Monday, April 25, 2011

Painted Pottery

I found this artist interesting because she uses form and glaze to create a collection. Even when the glaze is not the same, the line detail and red heart shape help fill inform the viewer that they are all related.

I just stumbled upon this youtube video of Rusty Wiltjer making a ceramic drum on a wheel. The scale of the drums he crafts first caught my attention, but after browsing through his website I found the functionality of all his work appealing. His sinks especially! "My goal is always to bring the best Design, Skill and Function together for others to enjoy for a lifetime."

- blog post by Kathryn Montgomery

Superior Clay - Architectural Terracotta Production

Superior Clay Corporation began producing clay products over 100 years ago. The company is located in my small home-town in Ohio where my father and uncle are the sole pattern makers. Their process of pattern-making is similar to how we have been working in our ceramics' class... but on a much larger scale. There are a variety of products- chimney pots, pipes, fireplaces, brick, pizza ovens, and architectural restoration. Collected locally and known for its quality, the clay itself is also used outside of the company by ceramic artists working on a smaller scale. The clay industry is well-known in our community and contributes to terracotta architectural decoration around the country.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Another Ceramic by Hayoon Kim

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.

Slipware Marbleizing

I was researching colored slips and discovered a technique that combines two of the methods that we covered in class. Michelle Erickson uses two contrasting colored slips to create a marbleized effect on her ceramic pieces. She begins with a slab-rolled piece of clay and covers it entirely with a layer of slip. Next, she applies a pattern of different colored slip. Using gravitational and centrifugal effects, she creates the desired design in the wet slip. Once the slip is dry, Erickson drapes the clay over a hump mold to form a dish.