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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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BRAM BOGART (1921-2012) Bleu, 1998 (18C) Céramique peinte. Signée en bas à
Dec 04, 2:30 PM CET
BRAM BOGART (1921-2012) Bleu, 1998 (18C) Céramique peinte. Signée en bas à
by Cornette de Saint-Cyr-Bruxelles
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€2,4002 Bids
SUNOL ALVAR ORIGINAL CERAMIC RELIEF SCULPTURE
Dec 13, 9:00 AM CST
SUNOL ALVAR ORIGINAL CERAMIC RELIEF SCULPTURE
by Jackson's International
Est: $200- $400
$1801 Bid
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GWYN HANSSEN PIGOTT, SILENT STILL LIFE, 1994/2012
Dec 01, 7:00 PM AEDT
GWYN HANSSEN PIGOTT, SILENT STILL LIFE, 1994/2012
by Deutscher and Hackett
Est: AUD12,000- AUD18,000
AUD12,0001 Bid
[WAGREZ, H., After]. A French porcelain plaque with organis...
Dec 01, 10:00 AM CST
[WAGREZ, H., After]. A French porcelain plaque with organis...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $250- $350
$1251 Bid
BRAM BOGART (1921-2012) Bleu et blanc, 1998 (41C) Céramique peinte. Signée
Dec 04, 2:30 PM CET
BRAM BOGART (1921-2012) Bleu et blanc, 1998 (41C) Céramique peinte. Signée
by Cornette de Saint-Cyr-Bruxelles
Est: €3,500- €4,500
€3,5001 Bid
BRAM BOGART (1921-2012) Jaune, 1998 (5F) Céramique peinte. Signée et datée
Dec 04, 2:30 PM CET
BRAM BOGART (1921-2012) Jaune, 1998 (5F) Céramique peinte. Signée et datée
by Cornette de Saint-Cyr-Bruxelles
Est: €1,600- €1,800
€1,6001 Bid
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Renato Guttuso (Bagheria 1911-Roma 1987) - Medusa
Dec 05, 10:30 AM CET
Renato Guttuso (Bagheria 1911-Roma 1987) - Medusa
by Finarte
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
BENGT LINDSTROM Senza titolo
Dec 06, 4:00 PM CET
BENGT LINDSTROM Senza titolo
by Area Casa D'Aste
Est: €3,000- €3,500
€2,8000 Bids
Emilio Scanavino (Genua/Genova 1922 - Mailand/Milano 1986)
Dec 02, 5:00 PM CET
Emilio Scanavino (Genua/Genova 1922 - Mailand/Milano 1986)
by Bozner Kunstauktionen
Est: €500- €650
€5000 Bids
Shino Tea Bowl
Dec 01, 2:00 PM JST
Shino Tea Bowl
by Mallet Auction
Est: ¥350,000- ¥450,000
¥350,0000 Bids
The End of the Year in Asakusa
Dec 01, 2:00 PM JST
The End of the Year in Asakusa
by Mallet Auction
Est: ¥100,000- ¥150,000
¥100,0000 Bids
Nacho Carbonell (1981)
Dec 02, 5:00 PM CET
Nacho Carbonell (1981)
by Bozner Kunstauktionen
Est: €800- €1,040
€8000 Bids
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Alighiero Boetti (Torino 1940-Roma 1994) - Dish, 1986
Dec 05, 4:00 PM CET
Alighiero Boetti (Torino 1940-Roma 1994) - Dish, 1986
by Finarte
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
EMILIO SCANAVINO Pane
Dec 06, 4:00 PM CET
EMILIO SCANAVINO Pane
by Area Casa D'Aste
Est: €300- €400
€3000 Bids
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Emilio Scanavino (Genova 1922-Milano 1986) - Blue and red amphora
Dec 05, 4:00 PM CET
Emilio Scanavino (Genova 1922-Milano 1986) - Blue and red amphora
by Finarte
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
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Emilio Scanavino (Genova 1922-Milano 1986) - Orange pink amphora
Dec 05, 4:00 PM CET
Emilio Scanavino (Genova 1922-Milano 1986) - Orange pink amphora
by Finarte
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
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Emilio Scanavino (Genova 1922-Milano 1986) - Blue amphora
Dec 05, 4:00 PM CET
Emilio Scanavino (Genova 1922-Milano 1986) - Blue amphora
by Finarte
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
Gustav Klimt (after) - The Kiss Vase GM
Dec 15, 6:00 PM CET
Gustav Klimt (after) - The Kiss Vase GM
by TGP Auction
Est: CHF700- CHF900
CHF5500 Bids
JEAN COCTEAU (1889 MAISONS-LAFFITTE - 1963 MILLY-LA-FORÊT), CERAMIC PLATE 'NÉRÉE', 1962
Nov 30, 3:00 PM CET
JEAN COCTEAU (1889 MAISONS-LAFFITTE - 1963 MILLY-LA-FORÊT), CERAMIC PLATE 'NÉRÉE', 1962
by Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH
Est: €1,200- €1,600
€1,2000 Bids
BRAM BOGART (1921-2012) Noir et blanc, 1998 (EA I/II) Céramique peinte. Si
Dec 04, 2:30 PM CET
BRAM BOGART (1921-2012) Noir et blanc, 1998 (EA I/II) Céramique peinte. Si
by Cornette de Saint-Cyr-Bruxelles
Est: €2,200- €2,500
€2,2000 Bids
John Waters (American/Maryland, b. 1946)
Dec 08, 11:00 AM CST
John Waters (American/Maryland, b. 1946)
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids

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