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Artisan Pottery

Honoring the art of the handmade, artisan pottery is treasured for its ability to capture the natural workmanship of the artist. From free-form vessels to finely painted porcelain, artisan pottery reflects the vast and varied traditions of the ceramic field.

Ceramic pottery dates back to the earliest eras of human history, and it was not long after its creation that artists realized its potential for decoration. By the age of ancient Greece, painted pottery had evolved into its own art form, with refined narratives and incredibly impressive artistic techniques. This refinement continued over subsequent generations, but in more recent times, potters began to rekindle the ancient methods of pottery creation.

Today, hand-thrown vessels with a hint of deliberate asymmetry sit alongside sophisticated porcelain dinner services. Pieces across the spectrum reveal just how remarkable the evolution of artisan pottery has been over course of history.


Quick Facts

  • One of the most popular forms of artisan pottery is that of stoneware. Known for its brown or gray color, stoneware was initially incredibly popular for large jugs and crockery
  • The ancient Greeks gave us a wide array of ceramic vessel types, all designed to accommodate their use. They also developed innovative methods for vase painting in their pioneering of the black- and red-figure techniques
  • Working for a small facility in Vallauris, France, Pablo Picasso produced more than 3,000 ceramic pieces, including some decorated dishes and vessels

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PABLO PICASSO "PICADOR" (A.R. 162) GLAZED EARTHENWAREN PITCHER
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
PABLO PICASSO "PICADOR" (A.R. 162) GLAZED EARTHENWAREN PITCHER
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$3,05023 Bids
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WES HUNTING LARGE RUBY BURGUNDY COLORFIELD VESSEL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
WES HUNTING LARGE RUBY BURGUNDY COLORFIELD VESSEL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1907 Bids
Pablo Picasso, 'Dove', Madoura Ceramic Bird
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Pablo Picasso, 'Dove', Madoura Ceramic Bird
by Nye & Company
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$2,7504 Bids
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CHRISTOPHER HEEDE "GLYPHS" STUDIO ART POTTERY BOWL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
CHRISTOPHER HEEDE "GLYPHS" STUDIO ART POTTERY BOWL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
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LARGE CHRISTOPHER HEEDE STUDIO ART POTTERY BOWL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
LARGE CHRISTOPHER HEEDE STUDIO ART POTTERY BOWL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
PABLO PICASSO Têtes.
Nov 02, 10:30 AM EDT
PABLO PICASSO Têtes.
by Swann Auction Galleries
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,6003 Bids
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CHRISTOPHER HEEDE "GLYPHS" STUDIO ART POTTERY BOWL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
CHRISTOPHER HEEDE "GLYPHS" STUDIO ART POTTERY BOWL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
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Salvador DALI (1904-1989), d'après - Ensemble de 6 carreaux de céramique, 1954 signés : Le baiser d
Oct 28, 4:00 PM CEST
Salvador DALI (1904-1989), d'après - Ensemble de 6 carreaux de céramique, 1954 signés : Le baiser d
by Expertisez.com
Est: €280- €350
€2402 Bids
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CHRISTOPH HEEDE GLAZED STUDIO POTTERY VESSEL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
CHRISTOPH HEEDE GLAZED STUDIO POTTERY VESSEL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
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LARGE CHRISTOPHER HEEDE ABSTRACT STUDIO ART POTTERY BOWL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
LARGE CHRISTOPHER HEEDE ABSTRACT STUDIO ART POTTERY BOWL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
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CIRCA 1978 ARTIST SIGNED STUDIO POTTERY WALL ART
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
CIRCA 1978 ARTIST SIGNED STUDIO POTTERY WALL ART
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Oct 28, 7:00 PM WEST
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
by Veritas Art Auctioneers
Est: €5,000- €8,000
€5,0001 Bid
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Doyle Lane, (1925-2002, American), Brown weed pot, Glazed ceramic, 2.25" H x 2.375" Dia.
Nov 09, 11:30 AM PST
Doyle Lane, (1925-2002, American), Brown weed pot, Glazed ceramic, 2.25" H x 2.375" Dia.
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
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Doyle Lane, (1925-2002, American), Blue weed pot, Glazed ceramic, 2.75" H x 2.75" Dia.
Nov 09, 11:30 AM PST
Doyle Lane, (1925-2002, American), Blue weed pot, Glazed ceramic, 2.75" H x 2.75" Dia.
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
PICASSO, PABLO: Krug "Quatre visages", 1959 (Madoura).
Nov 05, 2:00 PM CET
PICASSO, PABLO: Krug "Quatre visages", 1959 (Madoura).
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF3,300- CHF5,000
CHF2,4001 Bid
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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973); Visage;
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973); Visage;
by Bonhams
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,5001 Bid
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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973); Bunch with Apple;
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973); Bunch with Apple;
by Bonhams
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$3,0001 Bid
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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973); Service Visage Noir;
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973); Service Visage Noir;
by Bonhams
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$3,0001 Bid
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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973); Bearded Yan;
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973); Bearded Yan;
by Bonhams
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$3,0001 Bid
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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973); Yan Face;
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973); Yan Face;
by Bonhams
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$3,0001 Bid
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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973); Young Wood-Owl;
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973); Young Wood-Owl;
by Bonhams
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$4,0001 Bid

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