Ceramics Art & Perception

Articles from No. 71, March-May

17 Prime Makers
IT IS A WIDELY ACCEPTED ASSERTION AMONG MAKERS OF ALL DISCIPLINES THAT potters in particular are good at organising themselves in order to present their work economically and effectively. It is also the case that potters have always been ready to...
Amanda Shelsher's: Friendly Forms
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THEY ARE QUIZZICAL AND DREAMY. THEY ARE SILENT, yet seem to have a tale to tell. They have small bald heads, long fingers and broad self-sup porting feet. They are an odd crowd of androgynous nudes...
Bacia Edelman: Function Is Optional
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BACIA EDELMAN'S POTS ARE VARIOUSLY ELEGANT, fanciful, playful and earthy, with lushly multi-layered and invitingly tactile surfaces. "Surfaces are important," she maintains, referring to the airbrushed, geometrically adorned,...
Ben Owen III: A Profile
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BEN OWEN III (B. 1968) HAS MADE POTTERY FOR SALE since he was 13 years old at the site where his grandfather and father established the Old Plank Road Pottery in the Seagrove area of Piedmont North Carolina in 1959. He...
Claire Verkoyen: Refined and Alienating
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR THE EXHIBITION PRETTY DUTCH IN THE PRINCESSEHOF in Leeuwarden, the Dutch ceramist Claire Verkoyen (1959, Willemstad, Curacao) draws her inspiration from 18th century Dutch Porcelain. The natural motifs are simultaneously...
Constant Alberston: Multi-Tiered Narratives
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE STRUCTURAL SIMPLICITY AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL quality of Constant Albertson's newest body of work allows an exploration of metaphor and fragmented narrative. There is an inherent openness to the forms and a complexity embedded...
Dana Major Kanovitz: On Transformation and Wings
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DANA MAJOR KANOVITZ'S WINGED FIGURES WERE first shown at the Lillstreet Art Center in 2006 and more recently through Ferrin Gallery at SOFA Chicago 2007. Slab-built from...
Dirk Staschke: Industrial Chinoiserie
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CHINA LOOMS LARGE IN THE ENTREPRENEURIAL imagination. Industrial titan of the contemporary world, it is a land of opportunity where glinting spires of glass and steel rise through veils of white smoke hanging in the air...
Editorial
Editors of ceramic magazines from Europe, Asia and Australia converged on Fuping, Shaanxi Province, in the centre of China for the triennial International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association (ICMEA) conference held in November, 2007. Calls for...
Form and Imagination: Women Ceramic Sculptors
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THROUGH SCULPTURAL WORK THAT IS REPRESENTATIONAL, content-driven and symbolically rich, Form and Imagination: Women Ceramic Sculptors, exhibited at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in 2007, grapples with issues quite...
John Albert Murphy: Revelations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE ART OF JOHN ALBERT MURPHY IS COMPLEX, FILLED with allegory and wonderfully surreal. His porcelain surfaces play upon our eyes, while testing our sense of space and dimension. The shapes, patterns...
Kaye Pemberton: Eight Days a Week
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN JOHN LENNON AND PAUL MCCARTNEY wrote the immortal lyric 'eight days a week' it described devotion of an order that went beyond the bounds of normal space and time. Those physical and temporal parameters are increasingly...
Lone Skov Madsen: Le Plat-The Platter
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE FRENCH PHILOSOPHER ROLAND BARTHES CONCLUDES HIS Mythologies (1957) with a few thought-provoking ruminations on the process of interpreting things around us: "... we are always commuting between the object and the demystification...
Masterful Creations: Assembling a Genre of Established and Emerging Ceramic Artists under One Roof, Mastery Brings the Varied Expressions of Traditional Form of Oriental Aesthetic to Hong Kong
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The recently concluded ceramic art exhibition, Mastery at Soho Galleries, was perhaps the first of its kind to have brought the diversity and mastery of ceramic artists, both established and upcoming, to Hong Kong. Curated...
Peter Beard: Form and Surface
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PETER BEARD SUGGESTED WE MEET TWO WEEKS BEFORE the opening of a major show. Not surprisingly, when I arrive at his studio, he is busy preparing for it, painting a large sculptural form with liquid wax as a resist for a...
Peter Pilven: Changing Styles
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] STUDYING THE CERAMIC ART OF PETER PILVEN OVER HIS long professional career raises some interesting questions about his changing styles of work. It may seem that he has, in reality, had several careers. His ceramic kinship...
Pushing from Within: New Works by Ester Beck
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ESTER BECK'S RECENT WORKS ARE MILES AWAY FROM the ones she made only a few years ago. She used to make functional and decorative works keeping to simple basic forms, always striving to improve and...
Shozo Michikawa: Nature into Art: Viewing the 2007 Exhibition of Shozo Michikawa's Work Thirty Years, Thirty Pots at the Galerie Besson, London, Proved to Be a Stimulating and Memorable Experience. This Was Michikawa's Second One Man Show at Besson and Demonstrates How His Pieces Continue to Develop
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SHOZO MICHIKAWA'S WORK EVOKES NATURE IN MANY different ways and I found myself thinking about another exhibition which I had visited recently, Andy Goldsworthy, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, who employs natural materials,...
Symbolic Pots in Cinema
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SOMETIMES IN A FILM A POT IS JUST A POT--DECORATIVE, unremarkable, an unobtrusive note in the miseenscene. Sometimes, as in poetry and painting, pots can rise into prominence and seize our attention. They have done so notably...
Tatsuo Shimaoka 1919--2007
TATSUZO SHIMAOKA PASSED AWAY ON DECEMBER 11, 2007, after learning that his yearly exhibition at Matsuya Ginza Department Store (Tokyo) had finished successfully earlier the same day. He fell ill during the preparations for the exhibition and was...
The Culture of Manual and Thinking Skills: The 2007 South Australian Ceramics Award
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN HIS CATALOGUE ESSAY FOR THE EXHIBITION THE Crafted Object 1960s--80s, Robert Bell, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the National Gallery of Australia,...
The McKeachie Johnston Pottery Company
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CONTEXT IS DEFINED AS 'THE WHOLE SITUATION, background, or environment relevant to a particular event, personality, creation, etc'. Some works of art cannot be separated from their context: the Parthenon, Michelangelo's...
TV Pots
When I was 12 my parents succumbed to my relentless whingeing and bought a television. It was second hand and dressed up to look like a rather unconvincing mahogany cabinet. Every week, in darkened rooms, we would watch the fictional small screen...
Wesley Anderegg: The Human Comedy in Clay
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WITH CHARACTERISTIC WIT, DR. Samuel Johnson quipped that "comedy has been particularly unpropitious to definers". (2) Cautioned by the lexicographer's dictum, anyone who approaches the comic in...
With Breath: The Clay Work of Kari Rives
ALL ART EXPERIENCE IS RELEVANT," SAYS SANTA FE artist, Kari Rives, of the common threads tying together her education as a painter, her career as a commercial art illustrator and her current work in clay. In actuality, many artists do pose one question...