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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.

 

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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

 

 

 

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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-vessel

Donve Branch – ovoid pit fired vessel

 

 

Tall-Waisted-Bottle-Donve-Branch

Tall ceramic bottles – Donve Branch

Afrikana Gallery

 

 

Donve-Branch-horsehair-globular-pot

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

Donve Branch ceramic bowl

 

 

 

Charmaine Haines

 

Charmaine-Haines-ceramic-wall-fountain

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

 

Agapanthus-Lisa-Liebermann - ceramic vase

Lisa Liebermann – hand painted ceramic vase

Agapanthus

 

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-a-Wenford-Bridge-Chalice-Height-17cm

Michael Cardew – ceramic chalice

 

 

 

ceramic headrest Imiso ceramics

Ceramic headrest – Imiso Ceramics

 

 

Imiso-Ceramics---Hand-Pinched-walford1-white-clay-hand-pinched-bowl

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 

 

 

--Ardmore-Buck-teapot

Ardmore Buck teapot

 

 

Ardmore-Ceramic-Art----Buy----Ardmore-Dish

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-maml-wata-vase

Lucinda Mudge Mami Wata vase

 

 

 

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

Lucinda Mudge — ‘Bigger Better Faster Cooler’, vase

 

 

 

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Honey bees vase – Lucinda Mudge

finarts.co

 

 

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

Lucinda Mudge – You Had It Coming You Know

 

 

 

After-Cazeaux-I-ceramic-Lucinda-Mudge-h-54-cm

‘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

Gallery88

 

 

Thijs-Nel-sculptural-ceramic vase

Thijs Ne sculptural ceramic vase

Gallery 88

 

Sculpture,-koning-en-koningin-King-and-Queen

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

 

 

Thijs Nel, ZA

 

 

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

Large ceramic sculpture mask  – Thijs Nel

2016

 

'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

Gallery88

 

 

lucky-madlo-sibiya-calabash ceramic sgraffito vessel

Lucky Madlo Sibiya calabash sgraffito vessel

 

 

lucky-madlo-sibiya-ceramic-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

 

 

 

Agapanthus-Johannes-Scott red bowl

Johannes Scott bowl

Agapanthus

 

 

Martin Haines  —  ‘Willow Tree Cat’

 

 

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

Martin Haines ceramic hare figurine

Agapanthus

 

 

Ralph-Johnson-stoneware-bowl

Ralph Johnson stoneware bowl

 

 

Red Porcelain-bowl-Ralph-Johnson

Porcelain bowl Ralph Johnson

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

‘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

1935

 

 

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-hollywood-actress

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

 

 

 

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 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,

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-hollywood-actress

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

1930

 

 

 

Claudette-Colbert in harlequin costume

Claudette Colbert

 

 

 

Claudette-Colbert on a throne as Celopatra

Cleopatra – Claudette Colbert

 

 

 

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 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’

1930

 

 

 

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’

1935

 

 

 

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’

Russia 1924

 

 

 

Art-Deco-bronze-and-ivory-figure-by-J-Ulrich

Art Deco bronze and ivory figure – J Ulrich

 

 

 

Lois-Moran-1939

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,

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

 

 

 

Raymond-Léon-Rivoire-Women-with-Hound-1920

Raymond Léon Rivoire – ‘Women with Hound’

France, 1920

 

 

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-with-Laurel-&-Hardy

‘Night Owls’ – Laurel & Hardy

1930

 

 

 

Norma-Shearer-in-The-Divorcèe

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

1930

 

 

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’

1928

 

 

Pâte de Verre, Figure designed by Marcel Bouraine

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

c.1920

 

 

 

Jean-Harlow-in-'Platinum-Blonde'-1931

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

1931

 

Speed_-_Harriet_Frishmuth art deco figure sculpture

‘Speed’ – Harriet Frishmuth

 

 

 

art deco movie The Hatchet Man

‘The Hatchet Man’

1932

 

The_Sign_of_Cross

‘The Sign of Cross’ – Cecil B DeMille

1932

 

 

 

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

Hungry

 

 

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

1959

 

 

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,

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-Chicken-Rooster

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

 

 

Ballet-Russes---Tatiana-Ryaboushinskaya-as-Golden-Cockerel-in-1938

 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

Vallauris

 

 

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

Art.com

 

 

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

France

 

Georges-Jouve-Sculpture,-1952 - abstract rooster

Black abstract rooster – Georges Jouve Sculpture

1952

 

 

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’

2014

 

 

Jay-Strongwater-13inch-Peacock-clock

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

 

lisa_fonssagrives

Irving Penn photograph of Lisa Fonssagrives

 

 

Minton-ceramic-peacock

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

 

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Phoenix sculpture at Saint Pauls

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

speel.me.uk

 

 

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

ASHLEY JOHN GALLERY-Pam Beach Fl

 

 

 

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

Rooster bottle – Polia Pillin

 

 

 

Qing-Dynasty-Green-Glaze-Peacock-bottle

Qing Dynasty Green Glaze Peacock bottle

 

 

 

Raku-Chicken

Raku Chicken – -Hippopottermiss@deviantART

 

 

 

Royal-Haeger-American-Art-Pottery-Oxblood-Rooste

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

 

 

Vtg-Red-Ceramic-Peacock

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-Museum-of-Fine-Arts,-Boston-She-Devil---Photo-by-Lee-Fatherree

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

-1991-

 

 

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

 

 

 

Crete-Athens-workshop

Click image to expand

 

“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

 

 

Robert-Bricker---This-vase-is-from-an-exhibition-called-“Deep-In-Shallow-Thoughts'’

‘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’

2011

 

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

 

 

Laura-Jean-McLaughlin---Joy-Ride

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

 

 

Glass-Vase-by-Lea-Bartneck

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-sculpture

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

Alfajar

 

 

Marni-Gable

Marni Gable

 
 
 
 
 

 

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Clays enlightened – contemporary, quirky, surreal

 

 

Watching the watcher

 

Liesbeth-Rutten-in-Vertrouwen Dutch public sculpture

Liesbeth Rutten

Vertrouwen, NL

 

A collection of innovative ceramics for aficionados of the audacious, quirky and original arts. On display are expressive figures indulging in varying degrees of scrutiny and perception, from the self absorbed to the inquisitive, contemplative and incisive, 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.

 

 

 

 

Goldscheider-Vienna-Woman's-Head,-Rudolf-Knörlein-1930

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

 

 

 

2a-hootkin-collection-ann-Agee

Ann Agee, porcelain ‘Tulip Vase’

1994

 

 

odell---Di-Pasquale-Connecticut---Connecticut-overlooking-the-James-River-tidal-basin,-2010,-the-Historic-Lucky-Strike-building=-

Paul Di Pasquale Jimmy Dean sculpture

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

2010

 

 

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

Large Sitting Fox – Gin Durham

photo Paul Wilkinson

 

 

Galina-Bulganin-ceramic-figurine

Galina Bulganin

 

 

 

Fons-Bemelmans--Art-Gallery-De-Twee-Pauwen-----The-Hague

‘Horta’ – Fons Bemelmans

 

 

1970s-Sculpture-by-Cantarel

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

1970’s

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

 

 

 

dr_strangelove_Peter-Sellers_1964_

“It’s a masterpiece”

Peter Sellers in Dr.Strangelove

 

 

Bouke-de-Vries-#ceramics-#porcelain-[war-&-pieces-(cloud),-18th,-19th,-20th-century-,-2012

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

2012

 

 

Comfort-Zone-by-Calvin-Ma

‘Comfort Zone’ by Calvin Ma

 

 

Cathy-Meincer--River-Gallery

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---christinekaiser-etsy

Christine Kaiser — ‘Bird Girl’

christinekaiser-etsy

 

 

 

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

Frances Doherty with her Blue Bells

Picture by Peter Boam

 

 

 

minoru-karamatsu-Mystery-Alley

‘Mystery Alley’ – Minoru Karamatsu – flickr

Japan

 

 

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

 

 

 

E.Krasnova-Dancing-figurines

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

 

 

 

Ceramic-whippet---Evelyn-Tannus--

Evelyn Tannus ceramic whippet

 

 

 

 

lady-and-bird---tania-babb

‘Lady and Bird’ — Tania Babb

 

 

 

Installation-of-Flappers---by-Ruth-Aizuss-Migdal

‘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

 

 

 

john-and-robin-gumaelius--

‘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

1935

 

 

 

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-Site,-Chichen-Itza,-Yucatan,-Mexico

Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza – Yucatan, Mexico

 

 

 

Mieke-van-den-Hoogen - tow female figurines

Mieke van den Hoogen

 

 

 

Mutsuo-Yanagihara porcelain sculpture

Mutsuo  Yanagihara

 

 

 

sandra-trujilloLiterary-Bust-Elvis-Figure,-Slip-Cast

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

 

 

 

Third-zen-character;-tere-natori,-naked-raku

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

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

2010

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

Deborah-Halpern---Silk-Scarf,-Art-House-Gallery--Art-Network-Australia

 

Cubist mosaic bust – Deborah Halpern

 

 

 

Valentina-Kuznetsova sculpture of a lady sitting with flowers

Valentina Kuznetsova garden sculpture

 

 

Wool-relief-panels-'Squirrel'-Master-Adjika-,-Minsk

 ‘Squirrel’  wool relief panel by Master Adjika

Minsk

 

 

 

one-end-of-the-Pickwick-Theater-lobby-a-statue-and-fountain-named-Cleo-is-attributed-to-Ruth-Blackwell-of-the-Iannelli-studio

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

Pickwick Theater lobby

 

 

Oskar-Schlemmer,-Triadisches-Ballett-(Triadic-Ballet),-1922

‘Triadisches Ballett’ (Triadic Ballet) – Oskar Schlemmer

1922

 

Sheikh-Abu-Bakar-with-the-walls-of-the-old-fort-of-Purana-Kila-in-the-background

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

2009

 

 

 

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’

Slatermodelmaker-etsy

 

 

 

Modern-sculpture-by-Jmenez-Deredia-outside-the-Coloseum-

Jimenez Deredia

 

 

 

Andrew-Costa- abstract clay figure

Untitled Assemblage – Andrew Casto

2011

 

 

 

a.blogui9-'Directions'-'THE-LOW'-Stoneware,-H-~-30cm

‘The Low’ – Jo Ilona

 

 

 

Angel-de-Ayrinhac-by-dario

‘The Angel’ –  Numa Ayrinhac

Cementerio de Pigue.

 

 

'Black-Eye'-Paul-Pasquale-raku-on-canvas-with-raw-cotton

‘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

‘Maidens in Contemplation’, signed Green

late 20th century

 

 
 
 

 

 

NEXT POST – Interior Design deliberations

 

Papua New Guinea exotic arts

 

Sculptures, pottery and arts of PNG

 

Abelam-Janus-Figure,-Kalabu-Village,-New-Guinea-Art,-Oceanic-Art

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.

 

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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.

 

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 Asmat Shield, Unir (Lorenz) River, Irian Jaya

Sotheby’s

 

 

Along-the-banks-of-the-Sepik-River-in-Papua-New-Guinea,-women-in-Aibom-Village-craft-elaborately-modeled,-decorated-pots-called-Damarau

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

Papua New Guinea

 

 

Because-the-islands-are-coral-atolls,-anything-made-from-stone-is-considered-rare-and-valuable

Polished stone wedding gift – Trobriand Islands

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

 

 

 

Ceramics-of-Papua-New-Guinea--Cooking-pot(gun),-Bosman-peoples,-Ramu-River,-Madang-Province,-Papua-New-Guinea,--Unglazed-earthenware

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

 

 

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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-comes-from-the-Keram-River-area-of-Papua-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

 

 

 

cooking-vessel-or-kamana-from-the-sawos-people-eas-Tribale-kunst-Melanesië

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

Papua New Guinea

 

 

 

Dance-Head-Dress-LACMA-Papua-New-Guinea,-New-Britain,-Sulka-People,-circa-1880

Figural Head Dress – New Britain, Sulka People

circa 1880, Papua New Guinea

LACMA

 

 

 

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

Crocodile cult dancers – Yentchen  Sepik

 

 

 

 

Damarau-or-Sago-Storage-Vessel---

Damarau sago strorage vessel

 

 

 

Hulis-tribe-girls-in-Mount-Hagen-festival-singsing

Hulis tribe girls at Mount Hagen festival ‘sing sing’

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

Michael-Hamson-Oceanic-Art--madang-Province-clay-pot-early-20th-century

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

 

 

Kanganaman-Village---East-Sepik-Province---Papua-New-Guinea---Rita-Willaert

 

Hand painted mask – Kanganaman Village

East Sepik Province – Papua New Guinea

Flickr – Rita Willaert

 

 

Kwams--eating-bowl-from-Naimi--Papua-new-guinea----Flickr--Ant-Ware

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,-Gulf-of-Papua

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

Musée Barbier-Mueller

 

 

Large-Iatmul-Papua-New-Guinea-Ceramic-Sago-Pot

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.

 

 

 

Arts-de-Nouvelle-Guinée---Les-Musées-Barbier-Mueller

Red Mask

Murik Watam, PNG, Sepik Province

The Barbier Mueller Museum

 

 

 

Michael-Hamson-Oceanic-Art-Abelam-clay-pot-with-spirit-face-mid-20th-century

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

 

 

 

National-Gallery-Australia-Korewori-Caves-region-Hunter's-helper-figure-[aripa]

‘Aripa’ – Hunter’s helper figure

Korewori Caves region, PNG

National Gallery Australia

 

 

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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.

Ngtt.com.au

 

 

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

 

 

 

Oceanic-carved-wooden-canoe-splashboard,-Trobriand-Islands,-Kiriwina-Island,-Eastern-New-Guinea

Carved canoe splashboard, Trobriand Islands, PNG

 

 

 

Oceanic-clay-fish-smoking-pot,-Dimeri-Village,-Lower-Sepik-River,-New-Guinea,

Fish smoking clay pot, Dimeri Village

Lower Sepik River, New Guinea,

 

 

 

Old-Papaua-New-Guinea-female-spirit-figure

Female spirit figure sculpture

 

 

 

OLD-YAM-SPIRIT-POTTERY-FACE-WASHKUK-REGION-PAPUA-NEW-GUINEA

Yam Spirit pottery head- Washuk Region

Papua New Guinea

 

 

 

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

Huli wigmen

 

 

 

Online-gallery---Rondon-Ridge---7100-feet-above-sea-level-Melpa-tribes

Wood carved female statue –  Melpa tribe

Rondon Ridge, PNG

 

 

 

Huli-tribe---Ambua-Lodge-

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

 

 

 

Palambei-Village---East-Sepik-Province---Papua-New-Guinea

Tribal masks – Palambei Village -East Sepik Province

Papua New Guinea

 

 

Papua-New-Guinea

Bowl with incised decoration – Papua New Guinea

 

 

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

Incised decorative face pot – PNG

 

 

 

Photographed-by-Rev-Harry-Moore-Dauncey-in-Purari-Delta,Gulf-of-Papua)-19thC(late)-British-Museum

 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-art---Papua-New-Guinea---Rita-Willaert-flickr

Sepik River mask

Rita Willaert

 

 

 

Solomon_Islands_ChristianRare-Christian-Altar-Cross-Inlaid-with-Pearl-Shell-

Pearl shell inlay altar cross

 

 

 

 

Spectral-gallery-of-spirit-faces-peers-from-the-upper-facades-of-haus-tambarans-in-the-Maprik-area-stoneage-cathederals

Haus tambarans facade

 

 

Spirit-Board,-Gope-Ethnic-District,-Gulf-of-Papua

Spirit Board, Gope Ethnic District

Papua New Guinea

 

STREET-ART-by-DALE-GRIMSHAW---Flickr---Photo-Sharing-Indigenous-Person-of-Papua-New-Guinea-featured-in-Dale-Grimshaw-work-on-Hanbury-Street

London wall mural – Indigenous Person of Papua New Guinea

Dale Grimshaw

 

 

Tami-Islands,--Huon-Gulf,-Papua-New-Guinea-Fe-Moran-Oakes-Tribal-feast-Bowl-length-22-inches

Tribal feast Bowl –  Tami Islands

Huon Gulf, Papua New Guinea – length 22 inches

 

 

 

Polychrome-bowls-from-the-Sawos-people-in-East-Sepik-Province,-dating-to-the-third-quarter-of-the-20th-Century

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

 

 

Tribal-masks-are-from-Lou-Island-in-the-Admiralty-Island-Group-of-Papua-New-Guinea

Lou Island tribal mask –  Admiralty Islands, PNG

 

 

Trobriand-Island-dance-shield-kai-diba--

Trobriand Island dance shield kai-diba

 

 

 

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

 

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

Titjarritjarra (Willy Wagtail Dreaming)’ — Anita Ratara

22cm height

 

 

Hayley-Coulthard-Panangka-Western-Aranda-artists-of-Ntaria---Palm-Valley

“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

 

 

 

Judith-Pungkarta-Inkamala

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

 

 

Aboriginal-Art-Teal-Pottery-Vase-Goanna--Pottery-Ceramic-Vase-hand-painted-by-local-Gold-Coast-Aboriginal-Artist-Tammy-Kealy-Kiralaa

Goanna vase – Aboriginal artist Tammy Kealy Kiralaa

 

 

 

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

Hand carved Koala’s ornament – Artesania Rinconada

Uruguay

 

 

 

Three-Bottles-Bottle.-Thrown-porcelain,-black-underglaze,-terra-sigillata,-sgraffito,-clear-glaze,-overglaze-decals

‘Banksia Grevillea Bell Vase’ – Janet De Boos.

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

 

 

 

 

VINTAGE-MEMPHIS-PERIOD-AUSTRALIAN-POTTERY-HUGE-JUG

Barrier Reef jug

 

 

Aboriginal-Vase-Orange-tatiana_lou

Aboriginal arts platypus vase

Tatiana Lou – ebay

 

 

Jane-Sabey---Studio-Potters-SA

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

 Artist?

 

 

 

Sculptures-at-The-Flower-Garden-two-convex-laser-cut-disks-1200mm-diam-are-welded-together-to

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-sculptures-corten-steel,-1m-tall-birds,-stone-plinths

Cockatoo metal sculptures – Kooper Tasmania

Height 1 metre

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

 

 

Glass--birdbath-with-two-blue--budgies---Kooper-Tasmania

Blue Budgies glass birdbath – Kooper Tasmania

 

 

 

Emu-sculpture-corten-steel,-Cooper Tasmania

Emu sculpture – Kooper Tasmania

 

 

 

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‘Land of the Budgies’ – Erica Evans

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Pelican sculptures – Kooper Tasmania

Corten-steel, 8m wing spans,

 

 

 

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Galah and Cocky vase – Anita Reay

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Kangaroo and joey  – Lisa Larson

 

 

 

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Peter Ferguson

 

 

 

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Stoneware handpainted parrot plate

 

 

 

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‘Laughing Kookaburra’ mug – Ian Bell

 

 

 

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‘Wombat’ – Ian Bell

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Kookaburra figurine – Hebb

 

 

 

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‘Tassie Devil’ – Anita Ray

 

 

 

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Salt and Pepper Owl Shakers – Kanga

 

 

 

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‘Wombat’ – Silvio Apponyi

Maroochy Botanic Gardens, QLD

 

 

 

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Koala in a ghost gumtree

 

 

 

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Quokka feeding at Rottnest Island, WA

 

 

 

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Natural rocks – Kangaroo Island

 

 

 

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Striped ‘Numbat’, Australia

 

 

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‘Mischief’ zookini sculpture – Jenny Orchard

 

 

 

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Large Lucas Daisy Ware vase

 

 

 

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‘Conference of the Birds’ charger – Barbara Swarbrick

 

 

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

1950’s

 

 

Conference-of-the-Birds vase by Barbara Swarbrick

‘Conference of the Birds’ vase by Barbara Swarbrick

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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‘Spheroid’ sculpture Kooper Tasmania

1.8 metres tall

 

 

 

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Adriana Christianson ceramic bowl

 

 

 

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Yuparli – Eunice Napangardi

 

 

 

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Clay statue merged with a tree – William Ricketts Sanctuary

 

 

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Irishman Alan Dizon in Australia – underwater seal selfie

 

 

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 Alan Dixon with smiling wallaby.

 

 

 

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Quokka selfie @ Alan Dixon

 

 

 

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

 

 

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Irishman downunder Alan Dixon meets with a white kangaroo

 

 

 

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Vintage Possum Pots plate – Bev Puckridge and Ian Winter

Sold @ Bemboka Pottery

 

 

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South Lagoons vessel with teabowl

Jeff Mincham

 

 

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‘Arrkingarra (barn owl)’ – Lindy Rontji Panangka

Terracotta and Underglazes

Photography © Tobias Titz Photography.

 

 

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A rather regal looking koala paperweight – Royal Crown Derby

 

 

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”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

 

 

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‘Wacombe the bushman and Ndhwalan the dingo’ – Thanakupi

 

 

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‘Emu Corroboree Man’ – Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

Early 1970’s

see more Australian aboriginal art here

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Possum Jug – Melrose Art Pottery

1932-42

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Large Goanna lizard sunbaking – Ben Pearse

Blue Mountains, NSW

 

 

 

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‘Bunabiri’ Australian aboriginal art plate -Westminster Fine China

 

 

 

 

Echidna ceramic sculpture Aleida-(Liddy)-Wright

Echidna ceramic sculpture Aleida (Liddy) Wright

 

 

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Endangered Spotted Tiger Quoll

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Noongar artist Laurel Nannup’s sculpture ‘First Contact’

Elizabeth Quay–Perth

 

Young Tasmanian devil joey intrigued by falling snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT POST   —  Watershed and Objective Clay Salad Day

 

Spiritual motives with ceramic arts

 

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‘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.

 

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‘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

Hawaii

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.”

 

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‘Acceptance’  – Joey Chiarello

 

 

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‘The Dawn of Compassion’  ceramic squirrel — Joey Chiarello

 

 

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‘Eternal Inspiration’  ceramic tortoise sculpture – by Joey Chiarello

 

 

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‘The Cleaner’ – Joey Chiarello

 

 

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

 

 

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‘The sound of compassion’  ceramic dragon – Joey Chiarello

 

 

Joey Chiarello ceramic sculpture of a female figure

Raku Geisha sculpture  – Joey Chiarello

 

 

 

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

 

 

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‘Good fortune Koi’ – Joey Chiarello

 

 

Anita Feng

USA

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

 

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

 

 

 

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‘Buddha Seated in Meditation’ —  Anita Feng

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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‘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

USA

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.”

 

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‘Suspended Artifact’ – William Morris, USA

1991

Wolfs

 

 

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‘Rhyton Bull’ – William Morris

 

 

Alex Bernstein

USA

 

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‘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.

 

 

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

2015, Habitat Galleries

 

 

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Alex Bernstein

 

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‘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.”

 

 

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

 

 

 

Jonathan Middlemiss

Britain

 

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‘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.”

 

 

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‘Pools of light’ – Jon Middlemiss

 

 

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 ‘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.”

 

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Kwan Yin riding a dragon wall panel – Anne Shulenberger

 

 

 

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Snake Goddess raku vase- Anne Shulenberger

 

 

 

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‘Venus’ raku ceramic panel – Anne Shulenberger

 

 

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‘Durga In Montana’ – Tricia Cline

 

 

 

Paige Bradley 

California

 

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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’?

 

 

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‘Breath’ – Paige Bradley

 

 

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‘Release’ – Paige Bradley

 

 

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‘Illumination’ – Paige Bradley

 

Ilona Jo 

 France

 

Ceramic-raku-horse by Ilona Jo

Raku Horse – Ilona Jo, Bordeaux

 

 

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Zen, Dew, Earth – Ilona Jo

 

 

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‘Happy Easter’ – Ilona Jo

 

 

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‘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

USA

“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.”

 

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George Lafayette – ‘Dream time’

 

 

 

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George Lafayette sculpture

 

 

 

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‘Dream Catcher on a boat’ – George Lafayette

 

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‘Room for Meditation’ – wall art – artist?

Hanoi Fine Arts Museum

 

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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

Japan

 

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‘Zero Trajectory’ – Kaku Hayashi

 

 

 

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‘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.

 

 

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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)

 

 

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Kegon Falls, Japan

 

 

Fujino Sachiko

Japan

“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.

 

 

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Collapse/Rebirth – Fujino Sachiko

Interconnection ’15-3

Joan B Mirviss

 

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‘Rensetsu’ – Fujino Sachiko

Stoneware with matte glaze

 

 

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Stoneware ‘Bud Casing II’
Fujino Sachiko 2011

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

 

 

 

Jinnai Sakata

Japan

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”.

 

 

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Jinnai Sakata

 

 

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‘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.”

 

 

 

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‘Zanskar of Convergence’ – Jinnai Sakata

1994

 

 

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‘Dish with incised waves’ – Jinnai Sakata

 

 

 

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‘Bunhentsubo’ – Jinnai Sakata ikebana

 

 

 

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Jinnai Sakata

 

 

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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)

 

 

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‘Chain Of Life’ bonsai sculpture – Sakata Jinnai

 

 

 

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Blue dishes – Jinnai Sakata

 

 

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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

 

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‘Madams Day Off ‘ – Ellen Kong

 

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‘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

 

 

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‘Pattern from Inner Image’ – Morihiro Wada

1985

 

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Mid Century Farsta Vase – Wilhelm Cage

Gustavsberg

 

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

 

 

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‘Dying Sun’  – Paul Katrich

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

 

 

 

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‘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

 

 

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‘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…’

 

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‘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.’

 

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‘Pod’ – turquoise volcanic glaze

 

 

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‘Blue Lichen’ Tall Bottle- Josh Herman

 

 

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‘Round Chalice—Chartreuse’ by Josh Herman

 

 

 

Avital Sheffer 

Australia

“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.”

 

 

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‘Lekitos V’ — Avital Sheffer

2015

 

 

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‘Kesher VI’  by Avital Sheffer

2015

 

 

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‘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.

 

 

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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 catherinewhite.com)

 

 

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Catherine White ikebana

 

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

 

 

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Catherine White ceramics

Nothing is more abstract than reality. – Giorgio Morandi

 

 

Thijs Nel

 

 

Thijs Nel, South Africa

 

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Folded ceramic sculpture vessel  —  Thijs Nel

 

 

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Thijs Nel  garden sculpture

 

 

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‘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

 

 

NEXT POST  —  Berlin ceramic creativities by 3

 

Egyptian Revival Art

 

The Egyptian Goddess Isis

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.

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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 )

 

 

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 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

 

 

 

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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 )

 

 

 

 

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Twin handled Egyptian Pottery – marked FG

 

 

 

 

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Longwy Vase

 

 

 

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Egyptian revival – Wedgwood Jasperware Egypt collection – canopic jar.

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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 Perfume bottle with Egyptian dancers – Rene Lalique

 

 

 

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‘The Temptation’ table lamp – Edgart Brandt and Daum

( Southebys )

 

 

Large Carltonware Egyptian Fan Vase

 Carltonware Egyptian Revival Fan Vase

( reissantiques.co.uk )

 

 

 

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

( carltonwareworld.com )

 

 

 

Art Deco Egyptian Revival

French Art Deco Egyptian revival gem-set plaque brooch

( Skinner Auctions )

 

 

 

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

( Christies.com )

 

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

( The Met, NY )

 

 

 

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Antinea by Demetre Chiparus, ca.1928.

 

 

 

Adelaide Alsop Robineau

The ” Scarab Vase ” by Adelaide Alsop Robineau

( Everson Museum )

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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Vintage 40’s red pharaoh earings

 

 

 

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 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

 

 

 

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

( Antikolga.com )

 

 

 

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Art deco statue, seated lady with fan

 

 

 

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Art Deco Egyptian Revival Cleopatra brooch

 

 

 

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Bronze Egyptian Revival Lamp Figure

1920’s

 

 

 

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 Egyptian Revival Bastet poster

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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George Jones Majolica compote

England, 1857

 

 

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 Art deco enamel compact

 

 

 

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Female Sphinx candle holder

 

 

 

 

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Pair of Ronson Egyptian Revival Bronze Bookends

Aspire auctions

 

 

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

Victorian Egyptian Revival gold Locket

1890

 

 

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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

 

 

Samburu-girls

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

 

 

 

African-woman-carrying-pot

 African beer pot

 

 

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Nigerian pottery vessel

 

 

Yellow Hornbill

Yellow Hornbill

Kruger National Park

 

 

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Chameleon Lizard

 

African Contemporary Pottery

 

 

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 Kpando Pottery

( Design Africa )

 

 

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 Kpando Pottery

( Design Africa )

 

 

Kpando Pottery

 Kpando Pottery

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Sango-Ceramics

( 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.

 

 

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 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

 

 

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

Hand Pinched vessel by Zizipho-Poswa

 Zizipho Poswa

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   Hand Pinched-walford white clay hand pinched bowl

 Zizipho Poswa

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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Bright and Pinchy by Zizipho Poswa

 

 

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Imiso Ceramics—Africasso-platter

 

 

 

Imiso Ceramics hand crafted vessel

Views From The Studio Collection by Andile Dyalvane

 

 

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Imiso Ceramics slip casting

 

 

Cape Town Imiso Ceramics Stoneware coiled vase

Imiso Ceramics  Stoneware coiled vase

Andile Dyalvane

 

 

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Africasso Conical Vase  – Majolandile Dyalvane

 

 

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African ceramic head rest – Majolandile Dyalvane

 

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Africasso Earthenware vessel – Majolandile Dyalvane

Imiso Ceramics

 

 

Once Of Scarrified Matrix Vase Majolandile Dyalvane

Once Of Scarified Matrix Vase  – Majolandile Dyalvane

 

 

 

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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

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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.

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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

2011

 

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Henry Bomboka – 2011

 

 

 

Ethiopian church art Tana lake - North Ethiopia © Johan Gerrits

Priest leaving the church at Tana lake – North Ethiopia

 © Johan Gerrits

 

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Statue – Baoulé Bloblo Bian

 

 

 

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African vessel – Magdalene Odundo

 

 

 

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Lidded African pots – Tony Bukenya

2011

 

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Alex Kyakuwa

 

 

 

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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’

1880

 

 

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

1810

     

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.

‘Compassion’

 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.
1923

 

 

John-William-Waterhouse women adding water for bathing

John William Waterhouse – ‘The Danaides’

1906

 

 

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The princess, the dragon and the frog  – Fran Recacha

www.franrecacha.com

 

'UNstill-LIFE'---Joyce-Lieberman

‘UNstill Life’ – Joyce Lieberman

 

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

John William Waterhouse – Flora (white dress)

1890

 

 

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

 ‘Tulips in the City’ – Alex Khomsky

2007

 

 

 

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

1913

 

Jean Dupas painting of Aquarius the water bearer

Jean Dupas – ‘Aquarius the water bearer’

 

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

KPM Porcelain plaque – Friedrich Thumann

 

Leon-Wyczólkowski potted flowers

Leon Wyczólkowsk

 

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‘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

Sothebys

 

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’

1913

 

 

Odilon-Redon FLOWERS IN ORANGE VASE PAINTING

Odilon Redon

 

 

Abstract still life - Picasso

Pablo Picasso

 

 

Wildflowers-in-a-Long-Neck-Vase-Odilon-Redon

‘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

Vase with flowers, Pablo Picasso

1943

 

 

Bouquet-of-Wild-Flowers,Odilon-Redon

‘Bouquet of Wild Flowers’, Odilon Redon

1900

 

 

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 : http://www.lagreeneceramics.co.uk/ )

 

 

 

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 – http://www.artfulceramics.com

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 – http://www.sculpturelounge.com/ )

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 – http://www.hand-built-pottery.co.uk/ )

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 http://www.northern-potters.co.uk

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 –   http://www.anitareay.com )

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 – http://www.sculpturelounge.com/ )

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 – http://www.studio2-ceramics.co.uk/ )

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 – http://www.northern-potters.co.uk )

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

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 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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