Monday, May 2, 2011
This earthy and rustic pottery made by K. Mohlman features objects found in nature that have been translated into clay. At first, one wouldn't realize that some of these pieces are pottery. I really like how delicate the objects look after realizing that they are made of fragile clay.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Andrew Montgomery is a graduate of Virginia Tech's Architecture program. The piece of his that received the most acknowledgement is his pallet chair which won a Design Within Reach competition in 2008. In all of his designs you can see particular attention given to the treatment of each individual element of the piece. I believe he is currently working in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Korean ceramic artist Hayoon Kim's works are absolutely beautiful and quirky. What is impressive to me is that her works are comprised by ordinary tablewares - no matter teapots, cups, or plates, which reveals a great imagination. Her works are not only well-designed indivudual tablewares, but a completely reorganization and recombination of many elements.
Monday, March 28, 2011
The 16 Hands Studio Tour is made up of a group of local craftsmen who open their studios up on the same weekend twice a year. The group was formed in 1998 after the craftsmen realized they would be far more successful in attracting the public if they advertised as a group. Typical weekends for the tours are the fourth weekend in November and the first weekend in May.
This spring, the tour includes eight artists. The majority use clay as their primary material, but one, Brad Warstler, is a woodworker. The website provides information about each artist as well as links to their websites. There is also a map available showing routes between the studios. The majority of the artists are in Floyd, but there is one here in Blacksburg, and one in Christiansburg. Speaking from experience, the tour is a great opportunity to check out studios and pick up neat pieces... you should all check it out!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Each piece is thrown by hand, and altered and carved, one at a time, so there are variations in size and shape. Some pieces are adorned with gold leaf on the inside.
"I use a translucent porcelain body because it has a beautiful surface, and it conveys the qualities of light and shadow that I wish to express. After throwing my vessel on the potter's wheel, I alter the form to set up a movement of soft shadow. When the porcelain is leather hard, I carve patterns to add energy and counterpoint."
She is inspired by Georgia O'Keefe and the forms she uses. As well as a number of her past professors from her college career. As well as a number of her past professors from her college career.
I remember the topic coming up class last week about the use of burnt materials in creating designs on ceramic pots. I did some research and found a name and some methods/guidelines for creating pots in this style.
An interesting shape that one of my friends in high school experimented with. It has some interesting properties, most specifically a highly irregular wobbling roll that still travels in a straight line.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
My sister is a senior ceramics major at the University of Hartford. She is currently focusing on "tattooing" pots, though she also does some really cool casting involving knit pots. Here is her website: http://crissidalfonzo.weebly.com/index.html
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Makoto Komatsu is a Japanese designer. I was attracted to his work because manipulates different mediums to achieve similar results. Being able to experiment with the different mediums to find the different results based on the nature of the material.
I also found his Kuu series to be intriguing, the porcelain defies the solid property that is normally associated with ceramics.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Jun Kaneko, brought up in Japan, moved to the US and has revolutionized the boundaries of ceramic building. Some of his most popular pieces are giant clay heads and dangos. The Japanese definition of dango is a "rounded form." According to Ceramics Today, some of his pieces weigh as much as 1,000lbs and generally take about 4 months of drying and a 35-day firing process. Also, after the process, 2 or 3 out of 10 pieces usually survive. Kaneko's ceramic pieces portray a simple, yet overwhelming presence with his use of shapes and glazes. As described by Peter Voulkos, Kaneko's professor at UC Berkley, “Kaneko’s ceramic works are an amazing synthesis of painting and sculpture. His works are enigmatic and elusive, simultaneously restrained and powerful, Eastern and Western, static and alive, intellectual and playful, technical and innovative”
I really liked a lot of this guy's designs, but i learned about him while looking at teapots, so I'll mostly refer to it. What is interesting to me is that he said it was based on an old mesopotamian teapot, even though most people would call it "modern" looking. I believe that the ability to take old Ideas and put them in a new form language is a huge part of what we are doing in architecture and design. Also, most of his designs are very naked, attempting to create elegance and beauty out of function and simplicity, which interests me more than almost anything else in design.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
This is a nice piece I ran across designed by Sang Jang Lee. All of his work is intriguing but I thought the humidifier pertained to the blog the most and was the nicest. In particular how the material was, in a way, a determinant of what the object he made was.
Sang Jang Lee's website
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Also, check out this link. The sculptures are not necessarily ceramic based but they are absolutely fantastic.
There are many great opportunities to study art and design. I encourage students to investigate workshops at residential craft schools. I have provided some links to schools I have been too and that offer scholarships for financial aid. Often these workshops are one or two weeks long. All of these schools offer classes in a variety of media, not just ceramics. I will try to put the new catalogs in the glaze studio, but all the information you need is online. The scholarship deadlines are often in February and March, so go ahead and check out what is available.
Penland School of Crafts
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
John C. Campbell Folk School
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts