Pottery Arts – The Masters



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Masters of the ceramic arts :


This post celebrates the potters and pottery companies that have been recognized for their contribution to the ceramic arts with their unique designs, innovations and classic creations and their influence in introducing new styles and movements in the field of ceramics. Artists that are less recognized but have created masterful pieces are also included. In some instances this might come from one of those days where moments of inspiration find their way into the studio and a unique piece of art is the outcome. Or maybe the kiln roulette just happens to deliver a truly remarkable ceramic.

Potters can spend years experimenting and trying different clays, glazes and kiln temperatures looking for that extraordinary appearance or trying to rediscover techniques that were lost in antiquity. New technologies and materials also present fresh challenges and a new frontier of art is forever beckoning. The diversity of parameters makes the pottery arts a journey of evolution and intrigue. Sometimes chance delivers an unexpected result or a more deliberate method is indulged with a perfect conclusion. The element of discovery is always a driving force in the claysrt discipline and it’s a continual pleasure to witness these achievements in pottery.



Edwin & Mary Sheier

Edwin & Mary Sheier



Edwin & Mary Sheier

Edwin & Mary Sheier



Sculptural Handles Vase By Émile DeCoeur

Sculptural Handles Vase By Émile DeCoeur



Stig Lindberg Figural Horse

Stig Lindberg Figural Horse – Gustavsberg, Sweden




Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu



Jug by Emille Galle, France




Beatrice Wood vase

Beatrice Wood –  iridescent drip glaze gourd shape vase

Beatrice Wood,-1893-1998

Tea bowl  – Beatrice Wood

( 1893-1998 )



Ceramic Sculpture By Claud Conover

Ceramic sculptural vessel  by Claud Conover





Clyde Burt

Clyde Burt

Clyde Burt Ovoid Pot

Clyde Burt – abstract ovoid pot

( Wrights Auctions )


Delphin Massier - Vallauris

Delphin Massier -iridescent vase

Vallauris, France</


De Morgan - Ceramic vase

De Morgan – Ceramic vase






Ernest Chaplet bowl





LONGWY Figural Vase - 466x575

Longwy Figural Vase, France



Matsui Kôsei (1927-2003)

Matsui Kôsei (1927-2003)



Max Laeuger

Max Laeuger – 1897


Ruth Duckworth bowl

Ruth Duckworth bowl



Hans Coper ceramic bottle

Hans Coper sculptural ceramic bottle


Hans Coper

Hans Coper



Taxille Doat

Taxile Doat

Taxile Doat (1851-1939) was a French potter who is primarily known for his experimentation with high-fired porcelain (grand feu) and stoneware using the pâte-sur-pâte technique. His book on these techniques Grand Feu Ceramicswas published in 1905 and helped spread his discoveries internationally




René Buthaud ,Vase





BUTHAUD-René,A bowl

 René Buthaud, bowl


Frederick Rhead

Frederick Rhead

Frederick Rhead, one of the pioneers of mass production ceramics is best remembered for his Fiesta Dinnerware.




mihara ken

Mihara Ken




Mihara Ken

Mihara Ken




Peter Voulkos mid century vessels

Peter Voulkos mid-century vessels



1940s Ceramic Vase by Pierrefonds

1940s Ceramic Vase by Pierrefonds, France



Barbara Hepworth 959

Barbara Hepworth 1959



Gertrude and Otto Natzler

Gertrude and Otto Natzler



Gertrude and Otto Natzler

 Bulbous, stem-mouthed gourd-form of porcellaneous red clay glazed in a superior rendition of the Natzlers starry night crystalline.




Gertrude and Otto Natzler



Lucie Rie

Lucie Rie




Lucie Rie

Lucie Rie




Shane Norrie bpwl

Shane Norrie bowl – Canada

Hideaki Miyamura, vase

Hideaki Miyamura, vase

Vase - Edouard Cazaux

30’s crackle glaze vase – Edouard Cazaux, France

Dunand Jean

Jean Dunand -Switzerland

( 1877-1942 )

F.-Carlton-Ball 1967

F.-Carlton-Ball 1967

Rick Rudd sculptural vase

Rick Rudd – sculptural vase, NZ


Otto Heino blue glazed stoneware vase

Vivika and Otto Heino

Spherical vase – Vivika and Otto Heino

( Bonhams, San Fransisco )

“Pottery, if it is to be of any lasting value, must have life…How is this ‘life’ achieved in one’s work? It is the result of the combination of two factors: the completeness of craftsmanship and the expression of the indivduality of the potter.” – Viveka Heino

Weller Jap Birdimal Vase

Weller Jap Birdimal Vase

Clarice Cliff Jug

Clarice Cliff  ” Coral Firs ” jug

( Boldon Auctions )

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  1. Anonymous
    Posted April 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I love doughnuts <3

  2. Natasha Lee
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    This post has reminded me just why exactly I adore your blog. Not only for your love of pottery, but also because you recognize the hard work and dedication potters give just to complete one piece of art, that may take from a day to years to complete. You recognize renown potters as well as those who are less recognized and that is beautiful.

  3. Sanela K
    Posted December 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on the beautiful composition of this site and insightful comments. The Wahliss vase you feature is especially beautiful for it’s complexity. It is not a Pergamon but a Japonisme piece and has been decorated in the same style over several molds. Keep up the fabulous work & Thank you!

  4. Posted October 1, 2016 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    As a member of the San Francisco Ceramic Circle we have been exposed to great works from many time periods. These pieces hold their own and provide an exciting introductions to the 20th century. These imaginative forms and beautiful glazes fill us with admiration.

  5. Sonja Brzak
    Posted November 8, 2016 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Dear Sirs,
    For many years we, the artistic ceramics, mainly containers.
    I would like to collaborate with you in terms of sales or presentation.
    I paint and oil paintings and new collection vessel is a combination of pictures, drawings and ceramics.
    Please contact me so I can send photos.
    In anticipation of the answer,
    best regards,
    ak.slik.Sonja Brzak

  6. Gina McCulloh
    Posted January 3, 2017 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Hands down the most beautiful site I have visited. WOW nice job.

  7. Giles
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Pierrefonds art nouveau vase is wrong,it’s made by Gabriel fourmaintreaux of desvres.

  8. Giles
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    Pierrefonds art nouveau vase, is made by Gabriel fourmaintreaux of desvres.

  9. Robbie Hood
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Historical Design claims it was by Olivier de Sorra / Pierrefonds (Count Hallez d’Arros) link Olivier de Sorra / Pierrefonds (Count Hallez d’Arros)-1900 —link http://historicaldesign.com/product/olivier-de-sorra-pierrefonds-count-hallez-darros-french-art-nouveau-six-branch-vase-c-1900/ I’ll credit with both

  10. Rik van Wegen
    Posted November 1, 2018 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mr. Hood, I am so curious if you have any idea of the whereabouts of the Max Läuger Vase you show. Somewhere in the 1970’s my grandmother offered me its ‘brother’ telling me that my grandfather and a friend of his bought the set of two at an auction, this was in Holland, and split the set up between the two of them. The one I have has the same model and colours, but different forms and pattern in the leaves. I I could upload , you would receive an immage. Rik

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