Love the cool colors and the organic mixed with the geometric. Organic is present in the roundness of the vessels and the subtle pushing out of the form of some pieces on the first row. Geometry is present in the crisply folded rims and the angular color patterns on the surface. Jon is from the Yorkshire Dales in England and home schooled by his mom. Early on, he realized that ART was his connection to the world. He also paints and draws in pastels. Check out more pots and other art work on his webpage: http://www.middlemissart.com/index.html
Ooooooooo the translucency...the light! These pieces kind of take my breath away. especially the ones with color. I just cam upon these beautiful pieces...I had never, in my 40+ years in clay, head of this potter. Staffel is a master. I genuflect. “I had a notion that I could be a painter and a potter or rather be a painter who was a potter or eventually be a potter who was a painter and then eventually be a potter.” (Rudolf Staffel Staffel began his artistic career as a painter, eventually studying with storied painter, Hans Hoffmann in New York. While studying glassblowing in Mexico, he came upon Pre-Columbian ceramics and began working in stoneware. Inspired by the translucency of glass, he began working with porcelain, creating works that were so thin they were/are luminescent. He, sorrowfully died in 2002 http://www.rudolfstaffel.com/
I love crystalline glazes, they always look so yummy. Matt Horne's are no exception. He produces great form with a lot of variety. Matt Horne is English and used to work in stoneware making domestic use wares. He also now works in porcelain with these terrific crystalline glazes. Go learn more about Matt and his very colorful pieces, go to his website: https://www.matthornepottery.co.uk/
Too much going on to get HERE!! BUT, here I go. YUM, YUM, YUMMY! Candy! that is what I think of when looking at Kate's work. I just wanna eat it up. Kate is a resident of London and SW France (envious!). A painter as well, her work is loosely based on landscapes and seascapes, memories and symbols of those places. I assume, by the look of her ceramics pieces, that they are made of yummy white porcelain and they serve as a different type of canvas...a useable, 3D 'painting' . See more at her website... http://www.katewickham.com/paintings/
Spontaneous, abstract, yet normal. These forms are typical for teabowls, but the embellishment is anything but. I appreciate the chaotic, Pollock-like action painting on the outer surface. There is a nice contrast with the single color interior...a bit of calm after the storm. Campbell Hegan, New Zealander, recent works are thrown from red-ware, with a white ground applied before decorating. He uses his interest in teabowls and abstract expressionist painting to thoughtfully apply layers of color and pattern to the exterior surface. Hegan is a highly regarded potter and ceramics educator, and along with his wife, revitalizing and running Sturt Pottery in NZ. http://www.campbellhegan.com/
I hope where David is, is warmer than Kansas City! He's in Grayslake, Illinois, west of Lake Michigan and North of Chicago. Nahhh, it's not warm. David's work is so appealing...great forms and patterns...and it's woodfired! I like that the patterns are even on the bottom. These patterns are inspired by patterns on clothing he saw in the 70's. They also have a wonderful uplifting movement in the finger marks running up the side of many of the cups. Check out his great website! http://www.davidwbolton.com/ ps. A little extra something...the white wall abacus to the right
I love contrast. I love slab-built. I love simple decoration...something I can't seem to get a grip on! Lari Washburn, an artist living in Maine, creates these wonderful pots as well as spectacular drawings and paintings. She began work in clay in 2012 and her 2-D imagery is present on her ceramic vessels. She states that she wants to create movement, beauty and calm in her work and I think she has succeeded.! Check out more of her work at: https://www.lariwashburn.com/ceramics/
BOOM! These pots make themselves welcome wherever they sit themselves down. Massive & formidable, these sharp edged, double walled vessels convey strength with a smidge of vulnerability...in the tiny drips from the wall. An Austrian, Bohle works in stoneware and fires his work in an open reduction flame. He purposely glazes contrasting forms in his work with different glaze surfaces...matte, gloss, or different colors. He has no website, but is represented by several galleries with excellent bios and descriptions of work. https://www.sarahmyerscough.com/thomas-bohle http://www.pulsceramics.com/exhibitions/thomas-bohle-2007/
I was drawn to Susan Nemeth's decorative surfaces and simple forms. I purposely went from bold to delicate surfaces in Susan Nemeth's images to show the first piece that caught my eye to the to the 'sweet' pieces that I finally saw. Bold colors and pattern...soft colors and patterns...I love them all! Susan makes functional and 'funk-tional' work (my word, not hers). Her work is created from porcelain and various and numerous stains applied over each other, press-molded to achieve the desired form. To see more of her work, especially the larger, funkier pieces, go to her webpage: https://www.susannemeth.co.uk/inlaid-porcelain
Author~ Susan Speck: I love everything about clay. I like making, teaching, looking at, owning and using pots. This blog is a continuation of my Facebook posts that have been going on since the day after the disappointing 2016 election. I [we] needed to have something good to see and think about.
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