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Blue and White earthenware. Updated 9th November 2016

In the late 17th century Ming dynasty porcelain was imported into Europe in bulk on ships known as  carracks or kraaks . Portugal led the way in this trade, followed by Spain and Holland. As the original Chinese porcelain was very expensive, local potters in many countries imitated kraak ware in tin-glazed earthenware. My dish is a version of the Spanish Talavera style. Kraak ware dishes were usually decorated with scenes from nature, and the border area was divided into eight segments, often in the shape of lotus leaves, around the centre. The centre typically featured birds, rocks, plants and water. The shape of the dishes with wide rims was standard in European tableware of the period. This one has been made to accompany a 17th century sailor's ship model of a carrack in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland.

Spanish style "Kraak" ware dish


Spanish style "kraak" ware dish.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 00:11:00


Updated 17 October 2016

A series of figurative wall-pieces on the theme of the "Woman in the Moon". A side view of a woman with her arm around her knee curled up "in the Moon" 

The Woman in the Moon series: 1


Moonscape, mixed matt glazes, 14" diameter

The Woman in the Moon:2


Blue Moon, jun glaze, 14" diameter

The Woman in the Moon:3


Dark Moon, tenmoku glaze, 14" diameter


Updated 17th October 2016

Very large Jabberwocky bowl


Very large bowl "Jabberwocky" 14" diameter.Jun glaze

Jabberwocky bowl inside


Jabberwocky boiwl inside

Jabberwocky bowl back, the entire poem


Jabberwocky bowl back, the entirer poem.

Hispano moresque bird plate


Hispano moresque bird plate, jun glaze

Kraak "anti-Ming" bird plate


"Kraak ware" anti-Ming bird plate

Anthony OBrien

Shivlagh, Bunowen
Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, Ireland