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Head Vessels

Monday, July 21, 2014 | Karl Cole

Effigy (portrait, human head, or whole figure) ceramic art (usually male) has been featured in all sorts of wares since ancient times from throughout the world. In many instances it is associated prim ...

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Japanese Porcelain Tradition

Monday, June 9, 2014 | Karl Cole

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but I’m absolutely bonkers about ceramic art, and particularly Japanese and Chinese. This piece especially garnered my attention because it combines re ...

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Fantasy Christmas Present I

Monday, December 9, 2013 | Karl Cole

Since I am not expecting to see a new car with a red bow on top of it for a Christmas present, I thought I would use the month of December to present gifts that I would absolutely LOVE to get (but nev ...

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Holy Cats!

Monday, October 14, 2013 | Karl Cole

I’m always interested in how important of a role domesticated animals have played in the history of art, particularly in the sphere of funerary art. They almost always take on a protective or st ...

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East-West Influence, Revisited

Monday, March 11, 2013 | Karl Cole

When one thinks of “influence” concerning Asian and Western art, one tends to think of Western inroads into traditional Asian styles and subject matter. However, Western art has been influ ...

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Traditions of Change

Monday, December 17, 2012 | Karl Cole

My husband and I received several ceramic art pieces, one of my favorite art forms, as wedding presents. One of my favorite manifestations of this genre is the ceramic art of the Carolinas. I can&rsqu ...

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Epiphany of the Week: Eva Hild

Monday, October 22, 2012 | Karl Cole

Just when I’m in danger of becoming cynical that there is very little in the art world that has not yet been done, I come upon this amazing artist: Eva Hild. This is my epiphany of the week (yes ...

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The Idea of Tomb Figures

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | Karl Cole

I recently attended the wake of a friend’s mom and couldn’t help but contemplate how contemporary funerary rituals differ from those in world history (especially an open coffin). If you pu ...

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Yakimono

Thursday, August 4, 2011 | Karl Cole

Yakimono in Japanese refers to a “fired thing.” A reverence for nature has historically been part of Japanese art since ancient times. Interestingly, the evocation of the respect for natur ...

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What's Old is New

Monday, July 11, 2011 | Karl Cole

I don’t usually go Gaga over ceramics (well, wait, yes I do!), but when we added this image to our collection I had a “never knew that” moment. Most art history texts cover the ancie ...

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