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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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Joan Miro, Spanish 1893-1983, Ceramic Pottery Vessel Signed Miro, Ceramic
Jul 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Joan Miro, Spanish 1893-1983, Ceramic Pottery Vessel Signed Miro, Ceramic
by La Belle Epoque Auction House
Est: $800- $1,200
$5507 Bids
After Pablo Picasso Glazed Ceramic Bowl
Jul 28, 10:00 AM EDT
After Pablo Picasso Glazed Ceramic Bowl
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,000
$6506 Bids
Attributed to Keith Haring, Ceramic Plate 1981
Jul 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Attributed to Keith Haring, Ceramic Plate 1981
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5003 Bids
Mariko Swisher Signed Insect and Floral Motif Clay Bowl
Jul 27, 9:00 AM CDT
Mariko Swisher Signed Insect and Floral Motif Clay Bowl
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$253 Bids
After Pablo Picasso Glazed Ceramic Bowl "Picador"
Jul 28, 10:00 AM EDT
After Pablo Picasso Glazed Ceramic Bowl "Picador"
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $800
$4253 Bids
CURRIER AND IVES AND OTHER DISHES
Jul 29, 4:00 PM EDT
CURRIER AND IVES AND OTHER DISHES
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Padilla Picasso Style Ceramic Pitcher
Jul 25, 12:00 PM EDT
Padilla Picasso Style Ceramic Pitcher
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Karel APPEL [1921-2006]
Aug 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Karel APPEL [1921-2006]
by Cnock Auctions
Est: €500- €1,000
€5000 Bids
Keith Haring (1958-1990), Framed Limited Edition Fine Bone China Plate.
Aug 01, 10:00 AM PDT
Keith Haring (1958-1990), Framed Limited Edition Fine Bone China Plate.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $1,008- $1,260
$4200 Bids
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Krause after Picasso Ceramic Plate
Jul 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Krause after Picasso Ceramic Plate
by La Belle Epoque Auction House
Est: $150- $300
$800 Bids
DAVID SHRIGLEY 'Heroin + Cocaine Shakers' (2017) Ceramic Set
Jul 26, 1:00 PM PDT
DAVID SHRIGLEY 'Heroin + Cocaine Shakers' (2017) Ceramic Set
by Signari Gallery, LLC
Est: $200- $250
$500 Bids
Jean Rivier, Collection of four works
Jul 25, 11:00 AM CDT
Jean Rivier, Collection of four works
by Wright
Est: $500- $700
$500 Bids
Salvador DALI - Lands of Spain (Set of 6 ceramics
Aug 11, 6:00 PM CEST
Salvador DALI - Lands of Spain (Set of 6 ceramics
by TGP Auction
Est: CHF600- CHF800
CHF4000 Bids
Two Handpainted Ceramic Plates
Jul 27, 11:00 AM PST
Two Handpainted Ceramic Plates
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Est: ₱100,000- ₱130,000
₱100,0000 Bids
Paul Philp (b. 1941), "Ceramic No. 31," 2009
Aug 13, 10:00 AM PDT
Paul Philp (b. 1941), "Ceramic No. 31," 2009
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Paul Philp (b. 1941), "Ceramic No. 33," 2009
Aug 13, 10:00 AM PDT
Paul Philp (b. 1941), "Ceramic No. 33," 2009
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Esther (Esta) Krainis-James (b. 1930), Untitled textured cylinders
Aug 13, 10:00 AM PDT
Esther (Esta) Krainis-James (b. 1930), Untitled textured cylinders
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids
Robert Milnes (b. 1948), "Right Brain Left Brain," 1994
Aug 13, 10:00 AM PDT
Robert Milnes (b. 1948), "Right Brain Left Brain," 1994
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Alesha Fiandaca (b. 1964), Untitled
Aug 13, 10:00 AM PDT
Alesha Fiandaca (b. 1964), Untitled
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
SIR GRAYSON PERRY C.B.E., R.A. (BRITISH 1960-)
Aug 13, 3:00 PM BST
SIR GRAYSON PERRY C.B.E., R.A. (BRITISH 1960-)
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £600- £800
£5000 Bids
Pair Of Puerto Rico Artwork
Aug 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Pair Of Puerto Rico Artwork
by Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry
Est: $150- $250
$250 Bids
Yaacov Agam- Limited Edition Ceramic plate
Aug 04, 10:00 AM PDT
Yaacov Agam- Limited Edition Ceramic plate
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$2600 Bids

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