We are proud to include beautiful ceramic pieces of contemporary art in our gallery collection that go way beyond classic vessel forms. We are also proud to have selected and placed ceramic pieces to enhance the décor in many customers' homes, as shown here. Many of these pieces are one-of-a-kind or custom-made but similar pieces are available.
John Oakes is a true master at creating Raku pottery with brilliant colors that make his work popular with interior designers and ceramic collectors. Each is unique in colors and pattern, of course, and range in size from about 6 inches high up to over 5 feet tall - unique gift sizes up to dramatic statements. Jon's vessels all come with a complementing ceramic lid with a decorative element. We challenge you to find more colorful Raku pottery anywhere. These pieces seem to work in just about any décor which makes them popular for gifts and we've placed them in contemporary, modern, Tuscan and southwestern homes where they lend a warm, inviting feel. (Yes, this is the same Jon Oakes in the Glass section. He's very talented!)
Jude Kettunen combines her Scandinavian heritage with Southwest design to create a wonderful fusion of the two cultures. Hailing from Finland, she worked as a Park Ranger at Mesa Verde National Park and studied Hohokam and Anasazi arts. These ceramic "Spirit Figures" can be created in many colors, designs and sizes with most about 20 to 32 inches tall. Prices range from $595 to $1,050. They are weighted in the bottom for stability and they all have personality and cause smiles.
David McDonald is a master ceramicist who creates platters he calls Mandalas because the shape is inherently organic, formed in a fabric sling resulting in a natural arch. McDonald pours as many as seven glazes over one another, using hot wax brushwork to resist between layers. Many of his techniiques were learned studying under Japanese masters Tatsuzo Shimaoka and Tsunaji Uedo of Kyoto. In 1980 he returned to the USA and opened his own studio.
For years, we thought of these as beautiful individual pieces displayed on a stand, flat on a table or hanging on a wall. Then, Joanne ordered coordinated sets and we started hanging them in flowing arrangements for dramatic statements.
These may be bought as individual pieces, but we are most proud on the sets we have selected and installed:
Ceramic pieces by Ron Artman project power and grace. The power of strong classic forms and the grace of the fine details are not only design elements but distinctive of Artman's work. The leather-like finish gives these pieces a rich, warm feel that enhances contemporary, southwestern and Tuscan decor.
Cheryl Williams is an internationally-recognized artists in ceramics and metals. Her work was selected for the prestigious White House Collection of American Craft and is represented in fine collections in many countries. She utilizes techniques developed from decades of pottery to create innovative and distinctive ceramic sculptures with flowing forms, stunning colors and alluring textures. Each is mounted on a heavy steel base for stability.