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“Newspaper” Vase 1971 Ron Krogh Apollo 11 Moon Walk

Ron Krogh 1971 Stoneware "Newspaper" Vase Apollo 11 Moon Walk Signed

Item Name
Newspaper Vase
Price
$125.00
Condition
Vintage
Category
Art – Pottery
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4274
Description

This vase is undoubtedly one of the more unusual studio pottery pieces we’ve ever offered. The potter, Ron Krogh, was a ceramics instructor in Bountiful, Utah, in the late 1960’s. A piece of his pottery is in the permanent collection of the American Museum of ceramic art in Pomona, California. This heavy stoneware vase is “wrapped” in pottery pages printed from the Ogden, Utah Standard-Examiner dated July 21, 1969. On one side of the vase the headline is “Moon Walk,” while on the other side it’s “Apollo 11 Landing.” Another side recounts “Nixon Flies to Splashdown Site.” The rough stoneware itself is glazed on the interior in a greenish gray, while most of the exterior was left unglazed. Every inch of the surface of this vase is different and fascinating. It’s signed on the bottom by the artist, who dated the piece 71 beneath his signature.

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Burl Swedish Pedestal Bowl of Silver Birch Signed and Dated ’48

Swedish Burl Pedestal Bowl of Silver Birch Signed and Dated '48

Item Name
Burl Bowl
Price
$695.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Wood Burl – Bowl-HomeDecor
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4239
Description

This incredible, enormous bowl was hand crafted in Sweden of a burl from a silver birch tree. It is an example of träslöjd, traditional Swedish woodworking, with wonderful figured grain, deep color and a natural, unlacquered finish.

The form is uncommon, in that the swooping bowl is attached to another long piece of burl that serves as the pedestal, elevating the bowl for a dramatic profile. The bowl is signed on the bottom of the pedestal, burned into the wood:

Hans Thörnvall
Björk {Swedish for ‘birch’}
48
Our information is that Hans Thörnvall lived in Herrljunga in western Sweden. More Details…

Weed Pot Beautifully Glazed 1970’s

Rosene Zaros Weed Pot Beautifully Glazed Stoneware 1970's

Item Name
Rosene Zaros Weed Pot
Price
$55.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Art Pottery – Vase – Weed Pot
Availability
In Stock 1
Item #
PYH – 4090
Description

Rosene Zaros displayed her hand made studio pottery at the Joetown Hill Pottery and Craft Gallery that she and her husband George owned in the 1970’s and early 1980’s in Ohio. She received an M.A. in ceramics from Ohio State University, doing her thesis on raku ware, and was a Fine Arts instructor there from 1969-1971. Her mark “Zaros” is incised in the bottom. Her work is not easily found and prized when it is discovered. (more…)

Navajo Sculptor Jack Black Pottery

Navajo Artis Jack Black Trio Pottery

Item Name
Jack Black Pottery Collection
Price
$250.00 USD
Condition
Vintage
Category
Art – Pottery – Sculpture
Availability
In Stock 1 – 3pc
Item #
PYH – 4181
Description

A member of the Navajo tribe, Jack Black was a very talented artist and sculptor. Born in Galveston, Texas, he lived in Arizona, opening a studio in Sedona in 1984. Inspired by native Americans and the colors of the desert, Mr. Black used for this grouping a pale adobe colored clay with a light sky blue glaze. The unglazed areas that expose the clay color were used for the man’s face, the woman’s head and, on the smallest piece, the pot and “table rock” base. He also used a brownish glaze in the curves and crevices to give it an aged look, although he used very little on these pieces compared to some we’ve seen. The shadow you see on the front of the woman in photograph #2 is actually some of that glaze. All of the pieces are incised on the bottom with the Jack Black signature, along with his cypher, a figure 8 with a vertical line through it, and the year of creation.

Mr. Black, who became a well-respected artist before his death in 2002, first sketched his ideas, then sculpted them in clay before molds were made. Each artwork was created by hand and no two are identical. The three pieces shown are as follows:

–The man, standing tall, measures 12 1/2 inches tall with a base measurement of 4 inches by 3 3/4 inches. This figure weighs 2 pounds 2 ounces and is dated 1985.

–The squatting woman, weighs 2 pounds 5 ounces and measures 9 inches tall with an 8 inch by 5 1/2 inch base. The date is 1984.

–The miniature group on the “rock” base measures 5 1/2 inches tall overall, with a base 4 inches by 6 inches and it weighs 11 ounces. It’s dated 1984.

The photographs are deceptive–these are large, impressive pieces. They are in outstanding condition and with their simple lines and smooth matte surfaces, they complement any decor.

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Italian Majolica Giuseppe Mazzotti Signed Bud Vase Hand Painted

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Item Name
Majolica Hand Painted Bud Vase
Price
$90.00
Condition
Vintage
Description
This beautiful triangular bud vase was produced by the Giuseppe Mazzotti Ceramics Factory in Albisola, Italy, a town where ceramics have been made for four centuries. The company was founded in 1903, at a time when, according to Wikipedia, Albisola become the international capital of ceramics. The blue and white decorations, hand painted so wonderfully on this vase, were introduced in Albisola in the mid-seventeenth century. The style is termed “Antico Savona” (old Savona), characterized by the landscape of ancient Savona, Italy, a nearby city. (more…)

Hand Built Pit Fired Red Clay Large Olla Native American Style

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$95.00

This large high shouldered pot or olla was hand coiled of red clay; the coil marks, though smoothed, are still visible in the interior. It was pit fired, historically the original method of baking clay to make it hard and usable. In the photos, you can see the marks the fire made, especially on the bottom. The pot was burnished and sealed on the exterior and is a beautiful piece of pottery that can be used as a vase or stand alone as sculptural art.

The pot measures 7 inches tall and about 8 inches at the shoulder; the mouth is 3 1/2 inches across and the base is 5 inches in diameter. It weighs a very sturdy 3 3/4 pounds. There is a white paper label on the bottom which reads: MA. 13/TB. We have no idea if this has any significance but it was on the pot when we found it. There are no other identifying marks. It’s very reminiscent of Navajo red clay pitch pottery, but we’re not positive it is of Native American origin. It’s in superb condition, with just a few rubs in the clear glaze and some wear on the bottom that shows age. It’s a piece that works beautifully with almost any interior decor.

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Horner’s Candy Tin with Lithographed Weather House

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$35.00 SOLD

This is a charming vintage candy tin lithographed with the image of an Alpine weather house. According to Wikipedia, “A weather house is a folk art device in the shape of a small German or Alpine chalet that indicates the weather. A typical weather house has two doors side by side. The left side has a girl or woman, the right side a boy or man. The female figure comes out of the house when the weather is sunny and dry, while the male comes out to indicate rain.” What this has to do with candy is a puzzle, but the tin is very colorful and eye-catching so it is a good marketing ploy (it caught our eyes!) The amusing part of this is to see an Alpine weather house that is peopled by a very British man in a cutaway jacket, striped pants and wearing a monacle, and a woman very dressed up, complete with a hat and white gloves.

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Olinala Mexico Lacquerwork Gourd with Painted Panels

Painted Gourd

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The town of Olinala in Mexico was producing lacquerware gourds, chests, boxes, trays and other items prior to the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century and they are still the main source of the town’s income. Decorated gourds like this one were once used to prepare and serve chocolate to nobles.

These pieces are made by first applying a layer of color (in this case red) and then another layer of color (black on this one) and scraping away the top layer to form designs. This type of Olinala lacquerwork is called Rayado, which means “scratched.” It is the more difficult of the two techniques used in making these art works, as things like turkey feather quills and agave thorns are used for the scratching.

The small black designs on this gourd are rabbits, lizards, tadpoles, flowers and snakes. They decorate the cut out lid also, along with a central flower, circles and a meander (a geometric design made up of one continuous line). Even the stem has been shaved and then given black stripes. Both the inside of the lid and the inside of the gourd have been left the rich, deep red. There are three evenly spaced painted panels around the sides, each depicting a rabbit, a traditional motif that links today’s artists to pre-Hispanic artisans.

When we turn the gourd over, we see circles, geometric meanders and a central flower (photograph #3); notice that the red color on the bottom has not faded like the rest of the gourd has. This gourd is in very good original condition, despite the color fading and the very tip of one of the scallops on the lid missing. There are no cracks, mold or other damage. The highest point is 7 inches to the top of the stem and the widest point is 9 inches. Since the gourd is hand carved, there is only one way to insert the lid.

This is a very large lacquerware gourd and a wonderful piece of Mexican folk art.

For further information here is the link to the Wikipedia page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_lacquerware
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