Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Pierre Digan Goma glaze Stoneware Lamp Base 1970's






Pierre Digan 1943-2016

Pierre Digan began to produce what has been called "Digan Grès" (Digan Stoneware) in his atelier in La Borne, Cher in France during the 1970's. This range soon became very popular, and gave him an international reputation for innovation and versatility undertaken with incredible skill. 

He seemed to be able to turn his creative flare to just about everything - ranging from turning ceramics in Vallauris to creating restaurants in the Loire region. He is especially noted for his monumental sculptures in stone or metal. 

This stoneware lamp base is from those prolific 70's . Its simplicity belies the complexity of the final piece - sensual, elegant, extremely tactile.

It stands 20cm high by 25cm diameter. He employed the "goma" glaze, a Japonese recipe that resembles sesame seeds.

It has his impressed mark near the base.

Price: 900€ plus shipping

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Marius van Woerden Vest Keramiek Gouda volcanic fat lava Brutalist Box






Marius and Hugo van Woerden produced a large range of volcanic pieces between 1964 - 1984.

They usually had paper labels - but this one has long gone. This shape is in the E category ... somewhere between E5 and E6.

Marius himself has been contacted and he identified this as one from his atelier, but the number 2120 was not by him - possibly a wholesaler or retailers number added later.

It is white clay with a white volcanic glaze on brown/black ... on a two part mold.

Height 7.5cm Length 12cm Width 6.5cm

Price: 50€ plus shipping

Monday, September 24, 2018

Bruno Guerin Ovoid Stoneware Vase





I have little information about Bruno Guerin. Apparently, he is not related to Roger Guerin of Bouffioulx, the celebrated art-deco ceramicist.

I do know that he stopped potting in 2011.

However, he continued to use his ceramic skills at the Annual Cognac Blues Passions Festival. 

Specifically, he created ceramic footprints (in terracotta) of well known musicians who played at the Festival each year. After acquiring a number of these bare footed "prints" he then used them in an art installation in collaboration with other artists which continues to be shown each year.

This beautifully made ovoid vase is the only ceramic piece I have seen that bares his name. Therefore, it seems to be quite a rare find.

It shows the skills of a fine ceramicist - lightweight, well balanced, elegant design, the glaze has been carefully applied.

It has his GB sgrafitto mark and a paper label with his name and address in Cognac. It is possible that the address was where his workshop was situated (it is now a private house).

It is 14cm high by 12cm in diameter.

It is in excellent condition - no scratches, chips, or cracks.

Price: 120€ plus shipping

Friday, September 14, 2018

Porcelain Fluted Vase with Grès Flammée - attr to George Ormerod





Porcelain Fluted Vase with Grès Flammée - attr to George Ormerod

This beautifully fluted vase is unmarked, but has all the 'hallmarks' of George Ormerod. It is light weight, well balanced, great control has been employed to the fluting, and the 'grès flammée' style of glazing has been applied with expertese. All in all an elegant piece.

Height 10.5cm/4.5" Diameter 12.5cm/5"

It is in excellent condition - no scratches, chips, or cracks

Price: 125€ plus shipping

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Mid Century Modern Emaux Miel Glazed Candle Holder - Cyclope Pottery Annecy




In 1948 Charles Cart began to operate Le Cyclope pottery in Annecy-le-Vieux in the Haute Savoie region France (it was named after the Rocher du Cyclope - a well known local mountain peak). He registered the brand name La Poterie d'Annecy in 1961.  In 1963 the brand "Le Cyclope, émaux des glaciers, émaux des neiges" was registered.

Cart came from Thonon and was said to have been a scrap merchant who turned to pottery during the Second World War.  Between 1958 and 1973 the pottery employed 3 or 4 potters including Maurice Antonioz, André Ravaud, André Verrien and Jacky Lyard. The company closed in 1980.

This unsigned robust 'emaux miel' glazed candle holder is a good example of the pottery's output - showing the distinctive honey volcanized glaze.

Height 17cm
Diameter 16.5cm

It is in excellent condition - no scratches, chips or cracks.

Price 40€
plus shipping

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Escapee Brutalist Crank Experimental Vase





Experiments from potteries are unique attempts at coming up with new ideas and designs. 

In this case part of the experiment was to produce a vase with a crank clay. Crank clay is a hand building clay body that contains a gritty substance (known as grog) to give the body strength (as well as look good ... and/or different!).

It is normal for the potter to try different combinations to produce different results. Those combinations - firing codes, materials used, timings, etc - are sometimes written on the base ... as is on this pot. These pieces are not often put up for sale.

The writing here is:

CRANK
A7 (T)
5PY or SPY

So, A7 is a code; T stands for T material - an adaptive clay that is well used in raku and wood firing. It can be seen as the off-white flecks in the pot.
5PY/SPY ... perhaps another code ... or even the potters mark.

This has been superbly thrown and turned ... and fired. There are all the marks of a very confident hand at work resulting in a wonderfully singular brutalist vase - with attitude. Love it!

It  proudly stands 13.5cm and its widest diameter is 14.5cm

It is in excellent condition - no scratches, chips, or cracks.

Price: For a totally unique work - 150€
plus shipping

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Vintage Salt glazed Stoneware Vase by Gustave Tiffoche





Gustave Tiffoche (1930-2011) began producing ceramics and sculptures at the workshop of Norbert Pierlot in 1961. 

Both his utility pieces and 'one-off' works became highly sort after. His abstract paintings also attracted a lot of attention. 

He became professor at the School of Plastic Arts in Saint-Nazaire, France, tutoring such celebrated ceramic artists as Jorgen Hansen , Miguel Bosh, Micki Schoessingk , Jacques Fleuret, Pascal Castagnet, Odile Maisonneuve, Françoise Dufayard, Suzanne Schurch, Édouard Kohler , Pia Koller.

His extraordinary passion for experimenting can be seen in this vase with its salt glaze and oxide brushwork upon rectangulated stoneware.

It is clearly signed with his mark 'gt'.

There has been a repair to the lip ... but I just had to show this incredible creation - please see photo.

Height 15cm Width 7cm

Price 165€
plus shipping

I will be happy to discuss any serious offers.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Mid Century Modern Grès Flammé Vase by Alphonse Mouton





Little is known of Alphonse Mouton other than he was born in 1900, and he ran a pottery workshop in Saint Vallier in the Drôme region, south east France from the 1930s to 80s. 

Most of his ceramics were in the 'Grès Flammé' style, using light and deep blues that are then subjected to a firing that produces the 'flame' effects - and changes some of the colours to subtle yellow ochres in this case. 

These are signed 'ALPHO' plus the shape number. In this case the number is '131'.

Height 14cm Diameter 15cm. Both of these are in excellent condition - no chips, cracks, or scratches.

Price: 30€ each (plus shipping)
OR
50€ for the pair (plus shipping)

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Vintage Nerikomi Neriage Agateware Dish by Jean Gerbino





Jean Gerbino was born in 1876 in Sicily. 

He started turning pots in 1902 at Les Massier in Vallauris.

In 1919 he began to learn the ancient Japanese technique of  'Nerikomi' or 'Neriage'. By 1930 he had perfected it and began to produce a totally unique style of pottery, and he went on to become one of France's most celebrated potters of the mid 20th century. 

Whilst a number of other potters in Vallauris emulated certain aspects of Picasso's ceramic works, Gerbino determined to create his own inimitable pieces which eventually turned out to be most popular in the 70's, inspiring exiting new pottery from a growing number of potters such as Dorothy Feibleman and Chris Campbell.

He died in 1966.

This dish shows the incredible patience required to produce such a detailed work, in which different coloured clays were stacked together and cut to create a specific pattern. The finished ceramic had to dry thoroughly - over a long period of time. Then it was covered in a clear glaze - fired ... then fired again!

The stamps underneath are 'Gerbino' and 'VALLAURIS (A.M.)'. The AM, having appeared on many Vallauris pots, has been an enigma for a number of collectors, thinking that it might have stood for the initials of a potter ... such as A. Massier ... but the reality is a little more mundane - for AM stood for 'Alpes-Maritime' ... which was the old designation of the Department where Vallauris was situated.

This dish was most likely made in the 50's, and is still in excellent condition with no chips, scratches, or cracks.

Height 3cm Diameter 11.5cm

Price 180€
plus shipping

I am happy to discuss any serious offers.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Mid Century Modern Emaux Miel Glazed Bowl from the Cyclope Pottery Annecy




In 1948 Charles Cart began to operate Le Cyclope pottery in Annecy-le-Vieux in the Haute Savoie region France (it was named after the Rocher du Cyclope - a well known local mountain peak). He registered the brand name La Poterie d'Annecy in 1961.  In 1963 the brand "Le Cyclope, émaux des glaciers, émaux des neiges" was registered.

Cart came from Thonon and was said to have been a scrap merchant who turned to pottery during the Second World War.  Between 1958 and 1973 the pottery employed 3 or 4 potters including Maurice Antonioz, André Ravaud, André Verrien and Jacky Lyard. The company closed in 1980.

This unsigned small 'emaux miel' glazed bowl is a good example of the pottery's output - showing the distinctive honey volcanized glaze.

Height 5cm
Width 13cm
Depth 13cm

It is in excellent condition - no scratches, chips or cracks.

Price 30€
plus shipping

I will be happy to discuss any serious offers.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Vintage Brutalist Stoneware Vase with Ox-blood glaze signed








Vintage Brutalist Stoneware Vase with Ox-blood glaze

Almost conical, pyramid-like, purposefully cracked, doused in possibly iron oxide and 'ox blood' glazes. Wonderfully shaped. Very tactile.

indecypherable grafitto signature on base ... how it should be!

No scratches, chips, or cracks (except the ones the potter created!).

Height 8.5cm
Diameter 12.5cm

Price 130€
plus shipping

I will consider any serious offers.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Large Pitcher from la poterie de la colombe, Orriule 1960s





La Poterie de la Colombe was situated in Béarn d'Orriule (pyrénées atlantiques), although many people have mistakenly attributed the pieces to have come from Vallauris.

The variety of stoneware pieces (mostly consisting of tableware) were popular in the sixties.

This large pitcher reveals the abstract style of applying enamels to the ceramics.

The pigeon stamp can be clearly seen on the base.

It is in excellent condition - no chips, cracks, or scratches.

Height 27cm
Diameter 9.5cm

Please note, for posting, this will weigh about 2k.

Price 75€

I will consider any serious offers.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Vintage pottery Carstens Tonnieshof Vase 1960s 'Ankara' design





In 1947 Ernst Carstens opened the pottery Carstens Tonnieshof in Fredelsloh (Niedersachen) in West Germany.

He employed designers Trude Carstens, Gerda Heuckeroth, Dieter Peter, and A. Seide.

One of them created the 'Ankara' range of vases in geometric shapes in black iron oxide on blue cobalt oxide. They became popular in the sixties - and are coming back into popularity today. Therefore they are one of the more sought after ranges from Carstens Tonnieshof.

The pottery closed in 1984.

This fine example stands 14.5cm high, and 9cm wide (excluding the handle).
It is is excellent condition - no chips, cracks, or scratches.

Price 85€ plus shipping

I will consider any serious offers.