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Title: Baluster Vase
Artist: Teco
Teco, or the Terra Cotta Tile & Ceramic Company, founded by William Day Gates in 1881, were the first major manufacturer of architecturally-focused terra cotta — their practical lines of tile, brick, chimney and urn gradually complemented by a burgeoning set of art pottery that carries similar ideals and methodology. Overall form is presented in a simple, reduced palette of shape, the large bulk designed by Gates or the school of Prairie School Chicago architects following in the wake of Louis Sullivan — including William James Dodd and the eminent Frank Lloyd Wright. The pieces aimed to convey a decorative purpose through the merging and flattening of geometric and organic structures in a naturalistic fashion, this Baluster vase combining those principles with a classicism that loops back to traditional representation of decorative pottery. The micro-crystalline green glaze has a wispy, crisp silvered tonality, its unique characteristic developed by Gates over 13 years, and is generally applied on shades of black overglaze to add understated depth.
Title: Bamileke Vessel
Artist: Unknown
Title: Bang Pots
Artist: Steve Tobin
Title: Bar Mitzvah Boy
Artist: Howard Kottler
‘Bar Mitzvah Boy’s not-so-subtle defacing is typically biting for Kottler, the artist often known for collecting and decorating a collection of mass-produced and commercial ceramic with decals, prizing anything that could be worked into to convey a new socially subversive message. Here the simple addition of a Star of David refigures the commemorative plate of a Pope as of Jewish origin — comparatively aligning the two religions similarities and dismissing notions of the sacred, tongue firmly wedged in cheek. Provenance: Purchased directly from the Artist
Title: Barbed Wire Tile
Artist: Richard Notkin
“Barbed Wire Tile” is a visual flash card — a close up image of war or violence decontextualised within the defined borders of the object, much as contemporary conflict is framed within the rational in western media. The use of clay, and the resulting material and tangible characteristics that soften and round out such a hard subject, is true to Notkin’s education and artistic development at the time of the American Funk movement and sits alongside works ostensibly made for functional use such as teapots or cups. The work remains unfired, seeking to convey its simple medium and to harness the primary nature and natural terteries of the clay. Notkin often uses such tiles in large, evenly patch-worked mosaics — engaging with similarly destructive images from contemporary and historical sources at one intersection, and discussing how easily the brutality of such calamitous events can devolve into white noise.
Title: Barco De Los Antepasados
Artist: Jack Thompson
The manifestation of various spiritual, mythical and religious influence often becomes more defined the further back into Thompson’s oeuvre you move, as 1994 piece “Barco de los Antepasados” (or “Ancestor Boat”) presents with its four prostrating figures seated on a long boat. The ceramic’s five separate constitutional parts, scale, and overall design give the work a playfully toylike feel — which revels in proximity to a conscious religious or sacred iconography. A muted metallic finish applied by the artist with an airbrush over several layers heightens the sense of curious tactility. Thompson prefers to dilute specific cultural reference with his sculpture, using his practice to hint at common internal symbolic and psychological bonds
Title: Barnacle
Artist: Koike Shōko
Shōko’s ceramics tantalise in their reflection of sea-forms and simple, shell-like densities that dismantle boundaries between animal and vessel. Shōko matured in a period with precious few female ceramicist contemporaries within Japan, becoming one of the first to graduate from the celebrated Tokyo National University of Fine Art & Music — and subsequently well known as an artist throughout Japan. “Barnacle” exhibits a rough figure, the abstract and modular form thrown by wheel in Shigaraki clay then teased into final shape by hand. The piece is finished in her traditional and signature creamy white glaze that blends with the texture of the earthenware.
Title: Baroque Figure - Rococo
Artist: Raymond Rocklin
Title: Bat Girl
Artist: Ilona Romule
Title: Bathers
Artist: Ruth Franklin
Title: Bathroom Gestures Tile
Artist: Paul Mathieu
Title: Battuto Nautilus Vase
Artist: Tsuchida Yasuhiko
Title: Battuto Vase
Artist: Massimo Micheluzzi
MASSIMO MICHELUZZI; Battuto carved glass vase, Murano, 2001; Signed and dated; 13 1/2" x 5"
Title: Bean Brown Pitcher
Artist: Russel Wright
Title: Bean Thumb
Artist: Kelley Eggert
Title: Bear in Black Basalt
Artist: Wedgwood
Bear from the celebrated English ceramic firm, modeled by Ernest Light and completed in black basalt with distinctive glass eyes in the early 20th century. Josiah Wedgwood introduced into production a black stoneware body in 1768. The first trials for Wedgwood's new black body had begun by July 1766, even before the move to Etruria. By September 1767 his experiments were at an advanced stage, ready for production, and less than twelve months later black basalt wares were on the market. He called it ‘Black Basaltes'; we know it as black basalt. Made from reddish-brown clay which burned black in firing, this ceramic body was superior in its appearance to the local 'Egyptian Black' wares produced in the area prior to that date.
Title: Beef Cuts
Artist: Dryden Wells
‘Beef Cuts’ deploys an intuitive examination of motion and spatial awareness through figurative arrangements — a modular whole developing through swarm behaviour, the artist interested in connotations or questions raised by the fragmented composition. True to its title, each separate piece is modelled on cuts of meat or segments of animal. Hand-made fragments of white porcelain are combined with those sourced from a moulding process, the real and the imaginary combining in a synthesis that obscures origin and evades simple formalism.
Title: Beehive
Artist: Kirk Mangus
Title: Beek Bowl
Artist: Zuid-Holland Gouda
Gouda is a style of Dutch pottery named after the city of Gouda. Gouda pottery gained worldwide prominence in the early 20th century and remains highly desirable to collectors today. Gouda pottery is diverse and visually distinctive in appearance, typically illustrated with colourful and highly decorated Art Nouveau or Art Deco designs. Six pieces: Two Nova claret jugs (1925), Dorian planter (1925) and low bowl (1923), and Indus vase and lantern (c.1930)
Title: Beetle Vase
Artist: Laura Zindel