Victorian elegance and sophistication gets a dab of the macabre in Edinburgh-based artist Jessica Harrison’s collectible ceramic ladies. Ok maybe not a dab of the macabre, more of a splash. The ceramic figures are part of Body & Soul: New International Ceramics at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The exhibit features the human figure in contemporary ceramics.
Hong Kong-based sculptor Johnson Cheung-shing Tsang impresses with work like Conversation, Who Did It?, and A Painful Pot, just to mention a few of his stunning creations. Over the past few years he has specialized in artworks made of ceramics and stainless steel. His work usually combines two elements: the human being and an object, […]
Livia Marin, who appropriates mass-market objects to reflect on how people relate to them, has a Nomadic Patterns series showing ceramics having some sort of meltdown. The effect is surreal and makes us want to eat ice-cream. UPDATE: Guess what? We interviewed Livia Marin! Here’s a select bit from our exclusive interview. What gave you […]
My cupboard is overloaded with vintage ceramics. I used to have my studio right next to a thrift store. Every Monday, when the fresh goods had arrived, I went there to look for second-hand ceramics. The pieces started to pile up and I decided to hand-decorate them with my illustrations. Sometimes I have to start […]
Erin Lightfoot is a ceramic artist based in Brisbane. Starting her career as a graphic and fashion designer, Lightfoot’s love of physical objects drove her to select ceramics as the medium to launch her self-titled brand. Creating everything from bangles to vases, Lightfoot crafts by hand, pouring insane amounts of effort and love into each piece. The quality is amazing: each object glows with a youthful sense of joy and colour.
These perfect vessels in what seems to be an infinite array of colour combinations bring together two of Ben Fiess’ fascinations: the mass produced form and impeccable and complex record keeping. Although his database of glazes and clays is meticulous and scientific, and the porcelain forms firmly echo machine made and generic shapes, the combination of the two is both magical and resoundingly human.
Many fathoms ago, dinner time was yummy time. As kids, we were allowed to scoop, chew, swallow and repeat. Fast track a few years later and this hungry happy go lucky lad has found the ultimate chowdown party plate. Designer Boguslaw Sliwinski has cleverly produced ceramic plates of sporting figures on which cut fruit becomes a whole new flavour of fun.
Adam Tai is master wizard of all things clay. He is a ceramicist who sculpts surreal and organic flowing forms, pushing the boundaries of pot-making. He also paints and illustrates, in his hugely recognisable style of lava-like curves, flowing bubbles and oozing lifeforms. His attention to detail is second to none.
There’s something super charming about these ceramics by Argentine designer, Lola Goldstein. From the smiling and frowning salt and pepper shakers to the cracked vegetable spice holders, each set is more delightful than the next. If you like your eggs soft boiled, the egg cups complete with grinning faces, a petite spoon, and a dedicated salt shaker promise to brighten up any breakfast table.
Wow! I see so many different textures, colors, shapes, and sizes in Nathan Prouty’s work. Not normal ones, either. They all have a very strange and unearthly quality to them. I wouldn’t have been able to tell just by looking, but Prouty is a ceramic artist: the kind that makes you wonder how in the world he was able to do any of it. I have no idea, although I suspect that dental tools were involved.
Brett Freund ignores all those age-old stereotypes associated with ceramics. Put away the patchouli, these vessels take formation by pulling personality out of street art, classic tattoo flash, hyper-dimensional geometric forms and most importantly, bling. Combining contemporary pop critique with traditional technique, we are left to wonder about the difference between decorative and functionality.
I have an obsession with cups and saucers. And Lusesita has such a beautiful collection of them at her utilitarian ceramic store. I love the color palette and the shapes of her ceramics. Last weekend, we went to her solo show and I couldn’t help buying a super cool set in white with vintage rose decals.
I am a big fan of Charles Krafft, so I was drawn to the work of Maria Rubinke, who also breaks with the traditional aesthetic associated with ceramics. Violence and aggression are played out in a bloody tableaux contrasting with the decorative delicacy of the porcelain and becoming both dangerous and beautiful at the same time.
I’ve never been one to go nuts over ceramics. However, Louisianna artist Michaelene Walsh may have changed that in a big way. What’s not to love about a ceramic popsicle collection, ceramic representations of classic vintage toys, or her amazingly whimsical mugs? As easily as these objects might have been created out of any other […]
London-based Robert Ryan works with a form of art I wish I had the patience for — papercutting. He applies his emotive and fantastical art to a variety of applications, from screenprints and textiles, to ceramics and lazercutting.