron oxide and manganese dioxide are added to create more color and gives the pieces their final sheen and tones. The pieces are then fired a second time to 2300 degrees Farenheit, which melts the glazes and creates the beautiful patinas. The finishing process after the firing includes adding the glass eyes or wire whiskers, attaching bases and adding final touches of color to enhance each individual piece.

Snow Monkeys Artful CeramicsGarden Crane - Artful Ceramics

Artful Ceramics website –

Joanne Cooke :

From the minute I was born I have had a dog in my life (my mum’s dog was under the bed!). I love the way canines can communicate without the use of words – just the raising of an eyebrow can say so much. As I begin each sculpture, I try to imagine the dog’s emotional state and character and aim to capture that by the time it is finished. I occasionally add a clay collar or neck scarf for the more jaunty or cool characters! I create each dog individually using either earthstone crank or white hand building clay which I fire to 1230°c.  ( website – )

Ceramic Dog - Joanne Cooke

 Joanne Cooke

Ceramic Dog - Joanne Cooke

 Joanne Cooke


Lisa Larson :

Lisa Larson yellow ceramic cow

Designer –  Lisa Larson, Maker –  Gustavberg, Sweden

see the veniceclayartists post on Lisa Larson here

Sue Jenkins :

At the moment I work with a coarse textured clay fired to stoneware temperatures, suitable for use inside and out. It is decorated with slips, metal oxides and sometimes a little glaze. Having lived in the Pennines for many years I started making sheep. These were joined by more animals and birds, each one with its own quirky character. I now also make figures to complement the menagerie! Gardening being a passion, I also make planters and more one off work, based on patterns and organic shapes from nature. ( website – )

Ceramic Rabbits - Sue Jenkins

Sue Jenkins

Three Ceramic Cats - Sue JenkinsPetra LLoyd :

Petra Lloyd was born in London and studied scientific illustration at Middlesex Polytechnic. After her move to the North-East, she rediscovered her love of ceramics and started to create sculptural work and other ornamental items reflecting her love of nature, especially of birds, fish and animals. She works mostly in stoneware using a mixture of oxides and glazes which enhance the unique character of each piece of work. See more Petra LLoyd at

Petra LLoyd ceramic sculpture

Graham Glynn :

Graham Glynn cat family

Graham Glynn


Jenny Mendes :

Jenny Mendes Weiner Dog ith abstract patttern

Weiner Dog – Jenny Mendes



Anita Reay :

Sculpting clay is my passion which allows me to tap into my imagination. I am a self taught artist and have been into many forms of art since childhood and have always had the ability to draw animals and birds well. My pieces are sold in a local gallery, antique & collectable shops around Australia and worldwide via the internet. I am currently sculpting in porcelain and ceramic clay however for years I sculpted birds and animals from many mediums including air dry clay, fabric, soap and wax.

I first started using ceramic clay in 2005 and after creating a menagerie of birds and animals including owls, kookaburras, dogs and ponies I purchased my first kiln and then when I discovered my art was appealing to others I began sculpting full time.

The nature of my work lies with the whimsical and the figurative. I create original sculptures so that each collector has the only ‘one of its kind’. My sculptures may follow a theme but no two are ever identical. ( website – )

Koala and Kookaburra Vase by Anita ReayKoala Vase



Kookaburra Jug Anita Reay - Australian potteryKookaburra Jug


Brendan Hesmondhalgh :

Brendan works primarily in ceramic and creates bold animal designs that are often mounted on ceramic plinths. He uses a hand building technique that deliberately cracks the surface of the clay. By pushing out a sheet from the inside , the surface breaks as it stretches. ( website – )

Two Pelicans sculpture by Brendan Hesmondhalgh

Brendan Hesmondhalgh

Brendan Hesmondhalgh big hen ceramic sculpture

Brendan Hesmondhalgh big hen

Ardmore :- see more here

Ardmore Ceramic Art zebras

Veronica Ballan :

I have been designing and creating ceramic figures and latterly, animals for over 30 years. My inspiration is drawn from nature, using my own observations and research. In my studio at the rear of my Georgian town house I sculpt every piece individually, and after bisque firing, hand paint each sculpture with earthy natural glazes, returning them to the kiln for a second firing. I specialize in a shredded clay effect that gives the hairy animals their unique look, the most popular being the highland cattle, hares, donkeys and the dogs, which I make to commission.  ( website – )

Veronica Ballan scotty dof

Veronica Ballan

Veronica Ballan

Veronica Ballan


Victoria Leeks :

Having lived in the Far East for many years my pieces are influenced by the Asian culture. I am looking for visual harmony using simple, pure, strong forms with added surface decoration, employing symbolism, themes, motifs and narrative. Using slip cast moulds and slab building and the use of porcelain paper clay, copper wire, glass and specialist glazes I express my ideas, resulting in decorative pieces that reflect my artistic interpretation.

( website – )

Pottery birds Victoria Leeks

Victoria Leeks

Ceramic Dove Victoria LeeksCatherine Boyne :

Ceramic Pig

Sylvan Studios – Christy Crews Dunne :

As with nearly everyone else, the first thirteen years of my life made a formative impact on how I think, feel, and communicate. In my case these years were spent on a farm in rural Virginia that gave me a closeness to nature and animals that has never diminished. There were no children ‘next door’, or anywhere near, to play with so my playmates and friends were the animals that I formed a bond with and the land itself. The faces of nature were an endless fascination for me and my maternal grandmother encouraged me through her efforts to express this in an artistic fashion. I diligently applied myself to paper and modeling clay.

Christy Crews Dunne giraffe teapot

Christy Crews Dunne

Camel Teapot Sylvan Studios


Anya Stasenko/ Slava Leontiev  :- see more here

Anya Stasenko/ Slava Leontiev

Anya Stasenko/ Slava Leontiev


 Monika Leone, Canberra

” Zoya “ – Monika Leone

” Zana ”  – Monika Leone


Sharon Skelter

Sharon Skelter

Sharon Skelter


 Walter Bosse for Karlsruhe Ceramic (Austria) elephant (1956-1962). Turquoise blue majolica glaze over red brick clay.

( Mod Cats )

1950’s ceramic black cat vase

( Le Greiner )

Perky turquoise ceramic French Poodle  –  Doilet, France


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