Greenware and Impressionism



Ovoid Camille Faure Art Deco Vase with geometric and abstract patterns in greems and black

 Camille Faure Art Deco Vase – 1920’s



This post isn’t about environmentally friendly  pottery, but simply about  clay objects  that that have the colour green. Not that ” green ” enviroware isn’t worthy of being mindful about. The gemstones of aquamarine and jade are related to the planet Neptune and hence the colour green is associated with this planet along with its actual aqua appearance. During the middle of 2011, Neptune completed its first orbit of the Sun  since its discovery in 1846. This took 165 years and astrological tradition believes that the full force of a planet doesn’t occur until it has fulfilled its first orbit.

Planet Neptune



The ancient Egyptians acknowledged the existence of Neptune and called it Nu and similar to current beliefs believed it was connected to deep subconscious impulses, dreams, mystery, intuition, creativity,idealism and the abstract.. At the time of its discovery it was transiting through the sign that it rules ( Pisceas ) where it has enhanced powers and during this time the Impressionist movement took shape. Art moved away  from the literal representation of form and structure, replacing it with a dreamlike “impressionistic” use of colours and textures. The most conspicuous characteristic of Impressionism was an attempt to accurately and objectively record visual reality in terms of transient effects of light and colour.

Classically trained Édouard Manet ( 1832 – 1883) decided he wanted to capture impressions more immediately in one sitting with his models and developed brush techniques to realize this. He painted in patches of colour which was later adapted by other impressionists like Monet and Renoir, breaking up Manet’s colour patches into much tinier patches, flecks, and dabs of colour. Without adopting Manet’s alla prima (“at once”) technique they couldn’t have painted fast enough to capture the shifting effects of light. The much slower application of layers was replaced by a mercurial,  intuitive choice of colours which added vibrancy to their art. At the Cafe Guerbois near Manet’s studio, he was the unofficial head of the twice-weekly meetings, which included  Monet, Renoir, Degas, Alfred Sisley, Émile Zola, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, and others to pioneer this new impressionistic style. Their early camaraderie was probably needed to survive the early rejection by critics of their radical impressionism.

Claude Monet describing his shift in focus to another painter  –– “When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you — a tree, a house, a field. . . . Merely think, here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape.” He believed in following his intuitive perception and first impressions. Among the Impressionist painters, Claude Monet seemed to be the most “rebellious” in the eyes of the critics during that time, preferring to work outdoors then in the studio ( most artists at the time rarely vestured beyond the studio ) . His passion was to capture the scenes of the countryside as well as the scenes of everyday life–considered simplistic by his critics.Claude Monet Impression: soleil levant

Impressionistic like  textures and colour styles can occur naturally when firing pottery, especially with the techniques that have an unpredictability to them like Raku , where the mystery seems to lead to an ethereal appearance. Now that Neptune, the cauldron of the imagination , has had its first birthday and returned to Pisces for the next 14 years , it will be interesting to see what new art styles manifest.


Emili Biarnes Studio Art Pottery Sculptural Modernist Vase

Emili Biarnes Studio Art Pottery Sculptural Modernist Vase Vessel

Carbonation similar to metallic lustre process , worked with bismuth , silver and copper after a hard reduction in a gas kiln to produce this lustre glaze.



Green Van Briggle Nouveau Vase with botanical decoration

Van Briggle



Vince Pitelka pitcher with pressed geometric patterns

Vince Pitelka  clay marquetry pitcher



Sylvac pottery jug- Art Nouveau botanical styling with heron handle

Sylvac green glazed pottery jug -1960




Art Nouveau Fruit bowl carried by a putto

 JUGENDSTIL ( German Art Nouveau ) ceramic, Gmunden

 Fruit bowl carried by a putto. { Lessing Archive }



 Turquoise glaze teapot with twisted handleTurquoise teapot



Grueby gourd shaped green vase

Grueby gourd shaped vase



Adrienne_Fierman-contemporary bowl

Adrienne Fierman



Song Dynasty porcelain pillow

Song Dynasty porcelain pillow




Paul Dachsel Vase with raised pine cones for decoration

Paul Dachsel Amphora Vase

( Treadway Toomey Galleries )



Charlotte Read ceramic tile art nouveau

Charlotte Rhead  Ceramic Tile ( Meridian Gallery )




Large Green Oribe Sculptural vase by Kato Yasukage

Large Oribe Sculptural vase by Kato Yasukage

Robert Yellin Gallery



Mid-Century ceramic vessel - Palshus, Denmark

Mid-Century ceramic vessel – Palshus, Denmark




Moorcroft Chapada Sun Conure Vase with a bird in a tree with white flowers

Moorcroft Chapada Sun Conure Vase




Catalina art nouveau vase- twin handled

Catalina Vase



Hayne Bayless teapot

Hayne Bayless



Christy Knox green glazed juice jug

Christy Knox juice pitcher



Green and maroon raku pottery vessel

Raku vessel



Earthenware tray with floral hand painted decorationby Joseph Théodore Deck

Earthenware tray by Joseph Théodore Deck

( Detroit Institute of Arts )



 Weller Fru Russet urn/vase with twin handles

 Weller Fru Russet urn/vase

( Pats Pots )



Antique Portugese Palissy Snake Vase

Antique Portuguese Palissy Snake Vase



Chinese Song Dynasty Green Celadon Vase

Song Dynasty Celadon Vase



Tall Telco green vase

Melville P. White for Gates Potteries (TECO) , Illinois , “Chrysanthemum,” ca. 1905



Anne Ginkel ovoid vessel

Anne Ginkel ovoid vessel



American Roseville Montacello vase with twin handles

Roseville  Montacello vase



Lisa Holt green vessel

Lis Holt ( NPA )



French ceramique vase by Clement MassierClement Massier

Musee D’Orsay Paris



Meisenthal Cristallerie glass Vase

Meisenthal Cristallerie Vase- France




  1. Roland von Rummel
    Posted September 24, 2015 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    Please, note that the correct name of the glas factory in Lorraine where E. Gallé started his glass career is MEISENTHAL, with one “L” only. The correct name for the St. Amand potter is Henri de VALLOMBREUSE (ca 1856-1919), and not Vallombrosa.

  2. Jocelita Corrêa
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Fiquei absolutamente fascinada!

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