Ceramics Art & Perception

Articles from No. 79, March-May

Appreciating Ceramics or So Much More Than Just an Egg Cup or a Milk Jug
THIS ARTICLE WAS PRESENTED AS A PAPER AT THE 2ND ICMEA (International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association) Conference entitled Appreciating Ceramics which was held at Fuping Pottery Art Village, Shaanxi, China from 6-9 November 2007. [ILLUSTRATION...
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Art, Technology and the Human Imperative
SOMETIMES WE THINK OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY AS opposed to one another--the former based on intuitive, often serendipitous impulses; the latter on rational and methodical application of observable facts. But throughout the history of civilization, art...
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Brigitte Penicaud: The Musical Picturality
A STYLISTIC AND DECORATIVE THINKING MUST COMbine the three elements analysed by Moholy-Nagy in his Bauhaus courses: structure as the principle of composition of the material, texture as "the surface as the organic result of the structure", and manner...
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Chad Curtis: Retooling Technology: Recasting Creativity
LESS THAN A CENTURY SINCE THEIR EMBRYONIC PHASE, computer-aided technologies have developed and proliferated to the point where one no longer invokes the stuff of science fiction when imagining the entire realm of existence under sway of a vast synthetic...
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Cindy Kolodziejski's Water World
CINDY KOLODZIEJSKI'S VENICE, CALIFORNIA, HOUSE and studio could not be more different from the ceramic sculptures she creates. Her sage-green smooth stucco rectangular home with its etched glass door opens up to stark white walls, skylights and a minimalist...
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Clementina Van der Walt
CLEMENTINA VAN DER WALT EXHIBITED, TO GREAT effect, at the renowned Kim Sacks Gallery in Johannesburg. The moment you walk through the kraal style gate, into this hallowed space, you are immersed in everything African. These objets d'art are desirable...
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Departures: Michael Moore
IT WAS SHORTLY AFTER MY APPOINTMENT IN 2001 AS Curator of Ceramics in the National Museum of Ireland that I first came across the work of Michael Moore. At that stage of his career he was completing a Masters Degree on the history of Irish studio ceramics...
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Dorothy Feibleman
DOROTHY FEIBLEMAN'S KILN IS HER LABORATORY. That is the case for many ceramists, but Feibleman goes to the extreme. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The exquisitely delicate, intricately patterned porcelain platters, bowls and sake cups she exhibited at...
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Earth to Form: Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney 17th July-8th August, 2009
EARTH TO FORM IS AN EXHIBITION THAT BRINGS together, as the publicity states, a group of artists who use clay as a medium for sculpture with a focus on form and concept. Some of the themes of this exhibition are: the environment, personal and cultural...
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Edith Heath: Thoroughly Modern
A RECENT EXHIBITION EDITH HEATH: TABLETOP MODERNIST, mounted by the Pasadena Museum of California Art, asks its audience to take a closer look at the designer's dinnerware and evaluate it not only as a functional commodity but as sculpture for the...
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Editorial
The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) is an organization that gives aid to US artists whose livelihoods depend upon their studio work but who have lost those studios through natural disasters such as a hurricane, flood, earthquake, fire or other occurrence...
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Ester Beck: Movement in Matter
IT IS THE NATURE OF ART TO SHOW US FAMILIAR REALITY IN a new way. Traditional art, with its conventional patterns and paradigms, is a particularly good place to begin reappraising and changing what we perceive as reality. The artist is challenged to...
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In a Relationship: A Look at Work by Kevin Snipes
FROM TRUTH TO MATERIAL TO TROMPE L'OEIL, FROM woodfired surfaces to majolica, the contemporary ceramic aesthetic is at the very least pluralistic. Visiting galleries from New York to Los Angeles and Mexico, Tanzania and China, it was easy to see the...
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Jason Briggs: Not-So Private Parts
Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels." --Francisco Goya RIPE WITH CONFRONTATIONAL SUBJECT MATTER, JASON Briggs' highly detailed porcelain sculptures...
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Jason Lim's Clay Addiction
SMASHED INTO A MILLION PIECES. AN ACCIDENT THAT every ceramist avoids. Just Dharma by Jason Lim (b. 1966) falls within an instant. Propelled downward by her weight and mass, as gravity enforced its pull it caused Just Dharma, the ceramic installation...
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Julia Galloway: Quiescent
JULIA GALLOWAY'S QUIESCENT IS A LESSON ON BEAUTY AS an instrument of disarmament against complacency and padding the nest. Quiescent is seduction through accessible visual appeal, a reprieve from the elusive and obscure. There is, however, a warning...
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Kirsi Kivivirta: Minimalist Wall Compositions
THERE ARE FEW CERAMIC WORKSHOPS IN THE CENTRE OF Helsinki, Finland and Kirsi Kivivirta's studio in one of the former working class neighbourhoods is a rarity. The 80-square-metre area on the fourth floor was converted in 1987 into a work space by a...
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Miracle: Adil Writer
IN UNCERTAIN TIMES, ONCE, A PECULIAR WALRUS SAID TO A butterfly, "If you leave a dream untouched for too long, it turns sour like yesterday's milk." The butterfly fluttered its newly-grown wings and replied, "Oh no, it does not. A dream, in fact, is...
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Organic Bonds: Burcu O. Karabey's Recent Works
Ne duyu, ne goru, sade yildizlar. None sense nor sight only the stars now. Butun muyum, parCa miyim, kim bilir? Am I whole or a fragment, who knows? Yitmis gitmisim guneslerle yuklu; Loaded with suns I am lost and gone; Yiten gunes degil, toprak degildir....
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Origins: Jordi Marcet and Rosa Vila-Abadal
THE CATALAN CERAMISTS JORDI MARCET (1949) AND Rosa Vila-Abadal (1950) started their ceramics studies at the Massana School and their design studies at Eina School, both of which are situated in Barcelona, Spain. In 1967 they worked in the workshop...
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Russell Wrankle
RUSSELL WRANKLE STANDS ALONE AS AN ARTIST. IN a time where so much art is either overly explainable, or overly personal, Wrankle has created a highly personal art that speaks to larger human aspirations, fears and insecurities without bearing all of...
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Spheres and Sense: Bozena Sacharczuk
PONDERING ON THE WORKS BY BOZENA SACHARCZUK, I would like to share, at least partly, the way I was moved by them. The force that they hold convinces me about the artist finding her own style. It is not that easy, especially when we think of a style...
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Stations of the Cross: Julia Nema
I FIRST SAW STATIONS of the Cross by Julia Nema at almost the same time that I stumbled upon Minimum, a book by British architect John Pawson. (1) There is always a touch of magic to such coincidences. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Looking at Stations...
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The First British Ceramics Biennial 2009
ON LEARNING OF THE PLANS FOR A BRITISH BIENnial (BCB) celebrating the endeavours of its best ceramists I was delighted. Many of our European neighbours have for decades organised such events with great success promoting both artists and country. Indeed...
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The Margins: A Theory of Resistance in Contemporary Ceramics
THE MARGINS WAS AN ENORMOUS FOUR DAY SURVEY exhibition of 39 artists at NCECA Phoenix 2009, curated by participating artists Nate Betschart and Brian Gillis. It is a precipice, an equivocal moment, and like so many historical moments in the field,...
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The Potential for Redefinition: A Review of Clay Economies
IN AUGUST 2008 TWO EXHIBITIONS OF CERAMICS, each with a concurrent publication, opened at nearly opposite ends of New Zealand's North Island. One was Raising Boys at the Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery, Napier, curated by Lucy Hammonds. The other,...
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The Silences of Still Life: Laurent Craste
UNUSUAL APPOSITIONS GOVERN THE RECENT WORK of Laurent Craste. Ceramics serves as both physical support and signifying material in his video and much of the short sequences that make up his recent production--including a public presentation in 2009,...
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Two Views: One Artist Dreams Adil Writer
WHAT ARE DREAMS? DREAMS ARE THE SKY-LIT STUdios where we sketch the fluid outlines of the world as we might render it if we were freed from the laws of physics and biology which we must obey and from the shackles of convention and morality to which...
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