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Molten Magic – A Brief History of Glass

Friday, November 11, 2016

In the year 14 BCE a young Phoenician named Pelles celebrated his 19th birthday just like he spent most days – working in his father’s glass studio on the outskirts of Sidon. Yet, something was amiss. He failed to notice the loud arguing voices in the distance, until he was grabbed from behind and dragged outside....

Filled to the Brim – African Figurative Ceramic Vessels

Friday, October 07, 2016

Ceramic works from Africa can be loosely divided into two categories: terra cotta figurative art and earthenware vessels. In opposition to figurative art, ceramic vessels can be broken down into two sub-categories: utilitarian and ceremonial...

The Value of Collectibles – Tami Island Ceremonial Bowls

Friday, June 24, 2016

Large, canoe-shaped bowls in the Tami Islands of Papua New Guinea were traded extensively and gifted as valuable pieces of a brides' wealth during marriage ceremonies. Unlike smaller wares, these were saved for extremely special occasions, primarily used to prepare and serve food during important feasts and annual festivals....

Lost at Sea – Shipwreck Ceramics

Friday, February 26, 2016

In the last several decades, the ocean floors in Southeast Asia have yielded a new category of sunken treasures – antique ceramics. Since ancient times cargo ships traveled along the maritime silk route, trading a variety of commodities including ceramics. When these ships met ill-fated ends, most of the cargo was destroyed in the sea but many high-fired vessels survived undamaged, waiting hundreds of years to be discovered once more....

Quenching the Soul – Indonesian Kendi Water Vessels

Monday, August 10, 2015

To honor the sacredness of water in Indonesia, rituals vessels called kendi have been used for centuries. Some are designed with symbolic motifs for good fortune, fertility and prosperity, and all are uniquely handcrafted and possess distinct characters. Their natural tones and pleasing curves have made them highly sought after objects for designers and collectors alike....

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“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER