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Fragrance atomisers, incense burners

 

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

 

Etruscan Perfume jar - goddess of love Turan

Etruscan Perfume jar – Turan goddess of love

 

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

Here is an ancient fragrance formula from Egypt

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

 

 

12th Century Korean Celadon censer

12th Century Korean Celadon censer

 

 

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

French atomizer, decorated porcelain clown playing saxophone

1920’s

 

 

 

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

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

Circa 1925-1935

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

 

 

fine-painted-ivory-snuff-bottle--dating---Qing-dynasty-(1644-1911)

Chinese snuff bottle  —  Qing dynasty

(1644-1911)

 

 

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

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

 

Czech Perfume Bottle Dancers

Cobalt blue Czech Perfume bottle with dancing couple

 

 

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

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

M.S. Rau Antique

 

 

perfume-bottle-dragon-motif

Dragon perfume bottle

 

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

 

French gold and enamel scent bottle, mid 19th century

Cleveland Museum of Art

 

 

Egyptian Hatshepsuts-Apothecary

Egyptian Hatshepsuts Apothecary

 

 

Naked lady with lamb perfume lamp

Art Deco perfume lamp

1925-1935

 

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

Art Deco Perfume Lamp – Folies Bergeres Dancer Night Light

Sheryls Art Deco

 

 

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

Galle Art Nouveau Cameo Perfume Bottle

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

Alasdair Gordon perfume bottle Rabbit in snow

Alasdair Gordon contemporary perfume bottle

 

 

White and gold ceramic Siamese perfume bottle

White and gold ceramic Siamese perfume bottle

 

 

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

Crystal Art-Deco Cubist Perfume Bottle – Live auctioneers

 

 

GERMAN.-The-singer-and-the-guitarist.-Circa-1925-1935.-Polychrome-porcelain-enameled-night-light

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

Circa 1925 1935

 

 

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

Cloisonne enamel tripod censer and cover—China, Qing dynasty

Qianlong period (1736-1795)

 

 

Scent-Bottle,-1800s-France,-19th-century-porcelain-with-gold-or-gilt-metal-mounts,

Porcelain Scent Bottle, 1800’s France

 

 

Antique Noritake Porcelain Perfume Bottle-Lustre

Art Deco Noritake Porcelain Perfume Bottle

30’s

 

Antique Sitzendorf Figural Crown Top Perfume Scent Bottle C1910

Antique Sitzendorf Figural Crown Top Perfume Scent Bottle

C1910

 

 

Ceramic Incense Holder (Moonlight White Crackle Glazed) by Shoyeido

Ceramic Incense Holder (Moonlight White Crackle Glazed) by Shoyeido

 

 

 

Art deco perfume bottle with red female figure motif

Art deco perfume bottle

 

 

Chinese Cloisonne footed Incense Burner

Chinese Cloisonne Incense Burner

 

 

Chinese Jade Incense Burner, Shape of three foo lions

Chinese Jade Incense Burner with lid

 

 

Chinese porcelain perfume bottle with lid

Chinese porcelain perfume bottle

 

 

Chinese-Snuff-Bottles-from-the-Sanctum-of-Enlightened-Respect-III

Chinese Snuff Bottle

 

 

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

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

Qing Dynasty; ca. 1750

 

 

Continental-Porcelain-Perfume-Bottle,-19th-century

Blue with gold highlights porcelain perfume bottle, 19th century

 

 

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

 Double Jaguar headed incense vessel Chorotega ceramics

San Vicente on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica

 

 

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

American Ballerina Perfume Lamp by Fulper Pottery  —  COLLETTI GALLERY Chicago

Early 20th Century

 

 

Figural Vintage Deco HATTIE CARNEGIE Gold Perfume Bottle

Figural Vintage Art Deco Hattie Carnegie Gold Perfume Bottle

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

18th-19th century

 

 

Hedi Schoop ceramic perfume night light

Hedi Schoop ceramic perfume night light

 

 

Japanese Satsuma incense vessel

Japanese Satsuma incense vessel

 

 

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

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

Edo period

 

 

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

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

 

Kangxi-Chinese-famille-verte-porcelain-rosewater-sprinkler1662-1722

Kangxi Chinese famille verte porcelain rosewater sprinkler

1662-1722

 

 

Rene Lalique Helene perfume bottle

Rene Lalique Helene perfume bottle

 

 

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

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

Czech circa 1920s

 

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

Rene Lalique perfume bottle

 

 

Le Jour Vintage Perfume Bottle Art Deco Style perfume-France

Le Jour  Art Deco Style perfume bottle – France

 

 

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

Maurice Marinot lidded glass bottle

(1925) Artsy

 

 

perfume-bottle-art-deco-style

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

 Perfumer Majda Bekkali 

 

 

Turquoise Perfume Bottle by Cache La Pottery

Turquoise Perfume Bottle by Cache La Pottery

 

 

Perfume-Bottle-Dalcrose with figural stopper

Dalcrose Perfume Bottle

 

 

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

Chinese pink coral snuff bottle

19th-20th Century

 

 

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

Iran, silver rose water bottle made of silver gilt

early 12th century

 

 

Richard Satava Art Glass Vintage Perfume Bottle

Richard Satava Art Glass Vintage Perfume Bottle

 

 

Roman Bath House Perfume Bottle by Lydia Muell

Roman Bath House Perfume Bottle by Lydia Muell

Lampwork Treasures

 

 

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

Chinese Snuff Bottle

19th-century

 

 

Orange glass snuff bottle

Chinese Orange glass snuff bottle

 

 

Pierced brass incense burner

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

MET, NY

 

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

German Art Deco Perfume Bottle

1925

 

 

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

Vintage DeVilbiss Cylinder Perfume Lamp

1920s Art Deco

 

 

Vintage Moorcroft hand painted perfume bottle

Vintage Moorcroft hand painted porcelain perfume bottle

 

 

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

Vintage frosted glass perfume bottle

 

 

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

Acob Petit style Porcelain Scent Bottle

 

 

Rene Lalique crystal Les Elfes perfume bottle

Rene Lalique crystal Les Elfes perfume bottle

 

 

Lampe veilleuse Pierrot Art Déco Limoges porcelain figure

Lampe veilleuse Pierrot Art Déco Limoges

Montières. Pot covered openwork enamelled earthenware polychrome

Montières ceramic perfume vessel

 

 

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

ROBJ. Paris. — Spanish lady perfume lamp

Circa 1925-1931

 

 

German.-Balinese Princess perfume lamp

Balinese Princess perfume lamp

 

 

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

Argilor ‘The travellers’ – Night light perfume burner

Circa. 1925-1935, Paris

Camard-&-Associés Auction House

 

 

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

Carl Nacke .  ‘The abduction of Europe’

Fraureuth porcelain factory, Kunstabrellung

 

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

ROBJ  Paris ‘The Venetian’

Circa – 1925-1931 Height-30.5cm

 

THARAUD-Camille.-Sultan-Sultane.-Circa-1930.-Forme-créée-vers-1927

Tharaud Camille. ‘Sultan’

Circa 1930

JB France.-Hindu princess porcelain figurine

Hindu princess porcelain figurine – JB France

 

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

Limoges porcelain Circa.

Paris 1925-1935

Camard-&-Associés Auction House

 

 

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

Aladdin. La France – ‘The offering’

Circa 1925-1935 Height 22.5 cm

 

 

ANONYMOUS.-Hindu-princess.-Circa-1925-1935.

Hindu princess porcelain figurine

Circa 1925-1935

 

 

Aladdin.-Heubach.-Woman-with-amphora.-Circa-1925-1935.-Polychrome-porcelain-enameled-night-light-Camard-&-AssociésAuction-House-for-fine-art-and-antiques

Aladdin. Heubach – ‘Woman with amphora’

Circa 1925-1935

 

 

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

Argilor. Paris. The sigher in front of the gate

Circa-1925-1935

 

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

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

Circa 1925 1935

Camard-&-Associés Auction House

 

 

 

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

Werkstatt Eigene. ‘Pierrot and Colombine’ perfume vapouriser

Circa 1925-1935 Fraureuth. Kunstabrellung

 

 

 

Symphony of dreaming visuals

 

 

The Arabian Nights - Maxfield Parish

‘Aucassin Seeks for Nicolette’  – Maxfield Parish

1903

 

 

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

Froggy Fiddler — Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio

 

Dreamscapes in the arts

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

‘I Dream of Fish and Flowers’ – Diana Fayt

 

 

Seven Sisters Dreaming-Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi aboriginal painting

‘Seven Sisters Dreaming’  —  Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

 

 

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

Christophe Betmalle

Galerie Accro Terre

–2014–

 

‘Aphroditeeros’ – Akai Takamori

 

 

 

Curtis Benzle Softly as in a Dream

‘Softly as in a Dream’ – Curtis Benzle

 

 

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

Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi, ‘Children’s Water Dreaming’

1972

 

 

Jerry Uelsmann-photo

Jerry Uelsmann photo

 

 

Ima-Naroditskaya-dolls-Dream-Awakening

‘Dream Awakening’ — Ima Naroditskaya

 

 

 

Girl and sea of dreams-Keramikas-CZ

‘Girl and sea of dreams’ – Keramikas, Czech

 

 

Julia Feld-Sweaty Dreams-sculpture

Julia Feld -‘Sweaty Dreams’

 

 

 Jaguar Dreaming the Mystery by BlueFireStudio on Etsy

‘ Jaguar Dreaming the Mystery’ by BlueFireStudio on Etsy

 

 

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

Labradorite  dreamstone

Tulear Prov., Madagascar

 

 

Lela Maharobeli _ Field of Dreams painting

Lela Maharobeli  — ‘Field of Dreams’ painting

 

 

Kurt-Weiser-ceramics

Kurt Weiser

 

 

jerry-uelsmann-dream-portral

Jerry Uelsmann – Dream Portal

 

 

Lisa Van Noorden-Dreaming sculpture of a girls head

Lisa Van Noorden – ‘Dreaming’

 

 

The-Alchemist’s-Dream-Irina-Charny

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

Irina Charny Mosaics

 

 

Sgraffito Ocean Dream Pot - Rachel Wolf

Rachel Wolf ‘ – ‘Sgraffito Gone Wild’

 

 

wolfworksstudios-Totems-Rachel-Wolf

Totems – Rachel Wolf

Wolfrworkstudios – Instagram

 

 

SBS---Beyond-The-Dreamtime-Ainslie-Roberts

‘Beyond The Dreamtime’ — Ainslie Roberts

SBS

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

Red Anemone Dreaming ceramic Bowl by Penny Evans

‘Red Anemone Dreaming’ ceramic Bowl by Penny Evans

 

 

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

‘Beyond The Dreamtime’ — Ainslie Roberts

SBS

 

 

Will Herrera Ocean Dream abstract sculpture

Will Herrera ‘Ocean Dream’ abstract sculpture

ArtParks

 

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

 

Odyssey Portal – ‘Dakini Rodeo Apocalyptic Riders”

Digital art – Robbiv Hood

 

 

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

 Chinese dreamstone,  17th—18th Century

Noonan Antiques

 

 

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

Xiaoping Zhou – ‘Dream Of Land’

125-x-165-cm      Hotham Street Contemporary

 

 

Arina-Ailincai-sculpture

Arina Alincai

 

 

Bébé-Bleu--France-Fauteux suureal sculpture

‘Bébé Bleu’ — France Fauteux

 

 

 

 

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

Sergei Isupov, Russia

 

 

 Don Yeoman Ravens Dream_ 48x72

Don Yeoman ‘Raven’s Dream’

48 x 72 inches

 

Trees and Dream theater

Jerry Uelsmann, ‘Tree Goddess’ 1994,

Dream Theater

 

 

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

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

 

 

The place where dreams are born---Kasia Derwinska

‘The place where dreams are born’ — Kasia Derwinska

 

 

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

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

 

 

-The-Dream----Conversation---Melvin-Sokolsky---images-©-Melvin-Sokolsky-2009

‘The Dream’—-Conversation—Melvin Sokolsky

2009

 

 

Czech František Drtikol-photo of a dreamy female acrobat

Czech František Drtikol photo

 

Beyond-The-Dreamtime-Ainslie-Roberts Australian art

Ainslie Roberts

 

 

Aboriginal-Rock-Art-dreamtime-Wandjina paintings

Dreamtime Wandjina cave paintings, Australia

 

 

Enchanted-Prince-1934-by-Maxfield-Parrish

‘Enchanted Prince’ by Maxfield Parrish

1934

 

 

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

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

2015,  stoneware, H 31 inches

 

 

Elnaz---Shadows of my Dream

Elnaz — ‘Shadows of my Dream’

 

 

Elena-Markova-boat-flautist paainting

Elena Markova  – Boat flautist

 

 

Elena-Markova-forest-of-dreams painting

Elena Markova – Forest of dreams

 

 

Dream-Theater,-2004-Jerry Uelsmann photo

Dream Theater, Jerry Uelsmann photo

2004

 

 

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

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

Musee Barbier Mueller

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

‘Dream Plant of an Imaginary Garden’, Sevres porcelain

-2007-

 

Dream-Pillow-Mandala-Pottery

‘Dream Pillow’ – Mandala Pottery

 

Dream On---Elizabeth Price

‘Dream On’ — Elizabeth Price

 

 

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

‘Dreaming’ by Maxfield Parrish

1928

 

 

Dream-sculpture bust Latchezar-Boyadjiev

‘Dream’ – Latchezar Boyadjiev

 

 

Dreamcatcher-Jo-Felstead-Hill

‘Dreamcatcher’ – Jo Felstead Hill

 

 

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

‘All paths lead to Quargla’  – Robbiv Hood

 

 

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

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

12 inch tall -The Cobb auctioneers

 

 

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

Cookie jar–‘Dreaming of Coffee’ – Jerilynn Babroff

 Etsy

 

 

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

Pavel Charousek ‘Like a Dream’—Winterstone sculpture

 

 

Budgerigar Dreaming-1972 Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa

‘Budgerigar Dreaming’  —  Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa

1972

 

Antonov-Ira-female-ballerina daydreamer

Antonov Ira – Ballerina Daydreamer

 

 

 

Anna-Lebedeva-abstract-painting

Anna Lebedeva abstract painting

 

 

Ancient-sacred-aboriginal-dreamtime-rock-art--Chris-Rainer

Ancient sacred aboriginal dreamtime rock art — Chris Rainer

 

 

Natalia-Golovkina-pot - Aussie icons

Downunder Dreaming – Natalia Golovkina

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

 

 

Ashley-Maxwell-ceramic-sculpture

Ashley Maxwell

 

 

Marc Chagall-- Clowns at night-painting

Marc Chagall — ‘Clowns at night’

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

‘Blue Circus’ by Marc Chagall

 

 

Alexey Illarionov-wall art panel

Alexey Illarionov wall  panel

 

 

Alexey-Illarionov-ceramic-fish-panel

Alexey Illarionov

 

 

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

 ‘Dream in flight Moment’ – Liz Wolf

Manitou Galleries Santa Fe

 

 

Gentleness, obscurity--occurrence in that garden

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

 

 

'Dream' - UnusualDolls - Etsy ceramic bust

‘Dream’ – UnusualDolls – Etsy

 

 

Alexey-Illarionov-ceramic-platter

 

Alexey Illarionov- surrealist ceramic art

 

 

Sue Averell_Mermaid Dream abstract painting

Sue Averell  —  ‘Mermaid Dream’

 

 

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

‘Nonquase’s Dream’  —  Jessie Mooy

 

 

 

Elena-Markova-dream-art painting

Elena Markova

 

 

Christophe-Betmalle-painting abstract faces

Christophe Betmalle

 

 

Cruising thru the clayniverse

 

--Jean Dunand geometric design

 

 

 

VeniceClayArtists 10th anniversary

 

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

 

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

 

ceramic chess-piece-white-queen

Ceramic chess piece white queen

 

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

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

 

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

‘Her Dream’ – Victoria Ivanova

 

 

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

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

‘Geometric pottery styles’

 

Roger Capron public sculpture - Vallauris

Roger Capron public sculpture – Vallauris

‘Roger Capron – vivacious Vallauris ceramics’

 

 

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

Daniel Johnston – Pots On The Lawn

‘Pottery whimsical – take the plunge’

 

Flask-with-a-Lid-Italy-Workshop-of-Guido-Durantino-Date--1540s-School-Urbino-majolica

Flask with a Lid, Italy – Workshop of Guido Durantino

1540’s Urbino majolica

 

 

Raku Ceramics-by Helen Rondell at Studiopottery.co

Raku portal vase – Ceramics-by Helen Rondell at Studiopottery.co

Pottery Raku Rapture’

 

 

Roger Capron public sculpture - Vallauris

Roger Capron castle courtyard sculpture – Vallauris

‘Roger Capron – vivacious Vallauris ceramics’

 

Aqua-by-serax-ceramic-sets

Aqua by Serax ceramic sets

‘Calming ceramic vessels – greens, white, black’

 

 

Shinobu-Hashimoto-chopstick-ceramic rests

Shinobu Hashimoto chopstick ceramic rests with speckled iron

 

 

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

‘Deap Teal’, by elephant ceramics

 

 

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

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

‘Charles Catteau – Art Deco ceramics master’

 

ScottJacobsonGallery_Yves_Boucard ceramic winged bench

Yves Boucard ceramic winged bench

Scott Jacobson Gallery

‘The Ceramic Furniture of Hun-Chung Lee’

 

 

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

Shinobu Hashimoto—iron black slender rectangle dish

‘Functional pottery – flora and cuisine’

 

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

Shinobu Hashimoto-rice bowl with umeboshi plum side dish

Functional pottery – flora and cuisine

 

 

constructivist black and white teapot

Constructivist black and white teapot

 

 

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

‘3 Tears for Kerin’ vase – Jenny Orchard

‘Adorable clay mutations – Jenny Orchard’

 

 

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

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

 

 

Annie-Peaker-photo-Christine-Cox-@potfest

Annie Peaker with her Hare and Tortoise sculpture

[email protected]

‘Bunnies of fortune’

 

4,200-yr-old-Silver-cups-with-linear-Elamite-lady

4,200 yr old Silver cup with linear Elamite lady

Marvdasht, Pars Province

‘Intriguing artifacts of the ancients’

 

 

Muscle Beach, Venice,  California acrobatis

Muscle Beach, Venice,  California, 1950’s

‘Venice Art Edge, USA’

 

 

Chinese-Qing-Dynasty-porcelain-vase,-MeiPing-form

Chinese Qing Dynasty porcelain vase, Mei Ping form

‘Emperor Qianlong’s hidden Palace’

 

Joan-Miro-Personnage-More abstract ceramic bust

‘Personnage More’ – Joan Miro

 

 

Italian-pottery-hand-painted-VTG-Desimone-Italian-Pottery-Hand-Painted-Vase-Decanter

Italian pottery hand painted vintage Desimone Vase/Decanter

 

 

Russell-Akerman-morecambe-summer-sunset

Russell Akerman photo – Morecambe summer sunset, Lancashire

‘Russell Ackerman – Lancaster potter’

 

 

Josephine-Baker-Paris-1931 signed postcard

Josephine Baker postcard – Paris, 1931

‘Josephine Baker captivates the Jazz Age’

 

 

Peter-Hermansson-glass art modernist vessels

Peter Hermansson modernist glass art

‘Modernist glass arts – Sweden’

 

 

Dolorosa_Sinaga_Sufi-Dancer-foil-sculpture

Dolorosa Sinaga – ‘Sufi Dancer’ foil sculpture

‘Figurative Dance sculptures and art’

 

Ricky-Maldonado-pottery vase

Ricky Maldonado pottery
beatricewood.com
‘Hearts of clay’

 

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

Carlos Luna – ‘Irregular Plate’  1997

‘Dish, Charger, Plate’

 

 

Buthaud-René-craquelure-vase with nude female motif

René Buthaud craquelure vase

‘French ceramic excellence – Rene Buthaud, Jean Mayodon’

 

 

porcelain-horse-with-rider-Alvino-Bagni

Mid Century porcelain horse with rider – Alvino Bagni

‘Modernist marvels from the Mid-Century’

 

 

amphora-art-nouveau-ceramic-ewer,-czechoslovakia,-early-20th-century,-pear-shaped,-with-short-spout,-the-handle-formed-as-a-gilt-dragon

Amphora Art Nouveau Ewer with gilt dragon handle

Czechoslovakia, early 20th century,

‘Bohemian Amphora splendour’

 

 

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

‘Agget’ by Egon Moller Nielsen

‘Fun sculptures of the playground’

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

American Museum of Ceramic Art – terracotta bull

‘AMOCA – 10 year anniversary’

 

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

Art Deco – ‘Afternoon Tea’ —  Clarice Cliff Colourway

‘Clarice Cliff Art Deco: The André Aerne Collection’

 

Andy-Nasisse---Pink-Cookie-Jar---Sherrie-Gallery

Andy Nasisse — Pink Cookie Jar

Sherrie Gallery

‘Collecting Cookie and Biscuit Jars’

 

Aboriginal artist Penny Evans #383 Estaurine Ceramic Bowl

Penny Evans #383 Estaurine Ceramic Bowl

‘Indigenous Australian arts compilation’

Curvy Capital-Gate-Building-Abu-Dhabi

Capital Gate Building, Abu Dhabi

‘Seeing Red’

 

 

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

Carlos Luna – ‘War Giro’

2005

 

 

Luigi-Garoli-pottery-pot-70-years-old-valentini-plate

Luigi Garoli for Ceramica Arcore, Italy

‘Contemporary art plates and platters’

 

 

Chinesisches_Haus_SanssouciDrottningholm,-Sweden

Chinesisches Haus – Sanssouci Drottningholm, Sweden

 

 

Creekside-Pottery-lidded-vessel

Creekside Pottery

‘Ceramic vessels and lids

 

 

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

Claudette Colbert as Cleopatra, 1934

‘Art Deco in the movies’

 

 

Ela-Cindor-brooch---Pearls,-gold,-newspaperContemporary-Art-Jewelry

Ela Cindor brooch — Pearls,-gold, newspaper

‘Beguiling ornamental brooches’

 

 

 

Enlightened-one-vichar-vichar

‘Enlightened One’ – Dhokra sculpture – Vichar Vichar

‘Dhokra tribal art’

 

--fashion-editorial-photography-vogue-brazil-Julia-Frauche-stars-in-the-story-'Belle-dejour'-for-October-Issue-of-Vogue-Brazil,-photographed-by-Zee-Nunes

Vogue Brazil – Julia Frauche – photographed by Zee Nunes

‘Street Cred visuals’

 

 

 

Arabesque French Vase-orientalist-style

 

French Art Nouveau iridescent arabesque vase

 

 

Frida-Kahlo-coming-down-the-stairs-Mexico,-1944

Frida Kahlo, Mexico, 1944

 

 

 

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

Gabriel Argy Rousseau Egyptian Revival vase

‘Egyptian Revival Art’

 

 

Gotham in Olive,-Motawi Tileworks ceramic wall tile

‘Gotham in Olive’, Motawi Tileworks

‘Creative Ceramic Tile’

 

 

Ascoli Piceno State Archaeological Museum

Giuseppe Maria Matricardi plate

Ascoli Piceno State Archaeological Museum

 

 

 

greek-minoan-art-hand-painted-double-spout-pottery

Repro Greek Minoan aquatic theme hand painted double spout pot

‘Minoan Pottery’

 

 

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

‘Helmut Schmidt II’ by Rainer Fetting

artnet

‘Contemporary sculptural busts’

 

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

Belgian Henry van de Velde Vase. 1903

 

 

 

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

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

‘Perusing the poster arts’

 

 

Chia-Heng-Hsieh,--medium--Lusterware,-technique--coil-building,fire-at-high-temperature,

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

 

 

Rajasthan-Indian-Female Dancing

Rajasthan Indian Female Dancing

‘Figurative dance sculptures and art’

 

 

Picasso-Madoura-large handled vase with bullfight motif

Picasso Madoura large handled vase

‘Pablo Picasso Ceramics: The Madoura Collection’

 

 

Harlem Renaissance sculptor Selma Burke sculpting

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

 

 

Lenci's-Ceramics--carnival-venizi-harlequin-figurines

Lenci’s Ceramics — Carnival Venizi harlequin figurines

 

 

Jeanne-Mammen-at-work-in-her-studio.-1946-

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

1946

 

 

 

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

Leonardi Rovereto — Flared conical vase

 

 

 

Les céramiques fauves---Maurice de Vlaminck

‘Les céramiques fauves’ — Maurice de Vlaminck

The Art of ‘ism’s

 

 

Lina-Viktor-gilded-art

Lina Vikto

‘Gilded cosmic gyrations of Lina Viktor’

 

 

 

Liza-Riddle---coil-built-ceramics

Liza Riddle

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

 

 

 

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

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

‘Sixties quest for the elusive Eden’

 

 

 

Mari Simmulson, designer for Upsala Ekeby

Mari Simmulson, designer for Upsala Ekeby, Sweden

‘It’s a potters world.’

 

 

Dance-Foto-Vadim-Stein

Photo Vadim Stein

‘Sculptural Dance Figures’

 

 

axe,-carved-from-basalt-stone.-Mexico,-circa-600---900-CE

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

 

 

Michael-Thacker-'Inclusion'-via-bilsandrye

Michael Thacker – ‘Inclusion’

 

 

MyungJin-Kim,-Artist,-Cloud-Jar-(front),-2009

Jin-Kim Myung, ‘Cloud Jar’

2009

 

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

Rahel Ungwanaka ‘Ankarta’ 2005

Queensland Art Gallery

‘Australian clayarts – wildlife fauna, flora, landscapes’

 

 

 

Royal Dux Art-deco ceramic figurine

Royal Dux Art-deco ceramic figurine

‘Czech, Bohemia Clayarts’

 

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Inverloch mermaid

 

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

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

Photo by seekingmuseI

 

 

Nouveau siren of Inverloch

 

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

 

Inverloch-mermaid-capture from Google Earth @Veniceclayartists

Inverloch Mermaid (bottom right) from Google Earth

Bass Strait, Inverloch, Victoria

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

 

 

Inverloch-Mermaid-swimming in jade waters

Inverloch Sirene – see original at end of post

 

 

Norwegian Star cruise ship stranded in Inverloch

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

 

 

 

Mermaid art, sculpture and lore

 

Mermaid sculpture on pier --Mermaid Harbor Norfolk VA

Mermaid sculpture — Mermaid Harbor. Norfolk VA

bobistraveling

 

 

Mermaids and tales from the ages

 

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

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

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

 

Midsummer Night’s Mermaid Dream

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

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

 

 

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

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

Las Vegas

 

 

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

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

Photo – Eric Nathan –  Alamy

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

 

 

Waylande Gregory Large Art Deco-Phoenician Style Melusine Ceramic Vase

Waylande Gregory Large Art Deco-Phoenician Style Melusine Vase

1930’s

 

 

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

‘Atargatis’ by Virginia Lee.

 

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

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

 

 

 

Mermaid-Sculpture-Klaipeda, Lithuania on Baltic Sea

Baltic Sea mermaid sculpture – Klaipeda, Lithuania

 

 

Ian Thomas antique mermaid statue on Lord Street in Southport England

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

 

 

Arun-SankarThe Jalakanyaka Mermaid statue in Thiruvananthapuram, India

The ‘Jalakanyaka Mermaid’ statue by Arun Sankar

Thiruvananthapuram, India

 

 

Antique Italian Cantagalli Maiolica Pottery Vase - Snake Handles - Mermaids

Italian Cantagalli Maiolica Pottery Vase – Snake Handles – Mermaids

 

 

Lola the mosaic mermaid on Mermaid Parade Norfolk Virginia

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

 

 

Nabeul mermaid sculpture at the seaside

Nabeul mermaid sculpture at the seaside, Tunisia

 

 

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

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

 

 

Thai mermaid art painting

Thai mermaid with lotus flowers art painting

 

 

Lusignan_Relief of The Château de Lusignan

Melusine relief – The Château de Lusignan

 

 

Figural Zinc mermaid holding child Fountain

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

 

 

 

Art Nouveau Porcelain and bronze mermaid pitcher with floral decoration

Art Nouveau Porcelain and bronze mermaid pitcher

 

Maui-Mermaid wood carved sculpture with baby turtles

 

Maui Mermaid wood carved sculpture – Dale Zarella

Hawaii

 

 

Jean Mayodon ceramic mermaid and merman sculpture

Jean Mayodon ceramic mermaid and merman sculpture

Lebreton Gallery San Francisco

 

 

Mermaid sculpture at the Blue Mermaid

Forlorn looking mermaid sculpture at the Blue Mermaid

San Francisco

 

Tri footed mermaid cup_---Irina Zaytceva

Mermaid cup — Irina Zaytceva

 

 

Rene Lalique statuette in 1920 Naïade (Large-Mermaid)

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

This was used for a car mascot in 1925

 

 

Jean-Pierre-Augier mermaid sculpture

Jean Pierre Augier conchshell mermaid

 

 

Leopold Park bathing Mermaid Statue.Photo © by Jan Poppe

Leopold Park Mermaid Statue.

Photo © by Jan Poppe

 

 

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

Seated mermaid statue next to a lake

Madrid, Spain

 

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

Mermaid ‘Guanabara Mitológica’  – sculpted by Remo Bernucci

 

 

The Littlest Mermaid Nina Winters-Sculptures

‘The Littlest Mermaid’  –  Nina Winters

 

 

Trafalgar-Square-mermaid-statue-created-by-William-McMillan-and-Sir-Charles-Wheeler

Trafalgar Square mermaid statue

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

 

 

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

‘Annabelle’ by Nathalie Seguin

 

 

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

‘High Tide’ – John Morris Sculptures

 

 

 

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

 Decorative Mermaid Sculpture  Figurine by HS

 

Porcelain-Mermaid-and-Dolphin-Vase

Art Nouveau Porcelain Mermaid and Dolphin Vase

 

Lifesize Mermaid Figurehead sculpture from bow of ship

 

 

lasirene_Marie Madeleine Gautier sculpture

‘La sirene’ – Marie Madeleine Gautier

 

 

Melusine mermaid vase by Rene Buthaud

Rene Buthaud Sirene melusine vase

 

 

 

Driftwood-female river Sculpture by Debra Bernier

Driftwood Sirene Sculpture by Debra Bernier

 

 

Water Woman-2017-Wangechi Mutu

‘Water Woman ‘ —  Wangechi Mutu

Gladstone Gallery NY -2017

Photo David Regen

 

 

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

Delphin Massier Art Nouveau female figure vase with Islamic lustre glaze

 

 

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

Daydream Island mermaid sculptures by David Joffe

 

 

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

Art Nouveau figural table lamp with two mermaids,

c1900

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 Bronze mermaid fountain, University of Birmingham, England

 

 

 

Bronze seated mermaid-fountain in a garden pond

Bronze seated mermaid fountain in garden pool

 

 

Art Nouveau candle holder

 

Art Nouveau mermaid candle holder

 

 

 

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

Cast Bronze Mermaid Door Pull by Vadim Androusov 40’s

DRAGONETTE LTD

 

 

Arnold Bocklin.-1879 woman at an ocean cliff face

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

1879

 

 

Mermaid Riding Seahorse Sculpture by Sergio Bustamante

Mermaid Riding Seahorse Sculpture by Sergio Bustamante

 

 

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

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

Ist dibs

 

 

Jean-Mayodon-jade green ceramic Mermaid sculpture

Jean Mayodon

 

 

Mermaid with Trident Dish Nyland Gunnar 1944

Mermaid with Trident Dish Nyland Gunnar

1944

 

Terracotta Mexican Mermaid Sirena by Teyacapan,-via Flickr

Terracotta Mexican Mermaid Sirena

photo by Teyacapan, via Flickr

 

 

 

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

Mid-Century Modern Rene Buthaud French Ceramic Glazed Vase

BERTIL BERNHARDT, Miami

 

 

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

Minton Majolica putti, mermaid-merman pitcher

 

 

Porcelain Mermaid Vase

White porcelain Mermaid Vase

 

 

 

 

Art Nouveau bronze mermaid glass goblet

 

 

Thailand outdoor-mermaid-sculpture, Chang-Mai

Thailand outdoor mermaid sculpture with creepers, Chang Mai

 

 

 

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

Royal Dalton Hand painted mermaid vase

 

 

white mermaid on rock sculpture

Large white mermaid statue

Philosophy Antiques and Design, Laguna Beach

 

 

 

Puerto Vallarta mermaid sculptures

Puerto Vallarta —  Mermaid and Merman statues

 

 

Sergio Bustamante mermaid sculpture

Sergio Bustamante siren sculpture

 

 

 

Mermaid-Vase-Modern-Pottery--Jonathan-Adler

Mermaid Vase Modern Pottery — Jonathan Adler

 

Mermaid sculptures, Nabeul, Tunsia

 

 

Vintage-Royal-Haeger-Mermaid-Planter

Vintage Royal Haeger Mermaid Planter

14 inches tall

 

 

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

Warszawska Syrenka sculpture, Poland

 

 

mermaid-statue-sculpture-Hebei,-China-D&Z-Sculpture

Bronze mermaid statue sculpture at seaside

Hebei, China D&Z Sculpture

 

 

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

Medieval Mermaid plate,  1475 –  1500,

The Victoria and Albert Museum

 

Inverloch swimming mermaid - Veniceclayartists

Original Google Earth image – click to expand

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa creative pottery

 

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

 

 

Donve Branch

 

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

 

website

 

Agapanthus-Donve-Branch-South African pottery

Globular pots – Donve Branch

 

 

Donve-Branch-pottery vessel with abstract motif

Donve Branch

 

 

Donve-Branch-pit-fired-baluster vessel

Donve Branch pit fired baluster vessel

 

 

 

Donve_Branch=african-potter in studio

 

Donve Branch

 

 

Donve-Branch-globular-pot pit fired raku finish

Donve Branch

 

 

Donve-Branch--terracotta-planter with succulent

Handbuilt  planter – Donve Branch

 

 

Nguni-Jar-Donve-Branch lidded vessel

‘Nguni Jar’ – Donve Branch

Afrikana Gallery

 

Donve-Branch-ovoid-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

 

 

 

Lucinda-Mudge vase-finarts.co

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

 

 

Large ceramic vase - Thijs Nel, ZA

Thijs Nel, ZA

 

 

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

Large ceramic sculpture mask  – Thijs Nel

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' pink and white

Martin Haines  —  ‘Willow Tree Cat’

 

 

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

Martin Haines ceramic hare figurine

Agapanthus

 

 

Ralph-Johnson-stoneware-bowl

Ralph Johnson stoneware bowl

 

 

Red Porcelain-bowl-Ralph-Johnson

Porcelain bowl Ralph Johnson

 

 

Lee-Hensberg hand paintd vase--freakalee-ceramics

Lee Hensberg – Freakalee Ceramics

 

 

 

Lee Hensberg--butter ceramic dish with bird handle

Lee Hensberg butter dish

Freakalee Ceramics

 

Art Deco in the movies

 

 

actress Ann Sothern with circus acrobat on horde statue

Ann Sothern and circus acrobat on horse statue – 1939

 

 

Art Deco, Style Moderne meets Hollywood

 

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

 

 

art deco design by Emile Jacques Ruhlmann

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

Rene Lalique etched glass sculpture

‘Oiseau de_Feu’ –  René Lalique

Dayton Art Institute

 

 

Una-Merkel-in the movie Private-Lives

Una Merkel in the movie Private Lives – ScreenDeco

Orientalist statue by ?

 

 

 

Angelo Basso Art Deco La Luna Sculpture Bronze female nude sculpture

 Art Deco ‘La Luna’ Sculpture – Angelo Basso

 

 

 

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

Alice Faye with black cat sculpture

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

 

 

 

 Art deco set for the film 'Our Modern Maidens'

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

 

 

 

art deco future movie

Futuristic ‘Things To Come’ – 1936

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

paramouont theatre Oakland

Art Deco Paramount theater. Oakland

 

 

 

Egyptian Art Deco Cleopatra in Hollywood

Egyptian Art Deco in Hollywood

 

 

Demetre-Chiparus-art-deco-female figure sculpture

Art Deco dancer –  Demetre Chiparus

 

 

Frankenstein-holding maiden

‘The Bride Of Frankenstein’, 1935

 

 

 

Carole lombard with winking greek bust sculpture

Carole Lombard publicity still for ‘Rhumba’, 1935

 

 

 

Spirit-of-the-Centennial-statue-at-Fair-Park-in-Dallas,

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 wearing satin in 'The Sign of the Cross'

Claudette Colbert in ‘The Sign of the Cross’

Director Cecil B Demille.  1932

 

 

Corinne Griffith. Lilies of the Field (1924)

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

 

 

 

Bronze sculpture elegant figure - Erte

Bronze sculpture figure – Erte

 

 

 

Elissa-Landi at huge white fire place

Elissa Landi and monumental sculptured fireplace

 

 

 

Fay-Wray posing with white art deco sculpture

Fay Wray

Photo Ray Jones

 

 

Flying Down To Rio dance scene

‘Flying Down To Rio’ dance scene, 1933

 

 

 

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

French Art Deco fan dancer bookends

 

 

 

Genevieve-Tobin posing with white art deco bust

Genevieve Tobin and a white art deco bust

 

 

 

Art deco staircase

Impressive Art Deco staircase and vase pedestal

 

 

 

 

Genevieve-Tobin-in art deco set

Genevieve Tobin

 

 

 

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

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

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' futuristic movie - Russia 1924

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, Art Deco chariot

Ruggero Alfredo Michahelles: ‘La Quadriga’, 1929,

 

 

Merna-Kennedy with tall black cubist statue

Merna Kennedy with a stunning tall Cubist Deco statue

 

 

Monkey-Business---Marx-Brothers playing saxaphones

Marx Brothers saxophone quartet in ‘Monkey Business’

 

 

Myrna-Loy with a black cat sculpture

Myrna Loy

 

 

 

Myrna-Loy with mirror refkection

Myrna Loy

 

 

 

Night-Owls-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

 

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 – [email protected]

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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

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

 

 

 

 Robert Bricker

 

 

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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Sculpture by the Sea – 20th anniversary

 

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

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016.

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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Yumin Jing’s ‘Travelling Bag’ 2016

 

 

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Johannes Pannekoek with his winning work ‘Change Ahead’.

 Photo: Steven Siewert

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

 

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‘Flying Over Venice’ – Li Wei,

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

 

 

inge-king-planetary-orbits-sculpture

‘Celestial rings I’ by Inge King

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016

 

 

 

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Tony Davis, ‘Manscape’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016. Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

 

karen-macher-nesta-sea-sponges-sculpture-by-the-sea-cottesloe-2016

Karen Macher Nesta, ‘Sea Sponges’,

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016. Photo Jessica Wyld

 

 

 

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

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016  Photo – Jessica Wyld

 

 

 

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

Peter Lundberg, ‘Open’

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

 

 

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Koichi Ishino, ‘Wind Blowing’,

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Gareth Carr

 

 

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Vince Vozzo, ‘Moon Buddha’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013. Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

 

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 ‘State of Square’ by Fatih Semiz

 

 

 

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Norton Flavel, ‘Dust’ 

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016. Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

 

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

Arissara Reed, ‘Acoustic Chamber’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

 

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

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

Sculpture by the Sea 2011

 

 

'Taking Leave' by Peter Tiley sculpture at the ocean

‘Taking Leave’ by Peter Tiley

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2008

 

 

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Ayad Alqaragholli, ‘Embrace’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2014. Photo Jarrad Seng

 

 

 

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Ben Fasham, ‘bjf13′

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

 

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

Benjamin Storch, ‘Undulation’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016. PhotoClyde Yee

 

 

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

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014 – Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

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Ben Juniper, ‘Ghost Gum’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2013. Photo Jarrad Seng

 

 

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Masayuki Sugiyama, ‘Eyewalk Rock’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014. Photo Clyde Yee

 

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

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013. Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

 

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Margarita Sampson, ‘Voyagers I & II’ 

 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

 

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Chris Bailey, ‘The Majestic’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2014. Photo Jessica Wyld

 

 

 

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Dale Miles, ‘Parallel Thinking Space’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

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Deborah Redwood, ‘Noah’s Arc’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016. Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

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

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

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013. Photo Jarrad Seng

 

 

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Ewen Coates, ‘Multiverse’,

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013. Photo William Patino

 

 

 

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GhostNets Australia, ‘Ghost Net Crocodile’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2013. Photo Jarrad Seng

 

 

 

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Hilde A. Danielson, ‘Upside Down Again’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2013. Photo Jarrad Seng

 

 

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Johannes Pannekoek, ‘Convolution’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2012. Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

 

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‘Dearest’ by Margarita Sampson

Peter Parks-AFP/Getty

 

 

 

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

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016. Photo Jessica Wyld

 

 

 

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Koichi Ogino, ‘Camel Country 14′

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014. Photo Ian Sanderson

 

 

 

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‘Mountain Air – Circles’  – Koichi Ishino

Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

 

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Lubomir Mikle, ‘p.o.p.’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

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Lucy Humphrey, ‘Horizon’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013. Photo Jarrad Seng

 

 

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‘Many Many’ – Stephen King Clyde King

 

 

 

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Petra Svoboda, ‘The commodification of imagination’,

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2012. Photo Brett Winstone

 

 

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

Sculpture by the Sea 2009

Photo – Shyaman

 

 

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

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

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‘Sogana’ by Michael Le Grand

photo by Shyaman

 

 

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Tim Macfarlane Reid, ‘One Door Opens’

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2015. Photo Jessica Wyld

 

 

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Tim Macfarlane Reid, ‘Sea Change’

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

 

 

 

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Yolande Rose, ‘Lithoid’

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee

 

 

 

 

 

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Art of the Buddha

 

 

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

photo – Francis Chung-Flickr

 

Buddha and Bodhisattva arts and wisdom    

 

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

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

 

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

 Bao Ding Mountain Circle of Life.

The Dazu Grottoes, China

 

 

Buddha garden statue - Pavel Bobrovskiy photo

Stone Buddha garden sculpture

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

thokcha.blogspot.com.au/

 

 

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Antique Iron Amitayus Buddha Statue

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

 

 

 

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Female Bodhisattva ‘Tara’

 

 

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Handpainted turquoise Buddha bronze head

 

 

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Antique Chenrezig statue, Tibet

 

 

 

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

Peshawar Museum

www.adhikara.com

 

 

 

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Meditating Buddha statue, Kyoto

 

 

 

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The Yumedono Kannon of Horyuji, Japan

6.5 feet tall

 

 

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Spring blossom and Buddha statue in Kamakura, Japan

 

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

 

 

 

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Bronze Buddha statue displaying teaching mudra

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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Buddhist monk, Tibet

 

 

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Seated Buddha sculpture,  Axel Vervoordt’s Castle, Belgium

 

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

 

 

 

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Ancient Buddha head – Ayutthaya Kingdom, Ancient Capital of Thailand

 

 

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

Weston Gallery

 

 

 

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Wall relief Kuan Yin – Keelung Temple  cave

 

 

Gamin’ the aggressor

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

 

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Seated porcelain Buddha figurine

 

 

 

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

ca 1865

 

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

 

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Garden Buddha statue

 

 

 

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

Chūgū-ji (中宮寺) temple, Japan

 

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

 

 

 

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Qingbai Glaze Porcelain Kuanyin Buddha

Jingdezhen Kiln, Song Dynasty

 

 

 

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

Late 19th – early 20th century

Height: 80 cm www.aguttes.com/

 

 

 

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Kuan Yin @ Green Gulch Zen Center by edwinsail on Flickr

 

 

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

 

 

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Bowenite Carving of Kuan Yin, China, 20th century

Height 8.5 inches

 

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

 

 

White Kuan-Yin-Garden-statue- Wellington Heights

Kuan Yin statue, Taipei

Taiwan

 

 

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Kuan Yin

 

 

 

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Wood carving of Kuan Yin in a Thailand temple

 

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

 

 

Long-Journey

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

 

 

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Buddhist cave temple – Marble Mountains, Vietnam

Five Elements Mountain in Danang

 

 

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Five Elements Mountain in Danang, Vietnam

 

 

 

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White Buddha statue, Five Elements Mountain in Danang

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

 

 

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Wall of Buddhas, raised relief

Five Elements Mountain in Danang

 

 

 

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Ming Dynasty Buddha

 

 

 

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Gampopa statue –  disciple of Milarepa

 

 

National-treasure-of-Japan Miroku Bosatsu statue

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

 

 

 

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Japanese Amida Buddha  sculpture, 19th century

 

 

 

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‘The Buddha’. Odilon Redon. 1905.

Musée D’Orsay, Paris

 

 

 

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

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

LACMA

 

 

 

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Rare hand carved Lapis Lazuli Medicine Buddha sculpture

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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‘Buddha’ – Odilon Redon

 

 

 

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Copper Bronze Kuan Yin

 

 

 

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Shoton Festival Buddha Thangka, Drepung, Tibet

 

 

 

see-notes

‘Kyaiktiyo Pagoda’

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

 

 

 

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Beautiful hand carved nephrite jade statue of Milarepa

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Buddha carved into a mountain at Hakone, Japan

 

 

 

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Kuan Yin painting

 

 

 

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Padmasana Buddha stone statue

 

 

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

The master said, “A broken earthen pot.”

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Submerged statue, Bali

 

 

 

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Classical Buddhist culture creative hands Buddha ceramic lamp

 

 

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Buddha Saria Stupa Inner  – Kingold Museum

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

 

 

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Manjushri Bodhisattva

 

 

 

 

 

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Clays enlightened – contemporary, quirky, surreal

 

 

Watching the watcher

 

Liesbeth-Rutten-in-Vertrouwen Dutch public sculpture

Liesbeth Rutten

Vertrouwen, NL

 

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

 

 

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Woman’s Head designed by Rudolf Knörlein for Goldscheider

Vienna, 1930

 

 

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Cubist vase Charmaine Haines

French Experience Collection photo Marie Clair DeBourg

 

 

 

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Ann Agee, porcelain ‘Tulip Vase’

1994

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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‘Horta’ – Fons Bemelmans

 

 

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‘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’

 

 

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Mannequin head

 

 

Michael-Lucero-Watching-Wishing abstract ceramic sculpture

Michael Lucero — ‘Watching Wishing’

 

 

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“It’s a masterpiece”

Peter Sellers in Dr.Strangelove

 

 

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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’

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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Frances Doherty with her Blue Bells

Picture by Peter Boam

 

 

 

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‘Mystery Alley’ – Minoru Karamatsu – flickr

Japan

 

 

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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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Evelyn Tannus ceramic whippet

 

 

 

 

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‘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

 

 

 

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‘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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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 ‘Squirrel’  wool relief panel by Master Adjika

Minsk

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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‘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

 

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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

 

 

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Polished stone wedding gift – Trobriand Islands

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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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

Papua New Guinea

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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Hand painted mask – Kanganaman Village

East Sepik Province – Papua New Guinea

Flickr – Rita Willaert

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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‘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

 

 

 

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Wood carved female statue –  Melpa tribe

Rondon Ridge, PNG

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Tribal masks – Palambei Village -East Sepik Province

Papua New Guinea

 

 

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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

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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Pearl shell inlay altar cross

 

 

 

 

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Haus tambarans facade

 

 

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Spirit Board, Gope Ethnic District

Papua New Guinea

 

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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

 

 

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Trobriand Island dance shield kai-diba

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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

 

 

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Terracotta Jar with owl lid and motif – Hermannsburg Potters

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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‘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

 

 

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Aboriginal arts platypus vase

Tatiana Lou – ebay

 

 

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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

 

 

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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,

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

Gustavsberg-Ceramic-Adorable-Kangaroo-with-Joey-by-Lisa-Larson

Kangaroo and joey  – Lisa Larson

 

 

 

Peter-Ferguson hand painted mudka pot

Peter Ferguson

 

 

 

Hand-Painted-Stoneware-Pottery-Plate-Beautiful-Superb-Parrot--

Stoneware handpainted parrot plate

 

 

 

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‘Laughing Kookaburra’ mug – Ian Bell

 

 

 

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

‘Wombat’ – Ian Bell

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Kookaburra figurine – Hebb

 

 

 

Tassie Devil ceramic ornament

‘Tassie Devil’ – Anita Ray

 

 

 

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Salt and Pepper Owl Shakers – Kanga

 

 

 

Wombat-sculpture-by-Silvio-Apponyi-maroochy-botanic-gardens

‘Wombat’ – Silvio Apponyi

Maroochy Botanic Gardens, QLD

 

 

 

Zentastic--

Koala in a ghost gumtree

 

 

 

Rottnest-Quokka

Quokka feeding at Rottnest Island, WA

 

 

 

AUS-kangarroo-island natural rock formations

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

 

 

 

 

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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.’

 

 

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‘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.’

 

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

‘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

 

 

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Mystical gardens and sculptures tour

 

Garden sculptures of heightened spirit Downunder

 

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

 

 

Australia Garden :

Cranbourne, Victoria

 

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Queensland Bottle Trees in a rock landscape

Contemporary Australia Garden, Cranbourne, Melbourne

 

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

 

Orange-red Grevillia flowers  -- Australia Gardens, Cranbourne

Grevillia flowers  — Australia Gardens, Cranbourne

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

 

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Rock garden – Australia Garden

 

 

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‘Melaleuca Spits Lake’

 

 

Blue Wren on rocks

Blue Wren – Australia Gardens

 

 

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Rock garden built with Castlemaine stones

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Cranbourne Botanic Gardens—Castlemaine rocks

 

 

Ephemeral-Lake at Cranbourne Botanical Gardens - metaphorical sculpture

‘Ephemeral Lake’ at Cranbourne Australia Garden

Sculptor Mark Stoner in collaboration with Edwina Kearney

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

 

 

Cranbourne Botanical Red Sand Garden

‘Red Sand Garden’

 

 

 

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Red Sand stylized garden

 

 

 

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Australia Garden – aerial perspective

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

 

 

Johnsons Grass Trees with their spectacular flower spikes

Flower Spikes on Johnson’s Grass Trees

Australia Garden, Cranbourne, Victoria

 

 

Bush-Ranger-(Anigozanthos) red Australian native flowers

Red Bush Ranger (Anigozanthos) – Australian native flower

 

 

 

Cranbourne Botanical Garden - photo by Craig-Ward

Contemporary landscape gardens, Cranbourne

 photo by Craig-Ward

 

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Flowering red gum nuts

 

 

Cranbourne Botanical Gardens - photo Roger-Nelly

Cranbourne Botanical Gardens – photo by Roger Nelly

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Sightseeing buggies at Australia Garden

 

 

 

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RBCG – Royal Botanical Cranbourne Gardens

 

 

 

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Australia Garden water course sculptures

 

 

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

 

 

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

Queensland Bottle Tree – Australia Garden, Cranbourne

 

 

William Ricketts Sanctuary :

Olinda, Mount Dandenong

 

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

 

Indigenous Elder waterfall sculpture at Ricketts Sanctuary

Indigenous Elder waterfall sculpture at Rickett’s Sanctuary

 

 

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Winged Aboriginal boy sculpture

 

 

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William Ricketts self portrait sculpture with totem Lyrebird tail feathers

 

 

Entrance to William Ricketts Garden Sanctuary with two aboriginal busts

Entrance sculptures to William Ricketts Sanctuary

 

 

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Ricketts Sanctuary entrance rock sculpture

 

 

 

Rock sculpture of Aboriginal elder

William Ricketts sculpture of an Aboriginal elder

 

 

 

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Rock wall sculptures under native ferns

 

 

 

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A William Rickett’s ‘Earth Mother’ sculpture

 

 

 

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Three Aboriginal angels sculpture

Photo by Jakwak

 

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Unique sculpture garden of rock and moss

 

 

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William Ricketts – (1898-1993)

Photo by Ern Mainka

 

 

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Mountain fern forest Aboriginal sculpture

Ricketts Sanctuary

 

 

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Stone sculpture with concentric circle motif

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

 

 

William Ricketts bush sculpture of Aboriginal children

William Ricketts sculpture of aboriginal children

 

 

 

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Terracotta sculpture by William Ricketts

Carter’s Price Guides to Antiques and Collectables

 

 

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William Ricketts earthenware plaque modelled with an indigenous Australian motif

 

 

 

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Unglazed earthenware sculpture – William Ricketts

 

 

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Ricketts Sanctuary

Olinda, Mount Dandenong

 

 

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Moss covered,  bearded Aboriginal elder sculpture

 

 

 

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Wall relief and inner sanctum –  William Ricketts

Google Earth photo – Indriati Naland

 

 

 

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Earth Mother by William Ricketts

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

William Ricketts rock sculpture in a fern forest

Rock sculpture immersed in the fern forest

 

 

 

Bruno’s Art and Sculpture Garden :

Marysville, Victoria

 

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

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

 

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Girl Riding a Unicorn sculpture – Bruno Torfs Garden

 

Bruno Toff in his garden at Marysville

Bruno Toff in his garden at Marysville

 

 

Queen Bee sculpture - Bruno Torfs

Queen Bee sculpture

 

 

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Bruno Torfs Garden sculptures

 

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Seated Goddess on her throne in a fern canopy

 

Surviving Goddess sculpture from Marysville bushfire

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

 

Bush fire at Bruno's sculpture garden

Terracotta statues intact after the raging furnace

 

 

Bruno Torfs sculpture in a razed bush landscape

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

 

 

Surviving sculptures after the bushfire at Bruno's garden

Another surviving sculpture in synch with the event.

 

 

 

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A sculpture of an embracing couple in a razed forest

 

 

 

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Scorched tree carved sculptures at Bruno’s garden

 

 

 

Bruno Torfs large hand sculpture fountain

Large hand sculpture water fountain – Bruno Torfs

 

 

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Bruno Torfs holding a painting that avoided destruction

 

 

 

Forest Flute player at Bruno Torfs gardens

Forest Flutist sculpture

 

 

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Robed female sculptures – Bruno’s Garden

 

 

 

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Bush forest gumtree elemental sculpture

 

 

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Coiled snake woman sculpture

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Bruno-Torfs-sculpture bearded Sadhu sculpture

Bearded mystic sculpture

 

 

 

Sculpture of a bearded man beneath a Gumtree meditating

Bush meditation sculpture against a gum-tree trunk

 

 

 

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Sculpture of girl with forest wombat

 

 

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Sculpture of a boy in the forest with owls

 

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Forest minstrel on a tree stump sculpture

 

 

Mermaid sculpture in a mountain stream

Mermaid sculpture in a mountain stream

 

Garden sculpture of a seated man with a crow

Talking to a crow – Bruno’s Garden

 

Wood_Sculptures of Aboriginal with didjeiradoo

Sculpture of an Australian Aboriginal with Didgeridoo

 

 

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