Ceramics Art & Perception

Articles from No. 75, December

2009 NCECA Biennial: The Clay National
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JURIES ARE SUBJECTIVE. IN ANY COMPETITIVE EXHIBITION, the taste, preferences and prejudices of the jury form its theme. This context becomes the frame rough which every included piece is viewed. Exceptional...
Alessio Tasca: A Brief Profile by Pietro Elia Maddalena
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN MOST ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES ONE OF THE MAIN traits of modern ceramic art has been its anti-industrial attitude. Still nowadays, many ceramic artists live and work...
A Personal Journey: Part II-An Essay by Gary Healey
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WE ALL TRY TO MAKE GREAT ART BUT WHAT DO WE do and why? This article tries to explain a few of the things I do to make the best art I can, using a recent body of work Shell Fragments--In Memory as an example. (1) The technical...
Arthur Gonzalez: Sculptural Mastery and Mystery-A Question of Balance
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ARTHUR GONZALEZ'S NEW SERIES, A QUESTION OF Balance, offers embryonic glimpses into a new Zeitgeist. Signs, symbols and allusions emerge through layers of seemingly subtle material existence to once again engage viewers on...
Barry Singleton: To Make a Pot So Quiet It Speaks
I'd love to know what I'll be doing on the wheel when I'm 75.--Barry Singleton (Saturday Magazine, 1980) BORN IN BALLARAT (AUSTRALIA) IN 1938, IT IS NOW 2009 AND 50 years since he left art school, so he is well on the way to finding out the answer...
Breaking Some Eggs: Recent Artwork by Marty Shuter
Hatching an idea for a new show, at a new job in a different country--I've really flown the coop--it can be like running around like a chicken with its head cut off: So many ideas. I don't want to put all my eggs in one basket but if I don't settle...
Ceramics Pluralism: Diversity of Practice and the Role of Criticism
THE CRITIC HAROLD ROSENBERG, WHILE ASSESSING A PARTICULARLY challenging exhibition nearly 40 years ago, reportedly quipped that when one was at a complete loss for what to call something, art seemed as good a word as any. Though the wit remains vaguely...
Christopher Sanders: A Delicate Balance
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE CERAMIC WORK OF CHRISTOPHER SANDERS HAS always been quietly commanding of attention. It would be true to say that his contribution to the Australian ceramics scene is significant and yet not in...
Desire in Pleasure: The Origins and Ends of Claude Champy
IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I VISITED AN ARTIST IN his digs. Then, as now, my first reactions are pretty much the same: much pleasure in seeing someone in his element, confident, practically sovereign, even through the irony and humour of the artist...
Entre][Tierra: Cristina Cordova's Epic Installation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT IS NEVER EASY. BY DEFINITION, the human experience exempts us from the ability to witness our own activities objectively and gain an all-seeing view of our own dramas. Yet our existence compels us to seek and to understand,...
How Many Worlds? the Ceramic Art of Stephen Braun
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SCULPTOR STEPHEN BRAUN SEEKS TO CREATE A PIERCING visual language, one that motivates us, if not to act, then to think different). Out of the human figure and an ever-evolving inventory of icons,...
I and the 'I': Sculptures and Installations by Ivan Albreht
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK OP RECENT INSTALLATIONS and sculptures by Ivan Albreht (b.1970) is his interest in the overall structure and tendencies of contemporary society and the condition of the individual in relation to it....
Land Marks
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE DANISH ISLAND OF BORNHOLM IN THE BALTIC SEA IS home to a number of excellent artists and crafts people, some of whom presented an appealingly cohesive exhibition of works in ceramics, glass and wood at the Flow Gallery...
Parallel Worlds: Time and Transformation in the Work of Gregg Moore
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] GREGG MOORE'S BODY OF SCULPTURAL WORK Is A meditation on time and metamorphosis. For GMoore, "Nature's life force alters human production in the same way that it transforms...
Pots for Light: Galerie Besson, London 29 April-27 May 2009
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO GO UP THE STAIRS INTO ANITA Besson's gallery in the Royal Arcade in London's Bond Street art quarter. It is the pleasure of anticipation, for Besson has maintained for two decades a high standard...
Primping the Vacuous Soul: Recent Works by Misty Gamble
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PUPPETRY AND PERFORMANCE ARE FUNDAMENTAL elements to the ceramic figures by Northern California sculptor, Misty Gamble. Her work evolves from childhood experiences of assisting her well-known father...
Raucous Zen: The Ceramics of Ted Saupe
TED SAUPE IS A MODERN ARCHITECT OF THE ARCHAIC VESSEL. His earthenware and stoneware pots are neither Doric nor Ionic and are certainly not in the vein of Frank Gehry's deconstructionist form, yet they imbue a strong primitive sense of the weathered,...
Requiem for a Forest: The Ceramic Epitaphs of Cathi Jefferson
ON THE WEST COAST OF CANADA THE FORESTS ARE lush wet, dark green and unimaginably dense. Douglas fir tower above massive arcing ferns set deep into thick chartreuse pads of moss that hug the rocky ground. It is an ancient quiet forest steeped in ocean...
Resonant Earth: The Ceramic Sculpture of Halima Cassell
IT IS NOT EASY TO PUT INTO WORDS THE EFFECT THAT Halima Cassell's remarkable ceramic sculptures have on you when you first encounter a well-displayed selection of her work. I can only describe it as being like entering a concert hall and being hit...
Rough Terrain: Ceramics by Kim-Anh Nguyen
KIM-ANH NGUYEN WAS BORN IN ENGLAND AND SPENT part of her childhood in Vietnam and New Zealand before settling in Australia. She is a ceramic artist whose reputation has grown steadily since graduating in 2006. In 2008 Nguyen won the Stanhope Art Prize...
Sarit Cohen
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE PLATTER HAS ASSUMED A CENTRAL POSITION fn the work of Canberra based artist Sarit Cohen. Her works are a vehicle for both aesthetic and conceptual investigation and they have been selected for inclusion in the 2008 International...
Shirley Rimer
SHIRLEY RINIER CAN STILL REMEMBER WHEN SHE FIRST walked in to a ceramics studio at a local community college and knew that clay would be her calling. That was in 1979. Initially, as a young mother of a two-year old, her intention was to pursue art...
Striking Balance: The Ceramic Art of Randy Johnston
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE ACT OF CREATION REQUIRES BOTH FAMILIARITY WITH existing resources and the impetus to discover the unknown. Human curiosity and the drive to achieve and innovate spur the creative individual to...
Susan Beiner's Synthetic Reality: Biotechnology, Nature and Creativity
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE VIBRANT CORAL ACCRETIONS, PORIFERANS AND pulpy anemones of a tropical reef or the mossy, flower-spangled turf of an alpine meadow uprooted in sections from its tranquil bed and draped in vertical display like some ponderous...
Tales of Stones: Current Works by Hilda Merom
FOR MORE THAN POUR YEARS HILDA MEROM, A PROMINENT Israeli ceramic artist has been dividing her time between her established line of work and a specific project, she calls Stone Works. The first works were exhibited at her installation in Jingdezhen,...
This Tenuous Earth: Fiona Fell
THE FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION FIONA FELL HAD AT LEGGE Gallery, Sydney, was in 1990. This Tenuous Earth consisted of complex colourful figurative ceramic sculptures that outlined in three dimensions what might be seen as Fell's world view, namely that there...
Unpacking Alexandra McCurdy's Boxes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR MOS OF HER PROFESSIONAL LIFE AS A CERAMIST, Alexandra McCurdy has painstakingly created containers. Lidded jars, vessels like tiny chests decorated with motifs taken from textiles. Mi'kmaq quill boxes, quilts, and hooked...
Victor Greenaway at Cudgegong Gallery 2009
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A MEETING BETWEEN VICTOR GREENA4VAY PROM Melbourne, Australia, and Marino Moretti from Orvieto, Italy, in 1995, resulted in significant changes in work patterns for both artists. Both are potters and each has a desire to pursue...
Wendy Walgate Exuberance
ON HER OWN SPLENDID WEB SITE, THIS IS HOW WENDY Walgate introduces herself: "I am a ceramic artist working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For over 25 years, clay has been my medium and through the years, I have moved through functional work to sculptural...