Illustrated is a handbuilt beaked pitcher I made a long while back, I recently found the slides and had them converted to digital. Relying on a bit of myth with some liberties taken in terms of the details, the pitcher depicts the tale of Icarus, portrayed as a female on the one side and Europa and the Bull on the other, and yes I know that Zeus was portrayed as a white bull but black worked better for the graphics! I have always been rather fascinated with world mythology and it routinely makes its way onto my pots in a wide variety of depictions from representational to abstract. In this example, the fully functional pitcher presented two large panels to paint on owing some homage to ancient Greek and Roman fresco. At the end of the day, this was a fun pot to build and even more fun to paint.
Here is a classic from the very late 1980s; Michael Penn NO MYTH (1989)