Following the Sun - VII


Dutch Modernist Vase with Voluptuous Form and Velvety Burnt Orange Glaze (LEO Design)


For the next several days, we'll be sharing a few of our favorite pieces of sunny, orange pottery.  Nothing chases away the Winter Blues quite as well as a sideboard full or radiating orange ceramics!

Here's something a little different: a Dutch Modernist vase, finished in a matte burnt-orange glaze.  But look closely.  The glazing nearly throbs with life and texture.  It's not "earthy" like terra-cotta, baked mud or a substance harvested from the environment.  It's a masterful attempt to meld art and nature.

But there's more to this handsome vase than its coloration alone.  The vessel's form is wonderful, too.  It has a beautifully-conceived shape which appears distended—ever so slightly—as though it's been gently inflated with air, like a balloon.  This tension of form gives the vase energy and life.  Add a radiant glaze and you have a sensational piece which will look great either as part of a collection or standing alone.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.

More orange-glazed vintage pottery tomorrow and in the days to come.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248