Clay Forms

 Jay Kvapil-new-work-large-bottle-2013

Volcanic glaze bottle – Jay Kvapil


I never tire of admiring a design that exudes originality and spirit. Sometimes form alone works a treat, with the right balance and originality. Any added decoration would detract from its pure brilliance.  Decorative lines, texture and colour can all contribute to the added illusion of depth and combine to manifest rhythm in the design. Overlapping lines and colours support the perception of depth. Sharp edges in the decoration can flatten the depth, as can a lack of tonal diversity. Decorative additions can clash with the shape of a piece, if the lines aren’t harmonic with the form.
The curvilinear shape always presents shifting perspectives and intriguing possibilities on the three dimensional canvas of clay pottery. Asymmetrical patterns and design adds to the allure of a decoration as it offers multiple angles where the piece reflects a shifting appearance. Additional texture can be created with decorative lines, directly carved into a piece or appear with the glaze and natural surface of the clay. The more textured a surface, the larger the object appears.
The mood of a piece can be manipulated with the styles of the lines in both the form and decoration. Vertical lines are yin, expansive, gravity defying, feminine, restless and reflect growth and flexibility. Conversely yang horizontal lines are grounded, masculine, restful, steady, rigid, passive, calm and serene. An assertive mood can be created with bold, straight, solid, sharp, thick, and even lines. A soft, or delicate mood would employ curved, thin, or continuous flowing lines. An edgy feel logically comes from diagonal, disjointed, angular shape and lines. The creative combination of these ‘moods’ can create an excellent dynamic. This was particularly evident in the vivid Art Deco designs.
The most cleverly conceived design can be dismissed in a glance if these creative elements don’t mesh and sometimes if the form isn’t right to begin with, decoration will struggle to save it. The artist uses these design elements to put form to his creative spirit, and ironically, with abandonment of intellectual analysis, the viewer can get closer to appreciating the spirit of the work.
The focus of this post is on forms that are original, or have decoration that effectively enhances the form.



Female figure dish – Edouard Cazaux



Alessandro Mendini,-Superego-Editions,-Yellow-and-black

Modernist ceramic vessel by Alessandro Mendini,- Superego Edition




American master potter and ceramic artist-Val Cushing-(1931)

Val Cushing

USA 1931




Anne Currier abstract ceramic sculpture

  Anne Currier





 A graceful Korean celadon glaze porcelain ewer, designed to resemble a bamboo shoot.

Museum of FIne Arts in Boston, 12th century



Brother Thomas,-Tall vase, textured copper reds and greens, porcelain

Tall textured copper reds and green vase – Brother Thomas




Globular Art Deco vase – Camille Faure



Carlos Versluys ceramic pitcher

Carlos Versluys ceramic handpainted pitcher




Catherine of Siena-Italy

Ceramic burner with decentralized neck – Catherine of Siena, Italy




raku vase Caught Up In Clay - etsy

Japanese influenced raku vessel – Meredith McGriff, Indiana

Caught Up In Clay – etsy



Cecilia Boivie lamb figurines

 Cecilia Boivie – sheep figurines





Davis Vachon-raku bird

Davis Vachon




Clyde_Burt_Ceramics bottle

 Ceramic bottle mid-century – Clyde Burt



crater-glaze Michael-Hamlin-Smith

 Yellow crater glaze vessel Michael Hamlin Smith




Davide-Salvadore 2000

Abstract vessel, twin necks – Davide Salvadore





'Tyto 1' - Daina & Francis - sculptural owl -- Stylized barn owl sculpture in graphite colored mica flecked stone. Mounted on a bronzed patinaed steel base

‘Tyto 1’ – Daina & Francis- Elemental Artifacts

Stylized barn owl sculpture in graphite colored mica flecked stone. Mounted on a bronzed patinaed steel base




Emile Jacques Ruhlmann French Art Deco

Art Deco bowl – Emile Jacques Ruhlmann




Enno Jäkel contemporary vessel

Enno Jäkel contemporary vessel




Giuliano Malimpensa 'Roma' palladium vessel

‘Roma’ – Giuliano Malimpensa palladium sculptural vessel




Jim & Shirl – ‘Parmentier’




Japanese pottery - Kato-Yasukage,-Joan B. Mirviss Gallery

Kato Yasukage, Joan B. Mirviss





Kazuo Yagi---Futakuchi Tsubo-1950

Kazuo Yagi — Futakuchi Tsubo





Natasha-Dikareva Fishwife's Birthday Teapot;

‘Fishwife’s Birthday Teapot’  sculpture by Natasha Dikareva.





Large Guido Gamboni Stoneware contemporary Vessel,

Incised stoneware Vessel – Guido Gamboni



Larry Halvorsen freeform abstract ceramic sculpture in black and white

Larry Halvorsen



Leza Mcvey clay sculpture 40's

Handbuilt vessel – Leza Mcvey

USA 4o’s



Listening to Waves vase Heisei period-(1989–present),-2004-Sakiyama Takayuki

‘Listening to Waves’ vase  – Sakiyama Takayuki

Heisei period-(1989–present), 2004




Lucie Rie vase

Lucie Vase




Marianne de Trey contemporary ceramic sculptural vessel

Marianne de Trey




Meissen Porcelain-Factory ceramic lidded vessel

Meissen Porcelain Factory ceramic lidded vessel




Michelle Mendlowitz contemporary bottle

Michelle Mendlowitz contemporary ceramic bottle






‘Kassandra’ – Peter Mandl

Höllviken, Sweden




Kerry Hastings-contemporary bowl

 Kerry Hastings




Koloman Moser-lotz-vase

Koloman Moser vase for Loetz



On a Dark Wing of a Wave Jacques Vesery

‘On a Dark Wing of a Wave’   Jacques Vesery




Paul Soldner Wood Fired Ceramic-Vessel

Wood Fired Ceramic Vessel – Paul Soldner




Robert Hessler---Crystalline glazed bottle

Robert Hessler—Crystalline glazed bottle





Ron Mello gold leaf vase

‘Puzzle Pot 1’ – Ron Mello

This particular piece was wheel thrown, burnished and initially sagger fired. Then the  piece was cracked and broken into several pieces. Each was then fired or treated with a different technique and reassembled.



Shimaoka-Tatsuzo rectangular vessel

Shimaoka Tatsuzo




Stig Lindberg; Glazed Stoneware Vases for Gustavsberg,-c1955

 Two Turquoise Glazed Stoneware Vases by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden




Tessa Wolfe Murray ceramicist

Tessa Wolfe Murray





Two-Vases by Maia C - Flickr

Art Nouveau vases in the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio

Maria C – flickr





‘Second Amendment Urn’ – Yoko Sekino Bové

 Porcelain with sgraffito, brushed glaze, fired to cone 5 in oxidation, with luster, 2011

10 in. (25 cm) in height




Japanese Edo-period, crackle glaze bottle

Japanese Endo Period crackle glaze bottle




Peter-Layton-Large-stoneform - Mattson's-Fine-Art

Peter Layton glass vessel

Mattson’s Fine Art




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