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Folk Art Ceramics

FOLK ART STYLE

Folk art is a genre of art that shares the creator’s traditions, offering not just an artistic display but an opportunity to learn about a culture. Antique, new and vintage folk art typically reflects a heritage or location. It can include utilitarian objects and handmade art as diverse as weather vanes, duck decoys, portraiture and paintings, carnival art and quilts.

Quilts are a quintessential part of American folk art but their roots are international, with quilting dating back to Ancient Egypt. The practice spread to Europe and was especially prominent in the Middle Ages, with one of the oldest surviving examples being the Tristan quilt made in Sicily in the 14th century. They were made as bedcovers and clothing, including as a layer for knights to wear beneath their armor. Native American folk art includes functional objects reflecting their heritage, such as baskets, textiles and wooden pieces.

Elsewhere, the vast range of work associated with Mexican folk art includes masks made by Mexican craftspeople for traditional celebrations and ceremonial dances. Mexican masks are part of the country’s folk-art traditions that go back thousands of years and play a role in festivals and theater.

Works in the folk art tradition are valuable because of the skills involved, like weaving, hand-carving wood and even stonework. Many folk artists are self-taught, while some train as apprentices within their community. By using available materials and taking a personal approach to their creations, artists ensure each piece is unique and conveys a story.

During the Great Depression, artistic materials in America were hard to come by, so artisans used discarded wood from cigar boxes and shipping crates to make highly stylized, notched pieces — most often picture frames and boxes — that are today sought after by collectors. This folk art style is called tramp art and was popular from roughly 1870 until the 1940s.

Folk art brings vibrant culture and traditions into your home. Browse an extensive collection of antique, new and vintage folk art on 1stDibs.

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Style: Folk Art
Pottery Vase, Northern Thailand, 14th-16th Century
Located in New York, NY
Natural feldspathic, wood-ash glazed ceramic vessel with four small handles and a flared mouth. OUR REFERENCE N7597  
Category

16th Century Thai Antique Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Large Glazed Ceramic Turtle Sculpture
Located in Nantucket, MA
Large hand molded, built and glazed stoneware model of a sea turtle, by Shayne Greco. The life like sculpture glazes in browns, blues, green and ivory and painted to resemble the pat...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Mid-20th Century Clay Pot Found in Guerrero, Southern Mexico De Guerrero
Located in Guadalajra, Jal
The pichancha or Tlalchiquihuite is a clay pot with small holes, which is used to wash the nixtamal. This utensil allows you to strain the nejayote (the lime water in which the corn ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Clay

Ceramic Sculpture with a Group of Playing Putti's 19th Century Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful in detail and charming 19th century unglazed terracotta sculpture. Features a design of three cherubic children with lamps and fruit, playing with two goats on the base of ...
Category

1890s Belgian Antique Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Terracotta

Jerusalem Polychrome Hand Painted Ceramic Plate
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage hand painted and handcrafted ceramic wall decorative plate with polychrome deer scene. It has a beautifully hand painted scene with deers enjoying the outdoors , surrounded ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Israeli Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Malaysia Earthenware Handcrafted Flora Beige & Taupe Glaze Vase Pottery, 1980
Located in Miami, FL
Marked Malaysia vintage earthenware handcrafted Beige and Taupe studio piece with the inside glazed, bud or weed Studio Piece vase, decanter, vessel. Established in 1989, Tenmoku Po...
Category

Late 20th Century Malaysian Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Earthenware

Green Swirl Ceramic Touring Pottery Folk Art Pot in Green and Brown
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful green, brown, and cream touring pot or planter. This piece is glazed on the interior in rich emerald verdigris blue-green glaze and will be perfect for use as a planter. ...
Category

20th Century American Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Ancient Barro Pot #9 from Mexico, Circa 1940
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1940, we offer this fantastic ancient barro pot from Mexico, made in Puebla México hand crafted . This style of pottery is very rare, originally used for storing water from nea...
Category

1940s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Terracotta

Mexican Vintage Tonala Pottery Hand Painted Bird
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Mexican Tonala hand painted pottery bird Folk Art. Flora de la Cruz Acapulco Gro Mexico hand painted bird dove ceramic. Warm earth tone polychrome colors with abstract desi...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Rare Engine-Turned Mocha Tureen & Cover
Located in Downingtown, PA
Rare Engine-Turned Mocha tureen & cover, Circa 1800-25 The stunning mocha pearlware tureen & cover has an engine-turned decoration with orange and brown bands. A loop handles to ...
Category

Early 19th Century Antique Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Pearlware, Pottery

Early 20th Century Porcelain Maneki Neko, Japan
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Early 20th century porcelain Maneki Neko, Japan This porcelain Maneki Neko, the good fortune beckoning cat, is a molded seated form with the right raised paw closely to the side of ...
Category

Early 20th Century Japanese Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

Handcrafted Ken Edwards Tonala Mexico Folk Art Pottery
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Ken Edwards Mexican ceramic bird trivet from Tonala Pottery. Beautiful vintage Mexican hand made and hand painted TONALA Art Pottery. Decorative small decorative plate by K...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Mexican Vintage Tonala Pottery Hand Painted Green Duck
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Mexican ceramic duck form Tonala Pottery. Beautiful vintage Mexican hand made and hand painted TONALA Art pottery. Vintage Collectible Mexican Tonala hand painted pottery b...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

French Kouglof Mold in Ruddy-Terracotta Color Glaze
Located in Houston, TX
French Kouglof mold, in a ruddy-terracotta color glaze, from Alsace. Glazed refractory earthenware bunt cake mold dating to the late 18th or early 19th century.
Category

Early 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Terracotta

Ceramic Rabbit Piggy Bank from Mexico, 1980's
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Painted ceramic piggy bank from Morelos, Mexico, 1980's. Folk art carnival animal figures.
Category

1980s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

20th Century Ransbottom Spongeware Water Cooler
Located in Los Angeles, CA
20th century Ransbottom spongeware pottery water cooler. Complete with lid and faucet in pristine condition.
Category

20th Century American Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Pottery

Set of Ceramic Carnival Animal Figures from Mexico, Circa 1980´s and 1990´s
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Set of 3 ceramic carnival animal figures from Morelos, Mexico. These colorful figures were hand crafted and hand painted using paint glaze. The lively pieces were prominent in the 19...
Category

1990s Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

20th Century Ransbottom Cookie Jar
Located in Los Angeles, CA
20th century Robinson Ransbottom cookie jar. 2qt canister. Beautiful condition.
Category

20th Century American Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Pottery

Mexican Tonala Pottery Hand Painted Bird Folk Art
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Mexican Tonala hand painted pottery bird Folk Art. Flora de la Cruz Acapulco Gro Mexico hand painted bird dove ceramic. Warm earth tone polychrome colors with abstract desi...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Pottery, Ceramic

Mexican Ceramic Jug with Fishes 1996 Dolores Porras Folk Art Decorative Piece
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
Dolores Porras Enríquez is widely known throughout Mexico and the world for being the creator of a technique rooted in the land of Oaxaca: pottery in natural color, glazed and decora...
Category

1990s Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Enamel

Pueblo Ceramic Floral Motif Water or Tea Pitcher, Mexico
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful example of traditional Mexican Folk Art, this pitcher will be a lovely addition to any table setting. Created from ceramic, it is glazed in a floral motif of green, blue,...
Category

20th Century Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Folk Art Geometric Back and White Flower Vase
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A small round geometric flower vase in black and cream. The body of this piece is wide in form and is decorated with deep brown or black swirl designs on a cream background. The bott...
Category

20th Century American Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Large Shipibo-Conibo Pot, Amazon, circa 1950
Located in Doylestown, PA
A wonderful and rare very large clay ceremonial jar made by the Shipibo-Conibo people of the upper Amazon region in Peru, circa 1950. Made by looping ropes of clay, one on top of ano...
Category

20th Century Peruvian Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Clay

Mexican Hand Painted Colorful Tonala Pottery Bird
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Mexican Tonala hand painted pottery bird Folk Art. Flora de la Cruz Acapulco Gro Mexico hand painted bird dove ceramic. Warm earth tone polychrome colors with abstract flow...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

19th Century Decorated Stoneware Blue Decorated Crock
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fine double handled blue decorated stone ware crock is in good condition with minor chip on interior. There is an embossed three above the hand painted and decorated flowers on ...
Category

1850s American Antique Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Pottery

Tlaquepaque Mexican Bedside Water Bottle with Tumbler Top
Located in New York, NY
Tlaquepaque glazed pottery bedside water bottle with tumbler top. Hand painted with cacti, rabbits, birds, campesino and dog having a siesta and scenes of Old Mexico, circa 1930s-19...
Category

20th Century Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Pottery

Ancient Barro Pot #11 from Mexico, circa 1940
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1940, we offer this fantastic ancient barro pot from Mexico, made in Puebla México hand crafted . This style of pottery is very rare, originally used for storing water from nea...
Category

1940s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Terracotta

Malaysia Earthenware Handcrafted Brown & Taupe Glaze Bud Weed Vase Pottery 1980
Located in Miami, FL
Marked Malaysia Vintage earthenware handcrafted brown and Taupe studio piece with the inside glazed, bud or weed Studio Piece vase, decanter, vessel. Established in 1989, Tenmoku Po...
Category

Late 20th Century Malaysian Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Earthenware

Mexican Tonala Hand Painted Colorful Pottery Dove
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Mexican Tonala hand painted pottery dove Folk Art. Rita Tilleya Yelapa Mexico hand painted ceramic bird dove. Warm earth tone polychrome colors with floral hand painted on ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

1880 French Country Pair of Navy Blue Edged Folk Art Majolica Decorative Plates
Located in New York, NY
Two quite rare earthenware sculptural decorative plates in barbotine, dated 1880, handcrafted in Clermont Ferrand, central part of France, by Charles Jaubert decorator, engraved sign...
Category

Late 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Majolica

Antique Spongeware Bowl. Scottish, 19th Century
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Lovely spongeware dish Probably Scottish Wonderful naive decoration  
Category

Mid-19th Century Scottish Antique Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Pottery

Mocha Large Tureen with Earthworm Design on Ochre Ground, Early 19th Century
Located in Downingtown, PA
Mocha large tureen and cover with earthworm design on ochre ground, circa 1800-1820. The cover tureen with blue handles and finials is decorated with a wide central band of ochre...
Category

Early 19th Century Antique Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Creamware, Pottery

C. 1890 Thoune Swiss Plate by Louis Ritschard St.Beatenburg
By Louis Ritschard, Thoune
Located in London, GB
A circa 1890s, Swiss late 19th century, Thoune plate of St. Beatenburg and painted by Louis Ritschard (French 1817 - 1904). A beautifully painted, in miniature, of a lakeside scenery...
Category

Late 19th Century Swiss Antique Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Pottery, Paint, Ceramic

Mocha Pottery Double Cat's Eye-Decorated Jug, circa 1820
Located in Downingtown, PA
Mocha Pottery double cat's eye-decorated jug, circa 1820 The jug with two bands of a gray-brown ground each with a series of four-color cat's eye-red, brown, white and gray. Thre...
Category

Mid-19th Century English Antique Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Pearlware, Pottery

Large Creamware Racing Horse Leeds Pottery Made England Circa 1890
Located in Katonah, NY
WHY WE LOVE IT: Always wanted one of these. We're thrilled to have found it. We are delighted to offer this late Leeds Pottery stallion. He has a wonderful face with beautiful eyes. ...
Category

Late 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Creamware

1950s French Friar Ceramic Liquor Bottle
Located in High Point, NC
A selection of ceramic bottles from France, produced between the 1950s and 1970s. With their floor length brown cassocks cinched at thick waists with a rope, these friar themed vinta...
Category

1950s French Vintage Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Cork

Vintage Mexican Tonala Pottery Hand Painted Bird
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Mexican Tonala hand painted pottery bird Folk Art. Flora de la Cruz Acapulco Gro Mexico hand painted bird dove ceramic. Warm earth tone polychrome colors with abstract desi...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Big Size Ancient Barro Pot #13 from Mexico, circa 1940
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1940, we offer this fantastic ancient barro pot from Mexico, made in Puebla México hand crafted . This style of pottery is very rare, originally used for storing water from nea...
Category

1940s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Terracotta

Mexican Hand Painted Colorful Tonala Pottery Ducks Set of Three
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Mexican Tonala hand painted pottery birds Folk Art with brass decoration in the style of Sergio Bustamante. Vintage Mexican ceramic and brass hand painted Tonala pottery duc...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Brass

Pair of German Glazed Porcelain Elephants, 1920's
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Two German 1920s German Porcelain Elephants. These pair in the classic gray coloration with a black streak running along the back. Both figures are in very good vintage condition ...
Category

Early 20th Century German Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

Hand Thrown Glazed, Signed and Dated Artisanal Ceramic Pottery Bowl
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Wheel thrown pottery glazed with a white glaze decorated with a hand painted blue flower pattern. This is a one of a kind object made in the ancient way by hand in a small artisanal ...
Category

20th Century American Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Marbled Roadside Pottery Malachite Look Bowl in with Glazed Turquoise Interior
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A petite small clay roadside decorative touring bowl. This catchall or dish is short, and wide, and decorated with a malachite look green marbled design on the exterior. The inside i...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Paint, Ceramic, Earthenware

19Thc Marbleized Stone Ware Piggy Bank
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a very early stone ware glazed piggy bank from New England. This is a handmade piggy bank in very good condition.
Category

1870s American Antique Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Pottery

Janice Weisler Vintage Earthenware Handcrafted Lidded Bowl Hues of Brown America
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage earthenware handcrafted lidded bowl in hues of brown for Preservatives, Sugar, Candy Bowl, made in America. Stamped at the base, Janice Weisler. Pottery Art in superb craft...
Category

Late 20th Century American Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Earthenware

Mata Ortiz Polychrome Effigy Pot by Mauro Quezada, 1989
By Mauro Quezada
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Polychrome effigy pot Mauro Quezada Hand coiled low fired clay 1989 Pueblo Quezada, Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico Measures: 4.75 inches height x 5.5 inches in diameter Mauro Quezada...
Category

Late 20th Century Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Clay, Paint

Torito de Pucara Antique Painted Terra Cotta Pottery Peruvian Bull Sculpture
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage handcrafted Torito de Pucara terra cotta traditional Folk Art ceramic bull. Since 1908 these bulls or Torito de Pucaras have been traditionally sold at the Pucara train stati...
Category

Mid-20th Century Peruvian Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Terracotta

Vintage Mexican Pottery Black & White Fantasia Design Tri-Leg Fluted Bowl
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous Mexican pottery black & white Fantasia design tri-leg fluted bowl. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that this is vintage and not new so will have signs of use and wear. ...
Category

20th Century Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

Ceramic Hen Whistle from Mexico, 1980s
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Painted ceramic hen whistle from Morelos, Mexico, 1980s. These figure were available in the traveling carnivals in the early 1980s.
Category

1980s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Earthenware Handcrafted Brown & Red Drip Glaze Bud, Weed Vase, Pottery
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage earthenware handcrafted brown and red studio piece with drip glaze bud or weed Studio Piece vase, decanter, vessel. Pottery Art in superb craftsmanship.
Category

Late 20th Century American Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Earthenware

Small Ceramic Blue and White Marbled Pinch Pot Vase
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful small ceramic pinch pot vase. Created from clay, this fun piece will be fantastic used in a grouping of other vases and filled with your favorite blooms. Glazed in a soft...
Category

20th Century American Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

German Antique Handmade Salt Glazed Fruit Patterned Stoneware Bottle
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
An exceptional and unusual antique German salt glazed hand worked stoneware bottle decorated with stylised fruit designs dating from the 19th century. The bottle is of square shape w...
Category

1870s German Antique Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Stoneware

English Staffordshire Ceramic Toby Jug Figure
Located in Bradenton, FL
English Staffordshire ceramic Toby Jug figure with jug in right hand and sitting on a barrel. "Hearty Good Fellow" type with polychrome underglaze colors, decorated in the round.
Category

Late 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Pottery

Folk Art Studio Pottery Bunny
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Folk Art Studio Pottery Bunny - We shop a lot and this bunny is one of our favorite finds. A precious little thing with a great spirit and energy. A compliment to any settings, espec...
Category

20th Century Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Pottery

Mexican Antique One of a Kind Flower Pot Clay Dolores Porras Ceramic Vase
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
Dolores Porras Enríquez is widely known throughout Mexico and the world for being the creator of a technique rooted in the land of Oaxaca: pottery in natural color, glazed and decora...
Category

1980s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Enamel

Large Ceramic Pitcher Green and White by Royal Delft England
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Stunning Delft green and white pitcher in very good condition. This is a beautiful and hard to find large water pitcher. The painting depicts a boat on one side and on the other side...
Category

Mid-20th Century English Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Antique Ceramic Egg Shape Native American Hand Decorated Seed Pots, Set of 2
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A pair of ceramic egg shape Native American seed pots. Each pot is ovular and egg-like in shape and features a small hole at the base of each pot. Pots like these were used to store ...
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Paint

Vintage Earthenware Handcrafted Hues of Blue Drip Glaze Pottery, Planter, Vessel
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage earthenware handcrafted Hues of blue studio piece with drip glaze vase, planter, vessel. Pottery Art in superb craftsmanship. No Markings found.
Category

Late 20th Century American Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Earthenware

Mexican Colorful Folk Art Ceramic Vase Tecuanes Dance Vessel
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
Beautiful Mexican ceramic vase made with cooked clay and decorated with acrylic paint. The vessel represents the traditional dance for the good harvest and fertility, practiced st...
Category

2010s Mexican Folk Art Ceramics

Materials

Clay, Ceramic, Acrylic

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