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Marta Wasilczyk Ceramic angels

Ceramic Trinity

Ceramic Trinity. Marta Wasilczyk Ceramic angels

Marta Wasilczyk Ceramic angels
Talented ceramic artist Marta Wasilczyk has created a series of beautiful sculptures of angels, which can serve as a perfect interior or landscape decoration. The angels are made as if from lace, and each of them is unique, handmade, and can’t be repeated. Polish ceramic and pottery sculptor Marta Wasilczyk graduated from the Department of Art History of University of Culture in Lublin, Poland. Since 1994 she has worked in her own Studio of Ceramic Art. Marta annually participates in solo and group national and international exhibitions of ceramic Pottery and sculptures, various art competitions. She was a winner of a nationwide exhibition “Pottery and ceramic sculptures 98”. Martha was given the first prize in several exhibitions of Fine Art and Handicraft Art, which took place in her native Poland (2009, 2011, 2014).
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Carpet Making ancient art

Carpet Making ancient art

The world’s most ancient pile carpet was found in the largest of the Pazyryk burial mounds, Altay mountains, Russia. The Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg. Carpet Making ancient art

Carpet Making ancient art
The earliest survived carpet relates to V century BC. Archaeologists discovered it in the famous Pazyryk mound in the Altai of Russia, and now it is in the Hermitage of St. Petersburg. Anyway, origin of the carpet is a matter of debate. Carpet makers were in Central and West Asia. It was possibly a funeral accessory and a masterpiece of Armenian workmanship. Pazyryk carpet concise ornament decorated with pronounced zoo and anthropomorphic elements (riders on horseback). In addition to serving as an ornament and element of interior, it is also the keeper of valuable information. Indeed, very often, the carpet can be read like a book. Besides, when stored properly, the carpets can serve more than one hundred and even a thousand years.
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Wind instrument Ocarina ethnic art

Ocarina ethnic art

‘The worlds of man’. ‘Shamans people’ Workshop, Barnaul, Altai Krai, Russia. Ocarina ethnic art

Ocarina ethnic art
This ethnic wind instrument has juicy and magical sound. It entered the folk music of the world – from the ancient Indian tribes of South America to the Siberian tribes of ancient Russia. The earliest ocarina was made of clay in the form of small animals. People used to wear it around their neck, like jewelry decoration. They thought that playing the ocarina drives away evil spirits. Besides, people used it as a home decor, for protecting the house from the negative. Ocarina, an ancient wind musical instrument could also look like an egg-shaped vessel – flute. According to some sources, some Italian Giuseppe Donati invented ocarina in the 1860s. It was with two thumb- and eight finger-holes, and a duct mouthpiece extending to one side. Ocarina can be made in ceramic or porcelain. Ocarina can be a toy, as well as a serious musical instrument made in different sizes. And sometimes ocarina has a tuning-plunger. By the way, ocarina bands were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe and the USA. And ocarina there has one more name “sweet potato”.
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Haunted paintings by Stephen Mackey

Haunted paintings by Stephen Mackey

A bride with a skeleton. Haunted paintings by Stephen Mackey

Haunted paintings by Stephen Mackey
British fine artist Stephen Mackey lives and works in Manchester, England. His exquisite paintings and drawings, filled with symbolic magic, mist, whimsical look extra creepy. The kids living in the world of haunted objects, ghosts, cats, and bats, seem to be something extra creepy, reminding us about haunted paintings. The bohemian self-taught artist is incredibly talented, able to tell the whole story with just one painting. Stephen is an internationally recognized artist, working with Lip International since 1989 and collaborating with such companies as Ikea and Habitat. He was published by Paperchase in the UK and for the Terrance Higgins Trust. His work was sold to Harrods, Selfridges and other exclusive stores, including American companies Barnes & Noble, Pier 1, Urban Outfitters, Borders and the Nature Company. Stephen’s cards calendars, notebooks, prints, were sold in 50 countries worldwide.
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Hermitage Peacock Clock

Hermitage Peacock Clock

Hermitage Peacock Clock

Hermitage Peacock Clock

Creating a mechanical bird is a very ancient art – in ancient times the figures of “singing” birds decorated clepsydra – water clocks. In the XVIII century creators of automata tried to construct a system to make the birds look and act as realistically as possible – the life-size birds could sing and move like living creatures. The Hermitage Peacock Clock automation features three life-sized mechanical birds made by English masters James Cox and Friedrich Urey in the 1770s. The Peacock Clock is constantly exhibited in the Pavilion Hall of the Small Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. The Clock was made of bronze, silver, crystals, gilding. The uniqueness of this clock is that they it is still in working condition (hours work, and the Peacock Starts every Wednesday at 19:00), and is the only worldwide largest machine of the XVIII century, has come down to our time without changes.
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Reborn monkey Chita Bindi

Reborn monkey Chita Bindi

Reborn monkey Chita Bindi. Work by Moscow based artist Ekaterina Samgina

Talented and creative doll artist Ekaterina Samgina lives in Moscow. According to her, she is fond of children, and her passion gave birth to creating reborn dolls. The dolls made by Ekaterina look so realistic, that some of her clients compare her work to the exquisite work of a jeweler. Although the master mainly manufactures dolls of new born babies, my attention attracted this adorable Reborn monkey Chita Bindi. Firstly, because the doll is incredibly realistic, and secondly the New 2016 – year of the Monkey. Making her dolls, Ekaterina Samgina uses the highest quality materials, carefully working out every detail. Her works can be seen at international exhibitions of dolls.
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Snow Windows by Tom Baker

Snow Windows by Tom Baker

Christmas joy in spray painting on windows. Snow Windows by Tom Baker, English artist

Snow Windows by Tom Baker
English artist Tom Baker creates detailed snowy scenes on window panes using just snow spray and a dry paintbrush. Inspired by winter and Christmas spirit 36-year-old Tom Baker from Berkshire has set up a business called Snow Windows. He has got a lot of requests from locals asking him to decorate the windows of shops and houses with winter scenes. His unusual technique started with the idea when he sprayed an entire window and grabbed a brush to draw a wintry scene in the white spray. Tom creates different layers with the spray and then removes parts to form silhouettes. Most of his images include vintage scenery – village landscapes with cottages, old cars, horses and carts and street lights glowing in the snowy night.
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