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Teapot rituals: tea for Tao

 Porcelain Teapot -Melanie Brown



English Clarice Cliff Teapot in the BLue Chintz pattern
 Clarice Cliff Teapot in the Blue Chintz pattern
 Kangxi reign (1662-1722) Teapot
Boy sitting on dragon teapot –   Kangxi reign (1662-1722)



The evolution of tea drinking


The ancient Chinese Emporer, Shen Nung, is credited with discovering tea as a recreational beverage, around 2737 BC . Known as the “ Father of Chinese Medicine”,  he tested hundreds of herbs in the pursuit of natural remedies and was sometimes exposed to poisons in the process. He found that tea, in some instances, acted as a natural antidote. He also observed its mild stimulative qualities, along with its refreshing nature .
The tradition of drinking tea as a social occupation has existed in countless cultures for centuries. From the ritual of drinking mint tea in Morocco for cooling oneself, to the drinking of Masala Chai ( spice tea ) in India to the elaborate tea ceremonies in Japan.
A Geisha girl performing a tea ceremony
It wasn’t until the 16th century that this tea elixir was introduced into Europe, and was originally only affordable to the wealthy.
The ritual of “afternoon tea “ only became a widespread pastime after one of Queen Victoria’s  ladies in waiting, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, promoted the habit of having tea and cakes in the late afternoon. It became a daily event where formal attire was de rigueur. The Victorians called a tea service a tête-à-tête. This consisted of a cups and saucers, teapot, sugar bowl, cream pitcher and the finest silverware. What began as a leisurely ritual for the wealthy quickly caught on as an essential afternoon pastime with the working class, especially because supper time was around 9pm.
Being a lifelong tea drinker, I’ve always enjoyed the appearance of a teapot, possibly because of the promise of a fine brew. Sadly the teabag now dominates habits, but the noble ritual is not forgotten. My teas of choice are of the Japanese varieties. Genmai … this is a green tea combined with roasted brown rice and is an excellent tea if you have to maintain long spells of mental concentration. My other favourite is Kukicha  … a roasted twig tea  –  this yang tea is rich in calcium and grounding in nature. An occasional Earl  Gray also doesn’t go astray.



Yixing ware teapot – ca. 1900, China
Indian tea set
Indian style Tea Set – Nini Violette  – ( Flickriver )
Cream Colour Teapot Belleek Pottery, glazed porcelain, slip-cast Ireland, Co. Fermanagh 1869-82 Belleek Pottery, glazed porcelain, slip-cast
Ireland, Co. Fermanagh
( V & A Museum )
Photo Peter Jackson



 “The tea awakens the good spirit and wise thoughts. Tea refreshes my soul. If you are overwhelmed and feel despondent, tea will pacify. ” – Emperor Shen Nung (2700 god.pr.Hr.).



Teapot  ( Qianlong_Reign_Period )
Tea caddy-(circa-1698)
Chinese porcelain teapotChinese porcelain teapot
Whimsical creamer and sugar bowl Nancy Adams
 Nancy Adams
Teapot and sup Two Koi Tea - Nancy Adams
 Two Koi Tea – Nancy Adams





Japanese Tea Ceremony



Traditional Raku ware was favored for this refined ritual. Due to the fragile nature of some of the Raku ceramics they were only used once. All ingredients used were as organic or natural as possible. The water was preferably heated on a charcoal fire, as this had the purest Yang energy, as opposed to a gas fire or in these times electric or microwave which have the lowest quality Yang energy.





British Big Ben teapot” Big Ben” teapot



teapot by John Pollex
John Pollex
Trisha Coates Green Asparagus Teapot
” Asparagus Teapot ” by Trisha Coates

Black "porcelaine noire" teapot, designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal.

Black ” porcelain noire ” teapot with silver and wooden handle, designed by Taipo Wirkkala for Rosenthal

Natalya Sots teapot and cup
Natalya Sots teapot with cup and saucer
Green Tea Teapot by Jaques Vesery, 2008
” My Growing Passion For Green Tea “
by Jaques Vesery, 2008
Lucia Pottery green teapot
” Stripey Teapot ” Lucia Pottery



Elegant Russian Teapot made of rock crystal, trimmed with gilt filigree with emeralds and ruby
Iced teapot  made of rock crystal, trimmed with gilt filigree with emeralds and ruby – Nachalo
Samantha Henneke spotty teapotTeapot by Samantha Henneke
English Staffordshire red teapot with botanical green leaf decoration
Staffordshire – 1740-1760
African teapot from Algeria
 Algerian Teapot ( The Met Museum )


 Julie Atelier teapot
Wood Fired Scorpion King Ceramic Teapot by Julie Atelier ( etsy )



Camel teapot Moore Bros.
Moore Bros. –  1876
( V & A Museum )
French Sevres teapot
 Sevres Teapot ( French 1740 to present )



Lynn Casenerio teapot
 Dusk till Dawn 2008
Ceramic Glass,Czech Gems,Metal
by Lynn Casenerio



Shojji Hamada japanese teapot

Shojji Hamada




Jaroslav Ježek contemporary teaset

 Jaroslav Ježek – Modernist Czech Pottery tea set



Chinese enameled porcelain puzzle pot, late Qing/early Republic period, in the form of the character ‘fu’



Jeffrey Klechner abstract teapot
Jeffrey Klechner
Burgess & Leigh teapot
Burgess & Leigh – 1896
Terra Ki Teaware

Large Green Pumpkin Teapot by Laura Kolinski Schultz

( Terra Ki Teaware )



Chinese-Teapot Qing Famille Rose

 Qing Famille Rose teapot






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Nabeul, Tunisia – 1930’s



Africa Shona sculpture


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Ocean Wave by Authur Manyengedzo



Mid-Century modern interior decor designs



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Italian Mid Century pitcher – Fratelli Fanciullacci




Indigenous Australian arts compilation



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‘Star Ark’ — Arone Meeks



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Takuma-Murakoshi-Tea cup

Takuma Murakoshi tea cup




Sculptural Teapot Tempest


Tea here now – one pot, infinite flavors

If you have one teapot
And can brew your tea in it
That will do quite well.
How much does he lack himself
Who needs to have more things?
~Sen no Rikyū



Fuller Craft Museum–Image by Mryipyop via flickr



Blue-and-Yellow-Running-Man ceramic teapot sculpture---Tony-Bennett

‘Blue and Yellow Running Man’  teapot — Tony Bennett



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Theodore Deck


Art Deco in the movies


Faye Ray, 1935



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Dolores Del Rio – known as the face of art deco




Garden fountains sojourn



Moscow fountain



African tribal pottery styles


Selection of different tribal clay pottery

Selection of vintage tribal pottery in Burkina Faso


Danielle Adjoubel lustreware revival


 Danielle Adjoubel



Pottery destination Southern France – Le Don du Fel


Le-Don-Du Fel-Gallery-Studio France

Le Don Du Fel Gallery/Studio



Le Don Du Fel Gallery/Studio



Rooster, peacock, phoenix – new dawn rising


There are numerous legends associated with the The Camino de Santiago, also known as the pilgrim’s “Way of Saint James”, involving the portents of rooster resurrection and crowing to prove a man’s innocence.


Tibetan Phoenix


Edgy clay art



Laura Jean McLaughlin — ‘Down to the River’



Israeli potter sculpture


Inna-Olshansky--Israeli-sculptor horse

Inna Olshansky



Shamai-Sam-Gibsh wood fired vase

 Shamai Sam Gibsh




Mother and Child sculptures



Gustav-Adolf-Mossa---Oak-relief Mary and Jesus


Gustav Adolf Mossa—Oak relief



Perusing the poster arts





Exploring light on the Full Moon


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Moon over bridge – Photo by Birgitta Sjostedt – flickr




Steven Forbes deSoule – Raku with lush hues



‘Space Rock Monolith’raku sculpture – Steven Forbes

‘Space Rock Monolith’ – Steven Forbes




Diversity of clay designs – South Africa



Helen-Vaughan three ceramic vessels

Helen Vaughn





Dream Box ‘spring-celebration’ by Catherine Brennon.



Fashion and Clay – Belgium, USA





Roger Capron – vivacious Vallauris ceramics



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‘Hopping’ – Roger Capron



Contemporary sculptural busts



figurative sculpture bust of a woman

Marnie Gable



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Futuristic utopian fashion innovations


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Encounter with a mystical spider


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Spider motif olla – Goyin Silveira



Contemporary clayartist concepts



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Haas Brothers


Andrea & John Gill – decorative ceramic art







Aussie sculptural landscape


‘Returning to Whole’ – Astra Parker



The ceramic recreations of Munemi Yorigami



torso-in-hexagonal abstract sculpture by Yorigami Munemi

‘Torso in Hexagonal’ – Munemi Yorigami




 Munemi Yorigami contemporary ceramic sculpture


Munemi Yorigami – fragmented sculptures




Elegant Design Nuance of Art Nouveau






Art of the Buddha:




Fairy cave temple, Keelung



Shino Glaze Diversity – Adam Whatley





Gilded cosmic gyrations of Lina Viktor



Golden disks, orbs and triangles arranged with an array of sacred precision, iconography and Egyptian art deco geometries, boldly infused with electric blues, white and black to conjure a transcendent whole.



Street Cred Visuals


photographer-rui-palha portugal A woman alks past a large billboard of two women with afro hairstyles

Photographer Rui Palha, Portugal




Mixed Media Ceramic – 2D and 3D



Catherine White



Nancy Selvin




Intriguing Artifacts of the Ancients



Apollo carrying his kithara holds a phiale (flat cup) for Nike (Victory) to pour a libation into with an omphalos (sacred navel) in between.





Interior Design deliberations




Clays enlightened – contemporary, quirky, surreal


Joe-Lawrence Two ceramic fisherman busts

Joe Lawrence


Japanese Geisha’s tradition in art







Russell Ackerman Lancaster potter



‘Echo Of Deco’ – art deco inspired vase



Daily Pottery Art Feed extended



Regular pottery updates



Amazing Octopus Art



Scott Musgrove Octolamp


The Art Explorer


Garstang-and-his-wife-Marie-examining-statue-fragments-in-the-tank-at-the-‘Royal-Baths’,-1913 in Egypt




Afrocentric Artistry





Cats and Dogs



Wirehair Fox Terrier Statue



Sixties quest for the elusive eden







Intriguing Clayart Oddities and Obscuria’s



Ceramic-sculpture - Circus performer riding a monocycle by Hermien Buytendijk

Circus performer – Hermien Buytendijk

‘Obscurio’ is a term I use for pieces that arouse curiosity but have their meaning obscured, either by vague, incongruous visuals, lack of information in the title or deliberate concealment.



Flight Of Bunjil



Mosaic sundial, Torquay



Ceramics – subdued palette, matt surface


KEN-EASTMAN--contemporary folded clay sculpture

Ken Eastman



Sculptures Of Abstraction



Alexander Archipenko,  ‘Architectural Figure’



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Mural street art


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Pixel Pancho




Contemporary art plates and platters


David-Nelson---Black-and-White-Charger - abstract motifs in white on a black plate

‘Black and White Charger #1’  – David Nelson



Fun sculptures of the playground


Dancers-in-Hradec-Kralove - playground dancer structures in mixed primary colours




Inspired Decor Dynamics


SICIS-Milan-showroom with long mushroom pink sofa and large ceramic mural mosaic


Art Deco Dandy



‘L’Aviation’  – Frederic Focht



Aficionado coffee sets design





Awesome Horses In The Arts


Ancient-Chinese horse head in terracotta




Contemplating Zen floral design


Infinite ikebana - ecoledupaysage.com

Infinite Ikebana



Eternal Spring



Edouard Cazaux



Modern Italian Mosaics Design – SICIS


sicis-lif-essence-2013-Private House Doha Qatar




Mystical gardens and sculptures tour


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Australia Contemporary Garden



Aboriginal clay sculpture - Ricketts Sanctuary - photo by Chris-Wang

William Ricketts Sanctuary


Ceramic Narratives



Gerardo Monterrubio – 2014


Sally Hook – bush ceramics


Highness-Sally-Hook-white porcelain bust

Highness – Sally Hook



Mosaic Sculptural Art



Ship-of-Fools-by-Deborah-Halpern---mosaic sculpture Sydney Sculpture by the Sea

‘Ship of Fools’ by Deborah Halpern



Eggsistentialism at Baltimore---American-Visionary-Art-MuseumGeorgeReader-flickr

‘Eggsistentialism’ – AVAM



The Doctor visits Vincent






Balombini and Bollini – mixed media arts



Woman in Window – Juliana Bollini



A teapot charm offensive



Natasha-Dikareva – ‘Between East and West’



 Dhokra Tribal Art

Dhokra tribal Art



Roelna Louw sculptures



Roelna Louw sculptures



Modernist marvels from the Mid-Century


André-Aleth-Masson Mid Century modernist abstract sculpture

André Aleth Masson, France



Venice Art Edge, USA


"Inner Universe" by Skount - Part-of-“Identity-disorder”-series-exhibed-at-C.A V E gallery

“Inner Universe”  – Skount (Spain)

C.A.V.E Gallery  Venice, CA



 Exotic Egyptian Art Deco




Art Deco dancers figurine – Marc Guillard, Paris



Art – contemporary OZ


ibis-in-flight--Kate Elsey contemporary painting of flying Ibis birds


‘Ibis In Flight’ — Kate Elsey



Relief Art Egypt






Lalique – French sublime design


Entering the elegant world of Rene Lalique can be spellbinding and it’s easy to be off with the fairies, sirens and nymphs in a forest of serpents, dragonflies, ravens, swans, bats, gazelles, butterflies and other exotic creatures from the Nouveau repertoire.






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Goyin Silveira — ‘Tarantula Olla’




Roberto Olivas Sgraffito Olla


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Henry-Moore'The-Goslar-Warrior'-(1975)-Abstract Sculpture-Goslar---Germany

‘The Goslar Warrior’ – Henry Moore



Futurist Fervor


Unleashing the futurist dynamic:




‘Perspectives in Flight´– Futurist Fedele Azari



Slender-vase-with-handles-Series-F-1937 Nicolaj-Diulgheroff-for-Tullio-Mazzotti--of-Albisola

Mazzotti vase




French Designer Jean Dunand



Jean-Dunand---lacquered-panel-from-'La-Chasse' of a bare chested man shooting an arrow

Jean Dunand—lacquered panel from ‘La Chasse’


Contemporary sculptures from Greece


The contemporary art of three Greek  sculptors – Theodore Papayannis, Yiannis Nanouris and Yannis Koutsouradis.


Theodore-Papagianni modernist sculpture of a couple together

Theodore Papagianni



Hideaki Miyamura


Creating a new glaze has been a lifelong passion for Hideaki Miyamura, his newest glaze being a ‘crystalescent’ yohen.


Hideaki-Miyamura--reddish brown glaze bottle


 Sculptural Couture




‘Convo’ Rescue  interior decorating





 Circus Performance in the Arts


Tiffany and Co-NY-Silver and enamel acrobat figures


Contemporary Clay In Santa Fe


Native American Sculpture - Kokopelli-Tammy Garcia


‘Kokopelli’ – Tammy Garcia


Street Sculpture


Andy-Scott,-Lifeline -photo- fjstuart.blogspot

‘Lifeline’  by Andy Scott




Ceramic Wine Pots


Georgian Kvevri wine pots

Qvevri wine pots from Georgia


Dragons In The Arts





Josephine Baker Captivates the Jazz Age


Edouard Cazaux spherical ceramic Jazz Age vessel in gold-white and grey

Edouard Cazaux Jazz Age vase


AMOCA – American Museum of Ceramic Art – 10th Anniversary



Mid Century sculpture – 1959


Public Sculptures – Canberra Australia

Auguste Rodin sculpture in Canberra



Czech, Bohemia Clayarts


Czechoslavakia is blessed with a fascinating history of ceramic design which developed rapidly after the introduction of porcelain in the 1790’s.

Royal-Dux-figure-37cm Art Deco lady in a black gown walking two white greyhounds

Pottery Raku Rapture


The originator of raku in Japan was Sasaki Chojiro, who first produced raku pieces for the Japanese tea ceremony in the 16th century. He learnt the technique from his father Ameya, who was trained in the Ming Dynasty Sencai pottery tradition and was brought to Kyoto, Japan from China.

shaun-hall-raku vessel with asymmetrical shape


Unique Clayart



Alberto-Giacometti highly textured clay head




Sea Sculptures

Transfiguration Screw IX

Transfiguration Screw IX   by Mitsuo Takeuchi




Egyptian Revival Art 

Egyptian Revival mantle clock


The Roman rule of Egypt from 30 BC to 395 AD led to Roman decorations incorporating Egyptian motifs and an increased interest in Egyptian culture. During the Italian Renaissance “Egyptomania” resurfaced.. read more


Pottery Arts – The Masters

Celebrating 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.




Ceramics Moderno – Marcello Fantoni


Many Mid-Century collectors covet a Marcello Fantoni piece for their flair and originality. Fantoni’s ceramic designs came to embody the timeless appeal of classic and traditional Italian pottery merged with challenging modernist and progressive movements.  Read More

Stream of white

Reptile vas -by Stig Lindberg



Clayart bliss at Vallauris

 Located in a region in south-eastern France, Vallauris is nestled among low coastal hills and with its rich supply of clay, has been a pottery-making centre since Roman times.



It’s a potters world



Elephant Ceramics — Michele Michael


 7 Koans, 30 unknown artists


Koan :  Once a division of the Japanese army was engaged in a sham battle, and some of the officers found it necessary to make their headquarters in Gasan’s temple. Gasan told his cook: “Let the officers have only the same simple fare we eat.” This made the army men angry, as they were used to very deferential treatment. One came to Gasan and said: “Who do you think we are? We are soldiers, sacrificing our lives for our country. Why don’t you treat us accordingly?” Gasan answered sternly: “Who do you think we are? We are soldiers of humanity, aiming to save all sentient beings.”

Tripod Bowl with Parrot Feet-457x357


Figurines Of Intrigue

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The Okinawan Clayart Bio Chi



The Okinawan’s believe they are teenagers up to the age of 50, which is probably the most distinctive quality in their mindset compared to the West.









Ukrainian painted porcelain sculptures  :
Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontiev

Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontiev hand painted porcelain owl


 Egyptian pottery :


Lourve Egyptian Pots




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 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 ).




The bowl in the top right corner of this page was created and photographed by ceramicist/photographer Philippe Buraud  at la porte du soleil