Ceramics Art & Perception

Articles from No. 72, June-August

Allison Newsome: Plein Air
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ALLISON NEWSOME IS A PLEIN AIR PAINTER--IN CLAY. She ventures out into the fields or the bay and brings her clay slip, which she applies to the natural forms of rocks or trees or other environmental...
Annabeth Rosen: Between Drawing and Sculpture
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN REFERENCE TO WORKS OF art, the word 'scale' can simply indicate the proportional relationship between an object and its representation. It can also describe something quite different: an effect of intimacy or monumentality...
Ben Waterman: In Pursuit of Process
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BEN WATERMAN CONCEIVED HIS PROJECT, RECKONING of Mile in the aftermath of hopping freight trains--an experience prompted by his desire to get at the heart of America. Ambiguous longings often result in disappointment. In...
Clay Portraits: Gertraud Mohwald at the Gardiner Museum
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I LIKE MY PORTRAIT, I CAN ACCEPT MYSELF LIKE THAT, there is nothing artificial about it; that is good and consoles me for my wrinkles. I don't...
Complicated Simplicity: The Porcelain of Lut Laleman
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN RECENT YEARS, BELGIAN CERAMIST LUT LALEMAN'S work has repeatedly attracted attention. In 2004 and 2006, she became a laureate in Belgian ceramic contests. In 2005, Laleman was selected for the international ceramics...
Dennis Lee Mitchell: Natural Fragments
WHAT IS IT WE LEARN FROM NATURE AND WHY are we always drawn back to it? Is it something about paying attention? Does it teach us about ourselves through metaphor and example? Or does it teach us about itself, about paying attention to the concrete...
Editorial
These first few months of 2008 have seen a remarkable number of exhibitions, competitions, conferences and events: the gallery-sponsored Collect fair at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the third in its history, enabled galleries, British...
Emmett Leader: Slonim Revisited
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EMMETT LEADER'S WORK SLONIM REVISITED IS AN installation that is a window into the world of Judaism and the Jewish Diaspora. It weaves two stories, one dealing with his youth in rural Vermont, USA, and the other based upon...
Facing East: Karen Koblitz in Azerbaijan
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FACING EAST IS AN EXHIBIT OF ARTIST KAREN KOBLITZ'S aesthetic interpretation in ceramics and weaving of the culture of Azerbaijan. Opened in September 2007 at the L2Kontemporary Gallery in Los Angeles, California, visitors...
Ilona Romule's Porcelain Fables
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] KNIFING DOWNWARD A FINGER'S BREADTH FROM the wall, a bat-headed creature with a naked human torso extends its webbed wings in free fall. A silent rush of air draws back the creature's pointed ears and sweeps its long braided...
Jane Robertson: The Devil Is in the Detail
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JANE ROBERTSON LIVES ON 100 ACRES OUTSIDE OF THE township of Nairne in the Adelaide Hills. The property occupies one side of a hill opposite Mt. Barker, sloping from the dirt road that crests the ridge to a winter creek...
Japan Folk Crafts Museum: White Porcelain & Blue-and-White
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE Tokyo metropolis, the somehow nostalgic and calming atmosphere of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, aka Mingeikan, embraces visitors from the first step inside the front entrance...
Jean-Claude De Crousaz: Inspired Creations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN SOME 50 YEARS OF PRACTICE, JEAN-CLAUDE DE Crousaz (born in 1931) has acquired not only the stature of an eminently popular ceramist in his home-town of Geneva, but he has also contributed to the international renown...
Jessie Lim: Beyond Definition
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DEFINITION IN TODAY'S WORLD OF CONSTANT reinvention, speed and cultural-hyphenation existing between places, has lost its position. We are less willing to pigeon-hole or categorise an artist, cognisant of the hybrid place...
Kellogg Johnson: Archaic Forms Giants of Sense
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "IN MY BEGINNING IS MY END," WROTE T. S. ELIOT IN ONE of his late Quartets. The ceramic vessel is surely one of the earliest and most basic utensils of settled human existence. Emerging about the same time as agriculture...
Mimi Cabri: Dance of Life
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MIMI CABRI HAS THE BODY OF A DANCER--SUPPLE, strong, disciplined. With a dancer's grace she showed me how she extrudes the clay coils for her work. "I was doing it in an awkward way," she said, during our interview in the...
Recent Ceramics of Hiroe Swen: Conquering Adversity
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HUMAN LIFE IS LIKE A PENDULUM, OSCILLATING between turmoil and tranquillity, and most of the time we strive to keep it somewhere in the comfortable middle ground. There are times, however, when one ventures closer to the...
Ryan Mitchell: The Birth of Rubble
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WALKING INTO A RECENT EXHIBITION IN MISSOULA Montana, hosted by A&E Architects to view the exhibition The Birth of Rubble, one immediately senses the pure physicality of Ryan Mitchell's work....
Second Life of a Magic Must-Have
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JUST HOW DUTCH WAS THE DUTCH PORCELAIN THAT was produced in Holland in the 18th century? And what ideas do Dutch contemporary ceramists want their porcelain works to convey? These are the questions...
Steven Montgomery: Broken
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I HAVE BEEN A GREAT ADMIRER OF STEVEN MONTGOMERY'S work for almost 20 years. As the director of the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, I acquired an early work...
Tamasin Pepper: Rising to the Surface
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "WHEN I WAS A KID, I WANTED TO COLLECT ONE OF everything. Walking along the beach would be a doorpiece (the 'lid' on the shell of sea molluscs) or maybe a cowrie shell or a bit of driftwoo." Tamasin Pepper tells this story...
The Brick Sculptures of Peter Lange: Tokens from the Game
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LANGE'S SCULPTURES ARE MATERIAL NOT SPIRITUAL, expressing personal recollections of his childhood. However, they are tangible objects that can be readily interpreted by most viewers who usually respond with a pleasure and...
The Risk of Skill
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MARTIN LUNGLEY IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF POTTER. He makes pots that are raw, rugged and yet refined; his skill is evident but to him it is a burden. So often we look first at the material and the technique before we look at...
Vicious Figurines: Penny Byrne's Ceramic Advocacy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THEY POPULATE ANTIQUE STORES AND HAUNT THE cabinets in your grandmother's parlour: simpering Meissen maidens, archly-posed Dresden 'crinoline groups' and swirling pastel-hued gowns on Capodimonte cuties. The quiet aesthetic...