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Yoga merged with clayart




Clay pottery goes through many transmutations that are analogous with yoga during its creation. The stretching, kneading and contortions it experiences is not dissimilar to what yogic practitioners subject themselves to when practicing their asanas ( postures) in the pursuit of agility and good health. Added to this is when the clay becomes an object of intense concentration during formation, being scrutinized and contemplated till deep meditative moments arise that lead to illumination for its design. Not to mention the exhilaration of the whirling dervish moments it can experience when being thrown on the wheel. At times it is privileged to experience the flashes of brilliance from its creator, which surely infuses it with a sense of wholeness and contentment. Next comes the purifying powers of the kiln unleashing its subtle and unpredictable refining forces not unlike the “ fire of yoga “. If it survives the post kiln scrutiny, it can go on to further glory, rather then be discarded from the Path into the reject bin. Now for the deep cleansing it receives in the cleanup that takes it to its final Enlightenment where it experiences an eternity of bhakti yoga (adoration) when on display.

 Marjory Bankson in her book ” The Soulwork of Clay – A hands on approach to Spirituality” states –  “Working with clay is a way to get our hands dirty and our minds clear “.  She also alludes to it being a kind of primal therapy with the statement “We were all mud-loving children once”.  



expanding white flower gif

yogini painting by Holly Sierra

Holly Sierra


Retro Thai lady lamp

Mid century oriental Siamese lady lamp

(  beetle2001cybergreen – flickr )

  Bill Campbell lotus bowl

 Bill Campbell lotus plate





Ganesh statue, Ubud, Bali



Lidded bue Lotus Jar

Blue Lotus Jar – Moorcroft – 2009

The divine image of the lotus is often used to symbolize purity.

colorful elephant statue on the street The Elephant Parade is an open air art exhibition of life size models of elephants held for the preservation of the Asian elephant. Held in the streets of Holland, Belgium and London over the years, the Elephant Parade has raised millions of Euros for the Elephant Family charity- which is working with the Wildlife trust of India in preserving the Asian elephant.



Sacred Om symbol in coral, gold and turqoise

‘Om’ turquoise and coral inlay pendant




Carved-teak mandala -wall-panel

Exquisite teak mandala screen


Wicked Clay Girl wabi sabi wavey bowl

Bowl with a ceramic wavy organic shape for a meditation bowl in wabi sabi turquoise

WickedClayGirl – Etsy



Peacock Jar- Anne Webb

Raku Peacock Jar by Anne Webb

Meditation Shrine

Meditation Shrine

Cindy Fuqua pottery vessel with horse hair decorations

Cindy Fuqua horse hair pottery





Buddha, pumpkin convergence

Tribute to Miyashita Zenji vase

Miyashita Zenji vase   ( 1939 – 2012 )

( Joan B Mirvis Gallery )

Ginkgo Meditation Vase Celery green glaze

Green Ginkgo Meditation Vase

( JW art pottery )


Japanese Imari bowl



Clarice Cliff jug -1929-1931

Clarice Cliff –  1929-1931

Peruvian raku lotus bottle - Armando Romero

Peruvian raku lotus bottle – Armando Romero



Two Trees at Midnight by Linda Starr

 ‘Two Trees At Midnight’ –  Linda Starr

( bluestarrgallery blogspot )

Campbell Pottery Studios

Campbell Pottery Studios

Grace-Cheng tri legged ceramic vessel

Grace Cheng tri legged ceramic vessel

Muncie Matte Blue Vase

Muncie Matte Blue Vase

Meditation figurine by Buddahbuilder

Meditation figurine by Buddahbuilder



Van Briggle Pottery turquoise vase

Van Briggle turquoise Vase





Asian fabric lotus print



Vase signed – Flowering Cherry Tree Japanese Inspired

( Rubylane )

CONTEMPLATION-ceramic vessel by Ann Mallory

‘Contemplation Vessel’ – Ann Mallory

Dancing Dakini - Musée Guimet - Paris

Dancing Dakini – Musée Guimet – Paris

The largest museum of Buddhist art in Europe.

Meditation by Victor Salmon

Meditation by Victor Salmon

Large natural Lingham Stone from India

Large Shiva Lingham stone naturally formed by the currents of the Narmada River, India

( Lawton Mull 1stDibs )

Smiling Stone Buddha

Smiling stone Buddha

Toseland om vase

Om Vase – Toseland Glass

Mandala Pendant Shimmer Creek

Mandala Pendant

( ShimmerCreek – Etsy )


Raku ‘Buddha in Clouds’ – Anita Feng

Brian Kakas abstract sculpture

Abstract ceramic sculpture  – Brian Kakas

( Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Northern Michigan University )

Michael Wein Raku Bottle

Michael Wein Raku Bottle



Jingdezhen-Kiln-Qingbai-Glaze porcelain crane candlestick holder

Jingdezhen Kiln Qingbai Glaze Porcelain Candlestick – Song Dynasty

Yoga bella sculpture

Yoga Bella sculpture – Acacia

A Chinese famille rose bowl

A Chinese famille rose bowl – Quianlong 1760

Artpark yoga sculpture by Ev Meynel

Artpark sculpture ” Lotus ”  – Ev Meynel

Duangkamol vase

Celadon ceramic vase, ‘Orchid Glory’ – Duangkamol, Thailand

( Novica )

Yoga Figurine King Pigeon

Yoga Figurine King Pigeon

( FemailCreations.com )

Vintage Mexican Painted Terra Cotta Sun Face Mask Wall Hanging

Vintage Mexican Painted Terra Cotta Sun Face Mask Wall Hanging

( beadandbag – Etsy )

Matsui-Kosei-(1927-2003 )

Matsui Kosei –  (1927-2003 )



SMOKEY BLUE OM – Brenda Mcmahon

Crystal Healing Buddha

Healing crystals with  Buddha bust

Studio Salvadore glass vase

Studio Salvadore glass vase

Zhao Meng sculpture

Zhao Meng sculpture

 ( Tao Water Art Gallery  )

Mougin vase executed by J.Wolfe

 Mougin vase executed by J.Wolfe

Kurt and Heidi BekerYoga 2011---Ceramic figures

Kurt and Heidi Beker – Yoga-Ceramic figures  2011 Australia

( Gannon House gallery )

Curvy Yogini figurine

Curvy Yogini figurine ( cobra pose )

Jizo Japanese garden statue holding hydrangeas

Jizo – Japanese garden statue

Ireland's famous Belleek porcelain vase

A porcelain vase by Ireland’s famous Belleek Pottery





Deep Blue Azurite gemstone – Shilu Mine

Ann Mallroy Ceramic Lingum

Ann Mallroy Ceramic Lingam

Delhi Art Gallery - Manifesta by G.R. Santosh

G.R. Santosh – ‘Manifesta’

Delhi Art Gallery

Mexican folk art peace-plate-475x450

Mexican Folk Art plate

    Esse Art and Yoga:   Esse is an Art and Yoga centre combined and is situated in Fargo.” Our space is split into two halves that work together to form a whole. We promote the arts + wellness in an intimate and comfortable environment “. Featured below are some their talented artists.


Dale Cook :

Dale Cook red ceramic vessel

Dale Cook



Dale-Cook-wood-carved-wooden vessel

Dale Cook

Dale Cook ceramic blue jar

Dale Cook


Dale Cook Wood Carved bowl with leaf motifs

Dale Cook



Dale Cook wood carved vessel

Dale Cook



Emerge :

circular ceramic vessel by Emerge

Circular ceramic vessel – Emerge



 Casey Hochhalter :

Casey Hochhalter Ceramic Sculpture

‘Upsurge’ by Casey Hochhalter



Casey Hochhalter blue sculpture

‘Culminate’ – Casey Hochhalter



Casey Hochhalter Pitfall ceramic sculpture




David Valdez Ceramic Sculpture

David Valdez ceramic sculpture




Blu lotus flower



Caterina-Zacchetti seated girl in Full Lotus yoga pose

Caterina Zacchetti ceramic sculpture





Cypress Cut away Bowl Bonnie Belt




‘Springburst’ – mosaic art mandala – Brett Campbell Mosaics




Stone Lotus Pottery green glaze cup and saucer

Turquoise and jade glazed platter and bowl – Stone Lotus Pottery





‘Awakening’ – James Perry

Isabella Garrucho Fine Art




Ogata Kamio (b. 1949) Carved columnar neriage vase with blue, off-white and grey colored clay, 2007

Carved columnar neriage vase with blue, off-white and grey colored clay – Ogata Kamio





puxianmalaysia.wordpress Seated bronze Buddha holding red lotus

 Seated bronze Buddha holding red lotus flower




Zen-Garden,-Koyoto-Japan-in black and white

Zen Garden, Koyoto Japan



Elena-Ray---flickr buddha stone head with stones and a flower

Buddha display – Elena Ray





the mosaic mystique


Mosaic garden planters Obbligato Decor

Mosaic garden pots – Obbligato Decor

Mosaic art could be regarded  as the original display of pixel like imagery and it was really prophetic for what was to come in the digital age of image creation. The innate texture in mosaic art added to its dimensionality and despite its painstaking application, it has been  favoured in the creation of some truly amazing works of art.

Evidence of the first glazed tiles date back to 1500 BC from excavations at Susa and Chogha Zanbil in Iran. Around 400BC the Greeks elevated Mosaic’s to an art form when they began using small manufactured pieces made from marble, glass, terracotta and stone (“tesserae” ) that could be manipulated into artworks. Many of the dwellings of the rich at this time displayed mosaic floors of elaborate designs. During the next century Greek mosaicists became more ambitious and used more colours and detail.


Roman Mosaic Floor Jewry Wall Museum

Roman Mosaic at the Jewry Wall Museum

The Romans carried mosaic  art further afield and soon, throughout the empire, rich villas with  impressive mosaic floors were created. Typically,  mosaic scenes depicted Roman subjects celebrating their gods along with  domestic themes, animals and geometric designs.  The expansion of the art-form occurred with  the use of it by Christians to decorate the walls of churches rather than the floor.

Fragment of a floor mosaic with a personification of Ktisis- ggnyc,flickr

From the 5th century onwards, with the rise of the Byzantine Empire , the art form took on new characteristics. These included the introduction of Eastern influences in style and the use of special glass tesserae called smalti, which were manufactured in northern Italy. These were made from thick sheets of coloured glass. Smalti have a rough surface and contain tiny air bubbles. They are sometimes backed with reflective silver or gold leaf.

This lead to further expansion into the Moorish art of  Spain  and into the Muslim world around the Eighth Century. From the Great Mosque at Cordoba to the Basilica of Saint Mark in  Venice to Westminster Cathedral,  mosaic art proliferated.

St. Pauls Cathedral mosaicSt. Pauls Cathedral mosaic art

The above two  mosaic’s are from St. Pauls Cathedral, London



Buddhist mosaic art Bangkok, Thailand

” ‘Wat Ratchabopit”’ Bangkok, Thailand



Byzantine mosaic crown

Byzantine mosaic crown, Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem


Mosaic Mandala bowl

Mandala Mosaic Bowl – Bricolore



Contemporary Design-from-mosaicworks

Contemporary design from mosaicworks



Dragonfly Mosaic Bowl - cindylaneville.com

Mosaic Bowl – cindylaneville.com



Mosaic ceiling at the Royal Ontario Museum

Mosaic ceiling at the Royal Ontario Museum



mosaic Wall Decor- Red Crow Arts

“Two Fish One Heart‘”  Wall Decor- Red Crow Arts



Tiffany glass meramid mosaïc is a 2008 work by Anne Bedel.

Mermaid Sirene – Tiffany glass mosaïc  by Anne Bedel.


Kimberly Schonfeld mosaic sculpture

Kimberly Schonfeld sculptural mosaic



Mosaic Bowl - Cindy Laneville - Ontario, Canada

Mosaic Bowl – Cindy Laneville

Cindylaneville .com



Victor Nunnally mosaic eagle

‘Eagle in flight’Victor Nunnally



Mosaic Bowl – Haima Design



Large Mosaic Clad Planter - Obbligato Decor

Mosaic Clad Planter – Obbligato Decor



Victor Nunnally Mosaic

Victor Nunnally Mosaic-stained glass mosaic table top: ‘Table Of Prosperity’



Mosaic Bowl - thecuriousgecko

” Sunny Day ” Mosaic Bowl-thecuriousgecko



Mosaic adaption of  Gustav Klimt’s les amies



Nightwatch-Mosaic-Eggshell lady under a full moon at the ocean Linda Biggers

‘Nightwatch’-Mosaic Eggshell mosaic art – Linda Biggers



Mosaic wall panel Serenade - Irinia Charny

‘Serenade’ – Irinia Charny



Moscow mayakovskaya station ceiling mosaic

Mayakovskaya Station, Moscow, Ceiling Mosaic – Deineka



St. Mark's Basilica Mosaic - Venice, Italy

St. Mark’s Basilica Mosaic Facade




mosaic garden meditation bench

Garden Meditation Mosaic BenchAltered Universe-contemporary mosaic by Lois McKay

Altered Universe-contemporary mosaic by Lois McKay



Abstract Mosaic Vase - Irinia Charny

Abstract Vase – Irinia Charny



mosaic stairway in San Francisco

This stairway of 163 steps is located in San Francisco, at Moraga St. and 16th Avenue. Artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher.



Mosaic Garden Ball Lizard

Ceramic Mosaic Garden Ball Lizard



Vintage French Mosaic Vase

Vintage French Mosaic Vase

See more at French Art Pottery



Moroccan mosaic table and lamp

Mosaic table and lamp, Marrakesh



Russian Tvoryuki Mosaic artBlus Bird – Tvoryuki Mosaic



mosaic mandala

Impressive mosaic mandala



Olicana Mosaics garden courtyard motif

Olicana Mosaics



Chelsea Flower Show Mosaic peacock path

Chelsea Flower Show  -Victorian Aviary Garden


‘Seascape Mosaic’ by George Fishman



Modern-Mosaic-ArtJordi-Labanda-for-SICIS Italian

Modern Mosaic Art – Jordi Labanda for SICIS





Female Red Cello Player mosiac – Irinia Charny





Mosaic of the Battle of Issus from the House of the Faun in Pompeii 1st century




'Mother and Child' (The Three Ages of Woman 1905) by Emerald Dragon (Kathleen), via Flickr

‘Mother and Chid’ (The Three Ages of Woman 1905) by Emerald Dragon (Kathleen), via Flickr




Carole-Choucair-Oueijan-Mosaics head mosaic

Carole Choucair Oueijan




Pictures of MosaicMosaic Burning Fall

Mosaic picture ‘Burning Autumn’






Mosaic of a barn owl – Nancy Bunker

Redford Glass Studio



cbmosaics---Christine-Brallier blue mosaic cat

Christine Brallier





Public botanical mosaic – Dupont Station, Toronto

James Sutherland designed the mosaics, entitled  – ‘Spadina Summer Under All Seasons’



Lubets-eggshell mosaic pink lotus

Pink lotus eggshell mosaic – Lubets



Under-water-mermaid-and-fish-panel, art nouveau style Sue Thompson

Under water mermaid and fish mosaic panel – Sue Thompson



Zentangle mosaic -By-Rikke-Poulsen

Zentangle  Rikke Poulson




Universal Law mosaic – Brett Campbell



See another veniceclayartists article on mosaics here