Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ancient Grecian Pottery and my attempt at a sort of imitation

Some of the earliest surviving decorated pottery comes from ancient Greece as early as 1000-900 bc. These pots have been a great inspiration for me throughout my potting life. Especially this first picture. This great amphora vase was meant as a grave marker. The vessel has holes in the bottom of the pot so that liquid gifts such as wine could be poured from the mourning to the dead below the earth. If you look closely at the breast of the pot between the handles you can see the funeral ceremony, the black figures carrying the dead to his grave. This vase was a blending of the geometric period and the middle geometric period in ancient Grecian pottery.

The geometric period was marked by the artisans decorating the pots with bands of geometric figures such as triangles, lines, concentric circles, waves....the list goes on.

When figures started showing up on the pots this was marked the middle geometric period.

To learn more on this amazing period of art you can go here for a brief uninspired summery. I am trying to find a simple but informative, inspiring web page about this great time.

With these pots as inspiration I decorated these bottles.

Definitely not the same feeling but I am enjoying the process and making these little characters. I am inspired to make more and can't wait to get back to work today!

Thanks Ancient Grecian Potters for all these beautiful creations.


bindu said...

Wow - these are absolutely fantastic! I wish I could join you in your studio and learn. Your pots are fabulous. I LOVE the way you've decorated them. Really!

painter girl said...

Thanks Bindu!
Come over anytime!:)
I would love to have you.
thank you so much for your encouraging words. They make my day.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Really interesting to see the past inspiring your fresh take on the Now... love all those little feet walking round and round... I love repeated design...
Your work reminds me of sculptural linocut... they would be beautiful to take rubbings from...
sure, easy for me to say... after you do all the work of carving them..

Anne Lindenfeld said...

Absolutely gorgeous! And thanks for the wonderful pics of that early pottery. Lovely examples all.

BTW, I got inspired last fall by the southwestern native american pottery while I was out there. I picked up a book on Mimbres designs, and I'm now working up a circular window using a Mimbres pattern. There's something personal about joining up with these artists from the past.

Undaunted said...

Wow these are fantastic Leanne! Your carving is always beautiful!

Can't wait 'til next month!

April Jarocka said...

As you have me in your list this is just to say Thanks!and to let you know that i've changed the url for the Ugly Rabbit to something less wordy. Sorry for any inconvenience caused!
It is now:


these are wonderful!

svelteSTUFF said...

As with everything, 'enjoying the process' is the important thing! Have you read The Tao of Pooh (Benjamin Hoff)?

I think the coolest part of your paintings and pots is that you have a style that is all uniquely YOU! Regardless the subject or the media, I am learning to be able to pick out a 'Leanne' from amongst dozens of others. Nice.

queencraftygirl said...

Hi Aunt Leanne,
I have missed blogging so much! I am sorry I left my blog for such a long time, I have been busy. I hope to start blogging back tonight or tommorrow.

Love you,

(Hope to see you soon)

Jacky said...

I love your interpretation of the Grecian pottery (and thanks for the gorgeous pics and information).

Your pottery is so inspiring. I agree with Gwen...fabulous rubbings from your carved pottery.

lynne h said...

clapping here, leanne! the grecian pots are stunning and so are yours! i love the designs you've carved *and* the areas between the images...

painter girl said...

Hey Gwen!
I have never thought about doing rubbings on the pottery. I wonder....
I would be glad to send you some though.
Love the idea of a 3-d lino cut.
I am a foot fanatic. Love the images of feet walking with or without legs.

Hey Anne,
Aren't the American Indian pots amazing?
They influence me a lot as well. Can't wait to see your Mimbres design. I'll bet it is beautiful.

Thanks Un D!

Thanks for the new info April. Can't wait to come by and see what you've been up to.

Thanks Collage!
Your works are wonderful too.

Hey Svelte,
I haven't read the Tao of Pooh but I have it and it is waiting for me.
Thank you so much! I am glad that you can spot my work. That is a high compliment.

Hey Queeny!
So glad you are back!
No need to be sorry. We are all just going to be glad to see what you are up to.

Hello Jacky!
I would be glad to make and send rubbing to you and Gwen if ya'll want them.
So glad that you like the new pots. I am having such fun.

Hey Lynne,
Thanks for the applause . I needed a boost in spirit and all of you have made my week.