Tuesday, September 3, 2013

15. Ceramics at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has many artefacts that held me captive during my three visits there, but none more so than the wonderful examples of ceramic art from all ages.

Being a ceramicist myself I looked in awe at works from the stone age right through to modern times. Perfect porcelain shapes and brilliant glazes perfected by skilled craftsmen.
Here a just a few samples - I have not included all the domestic ware on show, as this would fill several blog pages ...

Vinegar Cruet - Johann Joachim Kandler - German 1757  

Vase - Sadie Irvine ( Newcomb Pottery ) - USA - 1909 

Dovizia - Giovanni Della Robbia - Florence - 1509
 
The God of Wealth - China - Qing Dynasty - early 18th century
 
Jar with Scrolling Vines and Gourds - China - Ming Dynasty - late 15th century
 
Altar Bowl with Winged Animals - China - Ming Dynasty - mid 15th century 

Decorated Bottles - China - Yuan Dynasty - mid 14th Century
 
My Favourite ... Lobed Dish - Japan - Edo Period - early 18th Century
 
Vase - Japan - Edo Period - late 18th Century 

Arhat - China - Liao Dynasty - ca. 1000
 
 
Another Favourite - but a bad image I'm sorry - I love this glazed decoration ... no details  

Vase with Peony Scroll - China - Northn Song Dynasty - 11th Century
 
Vase - Nils Emil Lundstrom - Sweden - 1903
 
Vase - Fernand Thesmar - France - 1904
 
Coffee Set - Leon Kann - France - 1900
 
Two Handled Bowl - China - Wanli Period - 16th Century

 And then from the Ancient Middle East ...
these wonderful decorated stonepaste and earthenware pieces from Iran and Turkey
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
... and don't get me started on pottery from Ancient Greece ...
 
 
But rather, lets end this post with a stunning piece from contemporary Japan
 
Flow - Fujikasa Satoko - Japan - 2011
 
Tomorrow I'll finish at the Met with lots of extraordinary Marble and Sandstone sculptures ...