An Octopus’s Garden

Ruscha Undersea "Octopus's Garden" Ceramic Plaque (LEO Design)

When I think of Ruscha West German Modernist art pottery, I usually think of vases—vases with wonderful dripping, complex and organic glazes.  Until I found the plaque above, which shakes-up my concept of Ruscha.

Here sea grasses sway, anchored in a bed of blooming anemones, while bubbles bobble to the surface. Brown lobes of coral cling to the edges of the bas relief circle.  And while the ceramicist took liberties with the piece’s coloration, he (or she) accurately captured the sensation of resting in an undersea garden (in the shade).  Please click upon the photo above to learn more about it.


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