Earthly musings

 

 

Ceramic sculpture Minnow-from-Earth-series-by-Michael-Lucero-on-artnet

 

‘Minnow from Earth’ series by Michael Lucero

artnet

 

 

Revering the Earth

 

Most ancient cultures practised rituals that displayed a reverence for the earth. This usually took the form of celebrations that ritualistically encouraged healthy crops for the coming year and the earth being praised as a good source of sustenance. The Green Corn Ceremony (Busk) is an annual ceremony practised among various Native American peoples associated with the beginning of the yearly corn harvest. The ceremony was marked with dancing, feasting and fasting and religious observations. Likewise, the Pagans and Druids liked to worship mountains and sacred trees along with  various Earth Goddess figures.

In the East, the Earth Element was revered for its ability to balance all elements and heal, exemplified by the Chinese emperor exclusively wearing yellow, (symbolic of Earth). The Japanese favoured anagama ceramics for their tea ceremony, due to the fact they were fired in kilns built into the earth and experienced longer firings which strengthened the Earth element. They believed this extended exposure enhanced the quality of the Earth as this element was nourished by the Fire element

In Hebrew, the name Adam suggested the colour red, or “red earth” and is related to the Hebrew word “adama” 0r earth. It was believed that the first man came from earth, taken from the red soil. According to the Tanakh, Bible, Quran, the Hadith and other writings, Adam was formed from clay, and then life was breathed into him.

Shape and appearance also influence an earthly perception. Vessels of a symmetrical form with balance give the impression of being more grounded, as do earthy palettes and shapes that are bottom heavy with a low centre of gravity. Squat shaped pottery and objects tapering to a large base also convey an earthly appearance of being grounded. Solid, heavy pieces made from dense materials also have this effect, as do rougher textures (more yang). Yang chi moves in a downward direction towards the earth.. Horizontal lines also allude to being grounded and support earthiness.

The imagery presented here is a rumination of  the terrestrial diversity of earth and its related creative products.

 

 

Imagens do nosso planeta Terra - Traditional-tukul-house-Ethiopia

‘Mud hut with a view’  —  Traditional tukul house, Ethiopia

 

 

Raku sculpture - Flow of Time and Space--Anita Feng

Raku sculpture – ‘Flow of Time and Space’ Anita Feng

 

 

Mayan Aztec-maize-God-Goddess plaque

Mayan Aztec maize Goddess plaque/mask

Maize/corn has an earthy fragrance and was honoured due to this connection to the Earth and was regarded for its healing powers.

 

 

 

Three Peaks - Dolomites-Italian Alps

‘Three Peaks’ – Dolomites

Italian Alps

 

 

Earthenware Platter-Sandra Blain River Gallery

Earthenware Platter – Sandra Blain

River Gallery

 

 

Pottery beaker -- Fired Earth Ceramics- Southern Africa

Pottery vase — Fired Earth Ceramics- Southern Africa

 

 

 

Earth Meets Fire Show-Carol Zee

Two abstract ceramic vessels — Carol Zee

Earth Meets Fire Show

 

 

Earth sculpture by Sylvia Simon--bronze, height 48cm

‘Earth’ sculpture by Sylvia Simon

bronze, height 48cm

 

 

Ida Sahmie mother earth rainbow tile

Ida Sahmie mother earth rainbow tile

King Gallerie

 

 

 

GAEA (Γαία) was the Protogenos (primeval divinity) of earth, one of the primal elements who first emerged at the dawn of creation, along with air, sea and sky. She was the great mother

Gaia Earth Goddess with Europa relief

GAEA (Γαία) was the Protogenos (primeval divinity) of earth, one of the primal elements who first emerged at the dawn of creation, along with air, sea and sky.

 

 

Large Peter Rushforth-Blossom Jar

Large Peter Rushforth  drip glaze Blossom Jar

 

 

 

Rare vintage Italian Bitossi pottery vase, designed by Aldo Londi in the 1950s.

Rare vintage Italian Bitossi pottery vase, designed by Aldo Londi in the 1950s.

 

 

Earthquake cracks - Golden Gate Park,1906

Earthquake cracks – Golden Gate Park, 1906

 

 

Shozo Michikawa rough cut vase

Shozo Michikawa

 

 

Black granite Song Version 5 -- John Isherwood

Black granite Song Version 5 John Isherwood, UK

height 60cm

 

 

Kuan Yin translates to Earth Feminine

The name Kuan Yin translates to ‘Earth Feminine’

Photo by Kowit Sitthi

 

 

Sculpture by Le Corbusier- Water, sky, earth-,-1954.-Made out of Polychrome wood

 Le Corbusier- ‘Water, sky, earth’

1954

 

 

Mid Century Modern TOYO black glazed ceramic vase--ikebana-pottery-ideas

Mid Century Modern TOYO black glazed ceramic ikebana vase

 

 

Waylande Gregory-(1905---1971),-Large glazed ceramic plaque-with nude,-USA

Large glazed ceramic plaque with nude — Waylande Gregory

USA

 

Eric-Astoul---Pascal-Vangysel

Eric Astoul vase – La Borne, France

 

 

 

Diala – Digital interpretive aerial  landscape art, NT, AUS

 

 

 

Guido Gambone Signed Glazed Earthenware Jug, Italy circa 1960 Harter Galerie, france Nice

Guido Gambone  Glazed Earthenware Jug, Italy circa 1960

Harter Galerie, Nice, France

 

 

Gilbert Garcin - Life is a theater -- monochrome photo

Gilbert Garcin – ‘Life is a theater’

 

 

Ceramic Totems - hillside installation - BYUH Sculpture

Acu-terrestial ceramic Totems – hillside installation – BYUH Sculpture

 

 

 

Jean Besnard -Earthenware Vase-Circa 1930

Jean Besnard mottled earthenware Vase

France Circa 1930

 

 

Paoli-Bitossi--Alondi

Bitossi Alondi vase with earthy tones, Italy

 

 

Jean Derval -(1925-2010)---Warrior-Sculpture Earth Box

Jean Derval — ‘Warrior Sculpture Earth Box’

 

 

Jelili Atiku,-Festino della Terra-(Alaraagbo-XIII), Street performance

‘Earth Festival’ — Festino della Terra (Alaraagbo XIII), Jelili Atiku Street performance

Palermo, Italy

 

Rosanjin Kitaoji anagami plate

Rosanjin Kitaoji anagama bizen ware plate

 

 

Outdoor naked female statue Waddesdon Manor Gardens, UK And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. -Khalil Gibran

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. -Khalil Gibran

Waddesdon Manor Gardens, UK

 

 

‘World Mandala’ by Neil Tetkowski has 188 different clay samples collected from each country represented by the United Nations.

 

 

Vintage Rock Hard Paul Morris Art Pottery Salt Glazed Earth Tone Stoneware

Vintage Paul Morris Art Pottery Salt Glazed Earth Tone Stoneware Charger

 

 

Baden fountain-Austria

Baden fountain, Austria

 

 

Vicki Grant ---11008--Windows-to-Earth-Series

Vicki Grant  — ‘Windows to Earth Series’

 

 

Fish shaped earthenware jug

Fish shaped earthenware jug  —  Vallauris

 

 

This sculpture depicts a conversation between Hina, the Tahitian Goddess of the Moon, and Te Fatou, the God of the Earth.

Sculpture of Hina, the Tahitian Goddess of the Moon, and Te Fatou, the God of the Earth.

 

 

 

‘The Messenger’ – from Andrew Rogers ‘Rhythm of Life’ land art project

China 2006

 

 

Tatsuzo-Shimaoka ceramic vase

Tatsuzo Shimaoka

 

 

Stan Bitters-Portrait.-Salt of the Earth

Stan Bitters  —  ‘Salt of the Earth’ ceramic wall plaque

60’s

 

 

 

Inca Storage Jar-(Aryballus)

Inca Storage Jar (Aryballus)

 

 

 

Talking Earth--Steve Smith

‘Talking Earth’ by Steve Smith

 

 

Carl-Peverall-stone-sculpture

Carl Peverall stone sculpture

 

 

 

Of the Earth by Lysa Gruzauskas reclining female sculpture

‘Of the Earth’ by Lysa Gruzauskas

 

 

 

Ocher Earth Totem Sculpture by Jacques Barbier, 1990--Artocarpus - Galerie Riviera - Saint ouen

‘Ochre Earth Totem’ Sculpture by Jacques Barbier, 1990

Artocarpus – Galerie Riviera – Saint Ouen

 

 

Nang Talinee,-Lao Earth Goddess

Nang Talinee, Lao Earth Goddess

 

 

 

Vintage Art Pottery Royal Haeger Earth Wrap Jug Pitcher-Eames-Era-Mid-Century

Vintage Art Pottery Royal Haeger Earth Wrap Jug

 

 

Earth Vessel 1---Pit Fired Clay---Tundra of Chugiak. Vicki Gubter

 

Earth Vessel 1—Pit Fired Clay—Tundra of Chugiak, Vicki Gubter

 

 

Jessie MooyVase. Eva in the forest. earthenware. 2013. Villebois Lavalette gallery

Jessie Mooy Vase – ‘Eva in the forest’ – earthenware, 2013

Villebois Lavalette gallery

 

 

Jorge Oteiza,-1955---The earth and the moon

‘The earth and the moon’  —  Jorge Oteiza, 1955

 

 

Jemsen Pottery terra siglillata (sealed-earth) vessel

Jemsen Pottery terra siglillata (sealed-earth) vessel

 

 

Lilian Wessels-sculpture bust

Lilian Wessels – sculpture bust, NL

 

 

 

“Lost Paradise”  — Eve sitting, holding an apple — Edouard Cazaux

 

 

 

Mark Reid - Large, open-mouthed, flatterned spheroidal vase stained a parched earth colour and dipped and trailed in shades of blue, white, red and black. 1985 Bemboka

 Large, open-mouthed, flattened spheroidal vase stained a parched earth colour and dipped and trailed in shades of blue, white, red and black – Mark Reid

1985 Bemboka

 

 

material-EarthGrayson-Perry-‘Bullfighter’

Grayson Perry – ‘Bullfighter’

 

 

Minerve Cathars The dove of Minerve was created in 1962 by Jean-Luc Séverac,

The dove of Minerve —  Jean Luc Séverac

1962

 

 

Danu is the Irish earth Goddess, mother of the Tuatha Dé Danann

‘Danu’ by Maxine Miller

Danu is the Irish earth Goddess, mother of the Tuatha Dé Danann

 

 

Dianne Coulter-'Earth Force'-series-3-Seventh Palmer-sculpture-biennial,-eastern-scarp-of-the-mount-lofty-ranges,-south-australia

Dianne Coulter ‘Earth Force’ series 3  — Seventh Palmer sculpture biennial

South Australia

 

 

Christine McKay —Sisters of the Earth’

 

 

 

Susan Musi---Earth forms

Susan Musi — ‘Earth forms’

 

 

Claude Cavin - seated woman sculpture

Claude Cavin – seated woman raku sculpture

 

 

Cheeky-Peas--Asthall-ManorAnthony-Turner

‘Cheeky Peas’ –Anthony Turner

Asthall Manor

 

 

Christine Remy---gallerie ecusson

Christine Remy — Gallerie Ecusson

 

 

Annie Peaker Earth & Fire-2014-Exhibitor

Annie Peaker  — Earth & Fire 2014 Exhibiton

 

 

 

Anna and Krzysztof Brzuzan ceramic bust

Anna and Krzysztof Brzuzan ceramic bust

 

 

Nasher Return To Earth - Joan Miro and Jose Llorens Artigas

 Joan Miro and Jose Llorens Artigas

Nasher  ‘Return To Earth’ exhibition

 

 

‘Mother of Earth’ – Nicholas Roerich

1937

 

 

Tample Garuda sculpture,-Candi Dukuh

Temple Garuda sculpture, Candi Dukuh. Indonesia

 

 

Joan Miro sculpture - Return to Earth exhibition

Joan Miro sculpture – Return to Earth exhibition

 

 

Hall of the Earth - The Temple of Damanhur

‘Hall of the Earth’ – The Temple of Damanhur

Northern Italy

 

 

Multi-fired stoneware vessel with cinched waist, horizontal score at center and surface colorations, 2012 Unglazed multi-fired stoneware 14 inche height

Ken Mihara Multi-fired stoneware vessel with cinched waist, horizontal score at center and surface colorations

2012 Unglazed  14 inches height

Joan Mirviss Gallery

 

 

 

wpid-desert-breath-by-danae-stratou-Desert Breath” an installation by Alexandra Stratou, Stella Constandines & Danae Stratou.

Monumental “Desert Breath” installation by Alexandra Stratou, Stella Constandines & Danae Stratou

Sahara Desert

 

 

 

Charles Daudelin, La Cavalière, 1963, Sculpture installed in front of the pavilion Gérard Morisset of the Quebec National Museum of Fine Arts in Quebec City

Charles Daudelin, ‘La Cavalière’, 1963

 Quebec National Museum of Fine Arts in Quebec City

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Judith Kuppersmith
    Posted March 25, 2019 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    Always a great mixture of art that inspires and is often transcendent —also seems to be
    speaking directly to contemporary life/art issues.

    Makes me happy when it arrives in my email—and also gets my juices flowing to make
    art……thanks!

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