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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 Pichet Tetes 1953 Pitcher
Feb 28, 12:00 PM EST
Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 Pichet Tetes 1953 Pitcher
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $3,000- $6,000
$1,5001 Bid
Kay Whitcomb, Untitled
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
Kay Whitcomb, Untitled
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
Porzellangemälde "Odaliske" nach Angelo Asti. Wohl Late 19th cent.
Mar 02, 10:00 AM CET
Porzellangemälde "Odaliske" nach Angelo Asti. Wohl Late 19th cent.
by Schmidt Kunstauktionen Dresden OHG
Est: €350- €400
€3000 Bids
HAAN "COQ" CERAMIC COMPOSITION, CIRCA 1950.
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
HAAN "COQ" CERAMIC COMPOSITION, CIRCA 1950.
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
William J. O’Brien (American, b. 1975) Untitled, 2010
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
William J. O’Brien (American, b. 1975) Untitled, 2010
by Hindman
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
Peter Max- Ceramic plate
Feb 27, 10:00 AM PST
Peter Max- Ceramic plate
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $320- $400
$2400 Bids
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Peter ORLANDO (1921-2009) Plat
Mar 13, 2:00 PM CET
Peter ORLANDO (1921-2009) Plat
by Artcurial
Est: €700- €800
€7000 Bids
SALVADOR DALI - FLÈCHES CARDINALES (LES FLÉCHETTES)
Mar 10, 6:00 PM CET
SALVADOR DALI - FLÈCHES CARDINALES (LES FLÉCHETTES)
by TGP Auction
Est: CHF200- CHF250
CHF1500 Bids
Doyle Lane, Collection of seventeen beads
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
Doyle Lane, Collection of seventeen beads
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $700- $1,000
$1000 Bids
Doyle Lane, Collection of eighteen beads
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
Doyle Lane, Collection of eighteen beads
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$1000 Bids
ANTONIO PEYRO (Castellón 1881-1954). Centerpiece. In ceramic. Presents the artist's stamp on the base.
Mar 11, 2:15 PM CET
ANTONIO PEYRO (Castellón 1881-1954). Centerpiece. In ceramic. Presents the artist's stamp on the base.
by Setdart Auction House
Est: €300- €400
€1500 Bids
DALI SALVADOR (1904 - 1989) / NAAR schaal n° 544 i…
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CET
DALI SALVADOR (1904 - 1989) / NAAR schaal n° 544 i…
by DVC
Est: €100- €200
€800 Bids
Louis Mendez Stoneware Plate and Sculpture, 2
Apr 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Louis Mendez Stoneware Plate and Sculpture, 2
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Bruce McLean,  Scottish b.1944 -  Untitled, 2015;  glazed ceramic, signed
Mar 12, 2:30 PM GMT
Bruce McLean,  Scottish b.1944 -  Untitled, 2015;  glazed ceramic, signed
by Roseberys
Est: £700- £900
£4800 Bids
BOGART BRAM (1921 - 2012) reliëf in beschilderde k…
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CET
BOGART BRAM (1921 - 2012) reliëf in beschilderde k…
by DVC
Est: €3,500- €5,000
€2,8000 Bids
EMILIO SCANAVINO SENZA TITOLO, 1963
Mar 06, 5:30 PM CET
EMILIO SCANAVINO SENZA TITOLO, 1963
by Area Casa D'Aste
Est: €1,200- €1,500
€9000 Bids
Grayson Perry CBE RA, British 1960- - Piggy Bank, 2021;
Mar 05, 10:00 AM GMT
Grayson Perry CBE RA, British 1960- - Piggy Bank, 2021;
by Roseberys
Est: £700- £900
£4800 Bids
Becking, Horst: Abstrakte Komposition (Künstlerteller)
Mar 16, 2:00 PM CET
Becking, Horst: Abstrakte Komposition (Künstlerteller)
by Peter Karbstein - Kunst und Auktionshaus
Est: €800- €1,000
€6000 Bids
Yoshiro Ikeda (1947 - 2014) - Bulbous Vessel Form
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
Yoshiro Ikeda (1947 - 2014) - Bulbous Vessel Form
by California Auctioneers
Est: $1,000- $1,800
$5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Artisan Pottery


Setdart Auction House

Setdart Auction House

Los Angeles Modern Auctions

Los Angeles Modern Auctions

Hindman

Hindman

Roseberys

Roseberys