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Hearts of clay



The heart as an icon :


The use of the heart as an icon for love and devotion has been one of the most enduring through the ages. In the traditional art and folklore of Europe, the heart symbol was drawn in a stylized shape. This shape is typically coloured red, suggesting both blood and, in many cultures, passion and strong emotion. The heart, as one of the red suits in playing cards decks, have existed since the 15th century. The shape is particularly associated with romantic love; it is often seen on St. Valentine’s Day cards, chocolate boxes, and similar popular culture artifacts as a symbol of romantic love. In Eastern spitiuality, the heart is depicted as a lotus with 12 petals, vermilion coloured and known as the Anahata Chakra.

Pink ceramic heart vase by Haeger

Vintage 1980s Haeger Ceramic heart vase



The heart symbol can be traced to before the last Ice Age. Cro-Magnon hunters in Europe used the symbol in pictograms, though it remains a mystery exactly what meaning it held for them. The symbol didn’t become universal until the Middle Ages. The heart icon became a major symbol for medieval heraldry, where it was used to signify sincerity and clarity. In art and chivalric literature, the heart became increasingly seen as synonymous to the Holy Grail.

The Egyptians believed that the heart was the center of life and morality. Egyptian mythology held the belief that after death, your heart is taken to the Hall of Maat to meet the  the Goddess of Justice. There your heart is weighed against the Feather of Maat. If your heart is lighter than the Feather, you join Osiris in the afterlife. As the heart was once widely believed to be the seat of the human soul, the word heart continues to be used poetically to refer to the soul, and stylized depictions of hearts are used as prevalent symbols representing love.

Darrielles Clay Art dish with carved surface

Heart Dish – Darrielles Clay Art



French Daum vase with pink leaf decoration

Daum VaseBlack hearts on pink background - Durand Iridescent Glass Vase

Durand Iridescent Glass Vase


Barovier and Toso-vase in a pink glass

Barovier and Toso pink contemporary vase



A dog sniffing a red poppy flower

SehnsuchtCarved wooden vase - Peter Lowe

Peter Lowe elegant wood carved vase



Natalie Pappas Heart Mugs - NKP Designs

‘Heart Mugs’ – Natalie Pappas – NKP Designs



Art Nouveau bronze bottle with red flowers and undulating stems on a blue background

Art Nouveau flask – (1890 – 1900)

© Bridgeman Art Library  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA

Gift of Mr and Mrs John Mecom, Jnr  Design and Artists Copyright Society



Crystalline glaze heart shape vessel - Hein Severijns

Crystalline glaze – Hein Severijns



Paloma Pottery blue glass heart pendant

Paloma Pottery glas pendant



Smokey heart mug

Smokey Heart Mug

( fine mess pottery )

Anita Feng Bodhi Leaf Heart

Bodhi Leaf Heart Sculpture

Anita Feng



Buddha statue with large pink crystal

Large pink crystal next to Buddha

( woman with wings blog )



 Red glaze Royal Doulton Flambe Lobed Gourd Shaped Baluster Vase,

 Royal Doulton Flambe Lobed Gourd Shaped Baluster Vase, early 20th c.



Abstract design plate-Jack Charney

Jack Charney




Antique Victorian Pink Iris motif vase


A girl painting a heart


Pink Satin Glass Vintage Rose Bud Vase Fluted Rim

Satin Glass Vintage Rose Bud Vase Fluted Rim



Outdoor twin red heart sculpture

‘Twin red hearts’ via Mudworks Pottery


Pink and red LE-VERRE-FRANCAIS tall glass vase

Tall cameo glass vase – La Verre Francais



Jesus mosaic wall art - Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Mosaic of Jesus

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Christopher Mathie small neck hand thrown Raku Red Vessel

Hand thrown Raku Red Vessel

Christopher Mathie



Pink rose vase by Rockwood

Rockwood pink rose vase



Wedgewood Pink Jasperware Vase with white flowers motif

Wedgewood Pink Jasperware Vase

White ceramic cherub with pink mosaic heart

Shabby Chic Home Decor

Matt glaze pink-ovoid vase

Ovoid pink vase

Albert-Louis Dammouse ceramic cup on stand - Musee d'Orsay - Paris

Albert-Louis Dammouse  – Cup on stand  – 1910

Musee d’Orsay  – Paris

Koru Heart

Koru Heart – red

( NZ ceramic artist Robyn Kunin )

Artist laurel True - Yerba Buena Mosaic Heart, San Francisco

Yerba Buena Mosaic Heart, San Francisco

Laurel True


Red flared lip vase

Rich red vase

Pair of French Sarreguemines Pink Glazed Vases.

Pair of Sarreguemines Pink Glazed Vases.

Yamoto folded ceramic vessel

Folded ceramic vase – Yamoto



Frosted Crystal Heart Perfume Bottle in red and frosted glass

Frosted Crystal  Heart Perfume Bottle



Chris Hawkins raku vessel in orange in pink hues

Chris Hawkins raku vessel

Healing fractal heart image

Healing Heart Fractal

Updated  27/6/2013 :

Marble leaf tray set

Marble heart leaf tray set with meenakari and kundan work painting – Jaipur

Lynne Armstrong Earthenware heart with carved surface

Lynne Armstrong Earthenware Heart – Dallas Tx

Photo Evans Caglage

Natural Rock Heart

Natural Rock Heart

Cecilia Artistic Ceramics cups with red heart motifs

Cecilia Artistic Ceramics  – Italy

Wall art Raku Nature Inspired Hand Built Ceramics by Elena Miller

Raku Nature Inspired Hand Built Ceramics by Elena Miller

Choi Jeong Hwa red lotus in water - Western Australia

Red Lotus sculpture by Choi Jeong Hwa, Perth, AUSTRALIA, 2012

Lino Tagliapietra red glass Vase c1979-80

Lino Tagliapietra Vase   c 1979 – 1980

( Skinner Auctions )

Sally and Neil MacDonell ceramics

Sally and Neil MacDonell  large ceramic heart  – UK

Qing Dynasty Qia Long Imperial bottle - red flowers pattern on brass surface

Qing Dynasty Qia Long Imperial Ware Vase



This heart-shaped pendant consists of a gold plated silver plate in which are embedded cornelians from Afghanistan

Silver and Cornelian heart shaped pendant

Afghanistan, 18th-19th century

Paris – Musée du quai Branly

Bill Campbell Ceramic Vase

Bill Campbell Vase

Red roses on a green teapot - Yvonne Brown

Red roses teapot – Yvonne Brown

Charles Lotton Opal Cypriot lamp - blue flowers on a pink background

 A Charles Lotton Opal Cypriot lamp


Schoonhoven-vase,-Dutch bulbous shape with painted organic designs on a mottled pink and ivory ground.

Schoonhoven vase, Dutch, bulbous shape with painted organic designs

Tina Amidon red mosaic sculpture vessel

Tina Amidon heart mosaic, Oakland

Amphora Art Nouveau vase, in the Volate

Amphora vase, in the Volate

Jonathan Harris Glass Amphora-Gold-Ruby vase

Eden Amphora Gold Ruby

Jonathan Harris Glass

elephant-heart Justin-and-Jason-Senft

Elephant Heart

Justin and Jason Senft Photography

Leon Volkmar pink and white vaseLeon Volkmar vase

Yolanda’s Pink, Gold and Red Mosaic Heart

Yolanda’s Mosaic Heart on Flickr – Institute of Mosaic Art

Art Nouveau glass vase

Art Nouveau glass vase

Fimo Heart

Fimo Heart By Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi

Anthony Hansen - wall hearts

Anthony Hansen – 3 wall hearts

Ecole-de-Nancy---céramique vase with floral motif

Ecole de Nancy and Pierre Joseph Mougin ceramic Mougin, large bottle Syrène or Nymph. porcelain

romyandclare-on-Etsy ceramic carved surface heart bowls



Barbara Hertel

Oregon Potters

carved stone heart - labrocanteuse.blogspot.com.au

Heart in hand stone carved



Love Sculpture – James Avery

Wednesday's-Child'-is-a-graceful statue by Helen Sinclair

‘Wednesday’s Child’ by Helen Sinclair

Potted Pink Arum Lilies

Potted Pink Arum Lilies






Raku heart family – Martin O’Neil





Heart shaped glass vase – Murano, Italy




Southwest Heart Treasure Box, by JillsTreasureChest-etsy



Retro Futurism Heart Cone Chair – Verner Panton




Mitchell-Grafton,-Grafton-Studios Queen Of Hearts red and white ceramic figurine

‘Queen Of Hearts’ – Michael Grafton




Bleeding-Hearts-flowers in a pinky red

Bleeding Heart Flower

( don’t ingest, it’s poisonous )





 French Angel sculpture with rhinestone halo and a jewelled gold heart

Anita Spero Design



a-big-heart-like-this - Josepha-Résine sculpture

‘A big heart like this’ – Josepha Résine

Starting her career as  French fashion designer, Josepha Résine moved onto sculpting.



(Dominique-Seiwert)BEACH-HEART-LOLITA-JAUNE,-2013 abstract heart sculpture

‘Beach Heart Lolita Jaune’ – Dominique Seiwert




Optical heart pattern on female body – canvas by Chris Maher



Chris Maher-Heart-Symmetrical-Cloudscape

Chris Maher – ‘Symmetrical Cloudscape’




Edgecomb Potters – Hearts for Gosia





Jumbo repurposed metal sculpture— Anthony Hansen



Juz-Kitson ceramic heart sculpture

Juz Kitson




Mosaic glass heart— Shelly Armas




Pink Art-Glass-and-Silver-Perfume-Bottle

Pink glass perfume bottle



Cecelia-Ceramiche ceramic heart cork stoppers

Cecelia Ceramiche ceramic hearts




Dew Hearts Pottery





Stevie Wonder was a prolific writer of love songs so I have included two here from his classic 1979 double album ” Journey through the secret life of plants “


‘Tree’ – Stevie Wonder

‘Outside my window’ – Stevie Wonder


Egyptian Pottery

egyptian black pot with tapered base on display at National Museum of Natural HistoryEgyptian Black Pot

National Museum of Natural History

Wahington DC


Glazed Faience Pottery Vessel with two handles Roman Period Egypt

Glazed Faience  Pottery Vessel Roman Period Egypt

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California.


History Of Egyptian Pottery : The ancient Egyptians were gifted artisans and pottery was an art where they excelled. Egypt in the pre dynastic period produced pottery of very high quality.  Egypt made pottery before  building  the Pyramids. This is evident from the presence of  older hieroglyphic writing with characters which have images of earthen vessels. Pictures of pottery vessels and small pieces of pottery have been found in tombs of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Dynasties, contemporary with and after the building of the Great Pyramid. From 3000BC on  their pottery was decorated with depictions of animals, humans, boats and various other patterns and symbols. Two main veins of pottery existed during this period, pottery from Nile clay ( red/brown after firing ) and pottery from marl clay ( usually polished to give a lustrous look )


Egyptian Horus falcon ritual vessel

Horus falcon vessel


Ancient Egyptian pottery was originally made  for functional reasons rather than for decorative  purposes. The different forms of Egyptian pottery had a multitude of applications.. The amphora, in Egypt as in all ancient countries was the most common and most useful vase, and was made in all sizes, from the three-inch oil or perfume holder to the immense jar of three or four feet in height, for holding water, wine, oil, or grain. The reason the amphora vessels had a tapered end was so they could be pushed into the earth and stand on their own when used for storage. The pithos (so called by the Greeks), was an immense tub, cask, or vase of pottery,  made in Egypt as in all the Oriental countries. It was used in the household cellar, where meats and provisions were stored. This was sometimes six feet in diameter, always made of coarse unglazed pottery. The later artistic Egyptian pottery was siliceous, (  between earthenware and porcelain ), possessing a fine grain and being able to resist high temperatures.  It was  generally covered with a thin glaze, colored blue or green by oxides of copper. As Egyptian pottery became more decorated it also became an expression of religious sentiment and an expression of revered symbols.

Four Egyptian pots with surface decorations

Enameled pottery of Egypt : The art of covering pottery with enamel was invented by the Egyptians at a very early date. Steatite (or soapstone, as some varieties are called) is easily worked, and bears great heat without cracking. From this material the Egyptians carved small pieces–vases, amulets, images of deities, animals and other objects–and covered them with green, blue, and occasionally red, yellow, and white enamel, which when baked became brilliant and enduring. Objects in enamelled steatite were  known from the very early periods. A small cylinder from the Trumbull-Prime collection, obtained at Thebes bears the cartouche of a king, Amunmhe III., of the Twelfth Dynasty, whose date is placed at about 2000 B.C. The enamel is pale-green, almost white, except in the engraved lines, where, being thicker, it shows more color.

Egyptian footed blue vessel with lotus decoration

Ancient Egyptian Lotus Chalice 1479 -1353  BCE

(  Museum of Fine Arts Boston )



The beauty of the enamel on these pottery objects has been the envy of potters in modern times. The blue has never been surpassed, if, indeed, it has ever been equaled. Objects three thousand years old retain the splendor of their original color; and this leads to the inference that the variety of the shades of blue found on them is not the result of time, but the original intent of the makers. These shades vary from the most intense bleu-de-roi and pure turquoise to pale-blue tints approaching white. The color is usually remarkably uniform on the object. Several of the rare colors of old Chinese porcelain are thus found in ancient Egyptian enamels. The same enamel was occasionally applied to soft pottery. The Egyptians were the first to employ the potters wheel ( hand turned ) and some believe they were the first to implement glazing. They are also credited with being the first to use crockery ware  ( 1500 BC ) .

Covering pottery with enamel was invented by the Egyptians at a very early date. Steatite (or soapstone, as some varieties are called) is easily worked, and bears great heat without cracking. Many  small carved objects were covered with green, blue, and occasionally red, yellow, and white enamel, which when baked became brilliant and enduring.

Egyptian Pottery , Louvre, Paris

Hand painted Egyptian pottery

Egyotian green ceramic vessel, Louvre

  • Ancient Egyptian faience – Louvre, Paris

Egyptian cobalt blue glaze pottery

Egyptian cobalt blue glaze vessel , Louvre

Egypt pot with spiral motif

Egyptian  pot with spiral motif

Egyptian Chalice Lourve with lotus decoration 22nd Dynasty, 945-715 BC

Egyptian Lotus Chalice (siliceous faience)

22nd Dynasty, 945-715 BC Louvre

Egyptian pottery with hiroglyphics, Lourve

The vase reads, center line, then left, then right, top to bottom: center :

The good god, Nebmaatre, given life; left: the son of Re, Amenhotep, Ruler of (Wast-Uast)(Thebes), eternally; right: the king’s great wife, Tiye

( Louvre Paris )

Egyptian Pottery with hieroglyphics

Egyptian pottery with hieroglyphs

faience Egyptian pottery with raised relief decoration

Raised relief decoration faience pottery, Egypt


Neolithic Egyptian pottery bird


blue Sphinx Amenothep-III ceramic statue

The sovereign’s sphinx Amenothep III bidder to the gods



Egyptian blue faience-hippo figurine with surface decorations with Eye Of Horus

Faience hippopotamus, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11-12

In ancient Egypt blue (irtyu) was the colour of the heavens and hence represented the universe.



Egyptian Pots at the Lourve with geometric styling

Egyptian pitchers with geometric decoration

Louvre, Paris



Egyptian Isis Ceramic Statue

Woman with child. Terracotta phial, New Kingdom (16th-11th BCE), Egypt.

Musée du Louvre



Ancient Egyptian Bowl in blue faience with drawn image of a woman

Musician. Blue faience glaze bowl (about 1300 BCE), 19th Dynasty, New Kingdom, Egypt.


Blue Ushebti figure of Pharaoh Seti I

Ushebti figure (servant of the defunct) of Pharaoh Seti I (1301-1290 BCE).19th dynasty. Blue faience. N 472

Louvre, Departement des Antiquites Egyptiennes, Paris, France



Eye of horus----gold with inlays pendant

Ouadjet eye, the Sacred Eye of Horus

Cairo Egyptian Museum



Egyptian-terracotta-pot with geometric surface pattern and twin lugs

Egyptian pot with a carved repetitive geometrical surface.

Egyptian Amulet faience ankar

Faience amulet in the shape of an ankh, 25th dynasty to Late Period, about 700-500 BCE.

It represents a wish, probably for the king, of  ” life, power and stability for millions of years “.

The amulet was acquired by Lord Kitchener in the Sudan, probably at Gebel Barkal and originated in a temple.

( lessing Archive )


Egyptian Yoga wall relief art of an Egyptian girl doing stretching pose

Egyptian Yoga ?  wall relief fragment ( Lessing Archive )

Egyptian Long necked vessel with spherical base

An Egyptian long necked vessel,  found at Abydos and dates from the New Kingdom period, ca. 1570 – 1070 BCE.

The ancient Egyptian potters were adept at using different colors of Egyptian paste to create patterns of color on the fired ware.



four Canopic jars

Ceramic Canopic Jars


Egyptian Bronze Head – Louvre, Paris

Canopic Shrine from tomb of King Tut

King Tut Canopic Shrine

Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, Egypt

( Hans Ollermann – Flickr )

Osiris wall relief art

Osiris wall painting in the vaulted tomb of Sennedjem , Luxor, Egypt

( Lessing Photo Archive )

l44arge kneeling statue of Hatshepsut Flickr Photo Sharing

Dynasty 18, joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III  – (ca. 1473-1458 B.C.)

From Thebes, originally from Hatshepsut’s temple at Deir el-Bahri

According to the inscription on the base, “Maatkare” (Hatshepsut) is represented here as “the one who gives Maat to Amun”. Maat was the goddess of order, balance and justice. When a pharaoh offered an image of Maat to another deity, it was a reaffirmation that honor was the guiding principle of his/her rule.

The Met, New York

( ggnyc – flickr )

Egyptian blue painted terracotta jar decorated with geometric styled flowers and grapes, and a jar lid.

Blue painted terracotta jar decorated with flowers and grapes, and a jar lid. – Tell el-Amarna.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


Faience-Vessel-egypt with carved decorations

Faience Vessel with procession of four bulls and lotus flowers.

( Brooklyn Museum )

Blue libation vase with flared base, Egypt

Egyptian Libation vase bearing the name of Thutmose IV.

( Brooklyn Museum )

Twin handled pilgrim flask -- Egyptian

Pilgrim flask – Egyptian New Kingdom Period  1570-1070 BC

Polychrome glass cup with handles- Egyptian in blue with overlay yellow decoration

Polychrome glass cup, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18. 1370–1335 BCE. Egypt, El-Amarna

Water bottle from Tutankhamun, Egypt in red and blue with a long neck and flared lip

Water bottle from Tutankhamun’s embalming cache, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun, ca. 1336–1327 B.C

Egyptian alabaster jar with lid

Egyptian alabaster jar

Update 13/5/2014
Jar-with-male-figures-Probably-late-Naqada-I-–-early-Naqada-II -(ca. 3700–3450 BC)
Jar with male figures Probably late Naqada I – early Naqada II (ca. 3700–3450 BC) Provenance: unknown; purchased in Luxor by Jean Capart, 1909 

Ritual vessel (hes-jar) Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period to Old Kingdom,-Dynasty-1–,-2960–2465-B.C

Egyptian, Early Dynastic (Egyptian); Dynasty2, Squat-jar, 2770-2152-BC

Egyptian, Early Dynastic (Egyptian); Dynasty 2, Squat-jar, 2770-2152-BC

Canopic Jar with an Image Representing the Hieroglyph for Face Period New Kingdom Dynasty-18
             Canopic Jar with an Image Representing the Hieroglyph for Face Period New Kingdom Dynasty-18
Boeotian Late Geometric pyxis with depiction of a lion-fighter

Boeotian Late Geometric pyxis with depiction of a lion-fighter


An Egyptian veined serpentine vessel. Predynastic---Early Dynastic Period,-circa-3200-3000-B.C

An Egyptian veined serpentine vessel. Predynastic—Early Dynastic Period,-circa-3200-3000-B.C

Egyptian painted pottery jar. NewKingdom-1391-1307-BC

Egyptian painted pottery jar. NewKingdom-1391-1307-BC


Egyptian Memphis Situla with raised relief  decoration –  DYNASTY XXV XXVI


Egyptian Andesite Porphry Jar--,-2920-2649-B.C

Egyptian Andesite Porphry Jar – 2920-2649-B.C

Calcite Jug 18th Dynasty,-reign of Tuthmosis III - Amenhotep-III,-1479-1353

Calcite Jug 18th Dynasty,-reign of Tuthmosis III – Amenhotep III

1479-1353 BC

Egyptian Faience Cat- Sadigh Gallery

Egyptian Blue Faience Cat –  26th Dynasty

Sadigh Gallery

Vase, Coptic period-7thn century.-Egypt

Vase, Coptic period-7th century. Egypt

Height 19 inches

 The differences between the quality of ceramics owned by the rich and the poor were significant. Pottery found in the environs of the palaces at Amarna and Malqata and therefore sometimes referred to as “palace ware”, was more often than not elaborately decorated or made of beautifully polished marl looking a bit like alabaster, while the crockery in the near-by villages was mostly red earthenware made of Nile mud.

Egyptian Storage Jar with floral decorations

Large storage jar with floral decoration Period: Ptolemaic Period Date: late 3rd–2nd century B.C.

Blue Painted Ibex Amphora from Malqata.-Ca.-1390–1353-B.C.,-Egypt,-Upper-Egypt;-Thebes,-Malqata

Blue-Painted Ibex Amphora from Malqata. Ca. 1390–1353 B.C., Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Malqata.

This vase is in excellent condition and was found during the excavations of the palace of Amenhotep III




Bowl with scene of a man hunting a hippopotami-Late Naqada-I–-early Naqada-II

Egyptian bowl with a scene of a man hunting a hippopotamis

Late Naqada-I–-early Naqada-II




The sidelock of youth was protective in nature,-inspired by-the young god Horus' hairstyle

Carved relief based on the sidelock of youth which was protective in nature, inspired by the young god Horus’ hairstyle. It involved shaving the head, leaving only a single, plaited lock, sometimes shaped like a S, hanging down on the side of the head which had sacred amulets attached to it.




Perfume Vase Egypt,-New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18, ca. 1350-1309 BC

Small perfume vase Egypt.  Blue and black petals are arranged like a collar around the neck of this white faience vase.

New Kingdom, late Dynasty  18, ca. 1350-1309 BC

peterjr1961 on Flickr (cc)





Egyptian pot with finely incised surface decoration from reign of Amenhotep IV Akhenaten





Wall relief art of Egyptian woman Tomb of Menna-,-Luxor-,-Egypt

Wall relief art of Egyptian woman at the Tomb of Menna, Luxor, Egypt





Egyptian limestone cosmetic jar -raised relief of Horus Eye and the Sha with square-tipped ears and stiff tail.

Late kingdom, 18th Dynasty





Bes (cat) figure, hand carved surface decoration

New Kingdom Dynasty- Dynasty 18 – ca. 1550–1295 B.C.




 Triple carved oil lamp from a single piece of alabaster. It represents lotus flowers growing from a pond

Egypt, New Kingdom.




Egyptian Jar-with-Was-scepters-and-Ankhs

Jar from Egypt with Was-scepters and Ankhs





Shawabti of the Lady of the House – Sati Medium

ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.

Brooklyn Museum



More ancient Egyptian art HERE   ( veniceclayartists post )