Ceramics Art & Perception

Articles from No. 68, June-August

Alison Reintjes: Pattern, Order, Structure
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ALISON REINTJES LOVES PATTERN. HER CERAMIC VESsels use functional slipcast forms to support surface decorations in a wide range of styles: geometric designs that feature sharply drawn parallel lines or sets of coloured stripes...
All Fired Up: The Symbolism of Firing
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] "IN AGES EARLIER THAN OUR OWN, WHICH WERE MORE keenly aware of symbolic correspondences, their feeling for this origin of clay in the earth, symbol for the most concrete objective reality, which was passed through fire, symbol...
All Great Things Start with Blasphemy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "If you don't go to extremes, you don't go anywhere." Asger Jorn "Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison." Georges Bataille "I once...
All Nations Have Their Moment of Foolishness
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We have stumbled into the 21st century with the technologies of 'Star Wars' and the emotional maturity of cavemen. If we can't find more creative solutions to solving worldwide social and political problems than sending young...
Christine Moore: Coil on Coil
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] IT IS 2 AM AND A SOFT GLOW EMANATES THROUGH THE fogged garage-door window. The small house sits below towering redwoods in the mountains above Santa Cruz, California. Cold air seeps into the workspace but there is no notice...
Christy Keeney: Sublime Sculptures an Essence of the Past
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] LIFE IS SWEET WHEN OPPORTUNITY COMES YOUR WAY; the chance to buy a site on higher purchase prompted Christy Keeney to move back home to Ireland. Living in the hills of Donegal surrounded by entrancing beauty, encapsulated...
Clay STATEments NSW 09
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] CLAY STATEMENTS NSW 09, HELD AS PART OF THE 11th National Australian Ceramic Conference at the Brisbane Convention Centre in late 2006, aimed to survey the diversity of current ceramic practice in New South Wales. In 2009...
Common Objects Common Gestures
PROBABLY THE BEST WAY OF UNDERSTANDING AND explaining the everyday objects that populate our lives and that pass our eyes and hands is through using them. The subtle intimate ways in which we all 'make do' with objects (as makers and as users) amount...
Daniel Pontoreau's: Substance Plans
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DANIEL PONTOREAU'S PLACE IN THE ARTISTIC FIELD of contemporary sculpture is fairly singular. Indeed his work has always been meant to be 'in-between'--on the one hand it is modern in that it uses industrial materials and,...
Encountering Hybridization: Avant-Garde Ceramics and Mixed Media
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] AT THE JUNE 2006 SOFA (SCULPTURE, OBJECTS and Functional Art) show, Mark Dean, of the Manhattan-based DEAN PROJECT, brought together several artists whose work defines and eschews the nature of ceramics today. Of the 12 artists...
Frank Boyden: Oregon Postscript
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] RECENTLY WHILE TRAVELLING TO UNDERTAKE A RESidency at Clatsop Community College, Astoria, I took the opportunity to re-visit Frank Boyden at his home and studio at Otis on the Oregon coast. I had not been to that part of...
Gudrun Klix: Travels in an Earthen Boat
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THERE YOU STAND, IN THE GALLERY, LOOKING AT AN object. You. Object. What if you could peel the surface from the object, expand and surround yourself with it. In the cycloramas of the 19th century the viewer was inserted into...
Ian Johnston: Reverence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "It is often said that in today's modern and postmodern world, the forces of darkness are upon us. But I think not; in the Dark and the Deep there are truths that can always heal. It is not the forces of darkness but of shallowness...
James Lovera: Craters from Fire
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] James Lovera Craters from Fire Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California VISITING THE EXHIBITION, CRATERS FROM FIRE: Ceramics by James Lovera, was a remarkable experience. More than 60 ceramic objects by the accomplished...
Janet Leach (1918-1997) A Retrospective Tate Gallery St Ives 2006
Janet Leach (1918-1997) A Retrospective Tate Gallery St Ives 2006 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT IS WIDELY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT OUTSPOKEN AND original potter, Janet Darnell Leach, third wife of the legendary Bernard Leach, was a complex and at times...
Jenny Beavan: Explorations in Material and Place
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] JENNY BEAVAN HAS MOVED STUDIO AND HOME AND HAS completed her first major commission. These changes have had an impact on her work, although many of the various strands of interest from previous work remain. One of the central...
Julie Bartholomew's: Transitional Bodies
RAPT AND BRANDED WAS THE TITLE OF JULIE BARTHOLOMEW'S submission for a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of NSW. It comprised of both an exhibition (at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Art, Sydney) and an accompanying thesis which provided...
Malcolm Mobutu Smith: Touch and Circumstance
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] MALCOLM MOBUTU SMITH, COMBINING THE visual language of graffiti art with the observance of ceramic and contemporary art history, makes sophisticated sculptural forms based on repeated and opposing elements. In his exhibition,...
Patty Wouters: Strength & Persistence
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE THAT SUCH A PROFICIENT ceramist as Belgian Patty Wouters could have ever considered another path. A little over three decades ago Wouters knew her career would be in the arts--exactly where within its...
Planes Meeting: Con-Figurations by Hanna Back
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HANNA BACK IS WELL KNOWN FOR HER POTTERY, less well for her architectural forms concerned with basic configurations as a lived and living experience which also, curiously, serve as urns. Architectural structures and gardens...
Response by Jim Romberg to Adam Welch's Review Ceramics: Art and Perception Issue 66
IT IS NOTABLE THAT CERAMICS: ART AND PERCEPTION has published these articles since, as has been discussed at many venues and in many publications, the dialogue about criticism in contemporary ceramics has existed more in books and less in regularly...
The Journey of Janet Korakas
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] THE ACT OF ART MAKING CAN BE A BEWILDERING AND, at times, tormenting process that absorbs the artist to the point of distraction. The creative spirit is a needy restless one which can demand attention every waking moment,...
The University of Iowa Museum of Art Ceramics Gallery
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] World ceramics has become a central part of the permanent collection of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA). Here, ceramics from 8th--10th century Iran exist alongside antiquities from Peru and Mexico, Southwest-American...
Tim Taunton: Dreamworks
IN A MASTERFUL INTRODUCTION TO A COLLECTION OF essays on Surrealist art, Sir Herbert Read contends that "every authentic image is conceived in the unconscious". (1) He suggests further that artistic inspiration parallels the formation of a dream. It...