Thursday, March 29, 2012

Inlaying Colored Clay

We had talked about colored clay in class, but I was particularly interested in the way Mitch Lyons colored clay to use as a decorative design on the piece, rather than painting afterwards. He talks about how he used an iron oxide to color the clay to be used for decorating, but he also adds a painters pigment to it instead of water to give more color, because the iron oxide doesn't fully show up until after the firing process. He creates the design separately and they rolls his actual ceramic piece on top of it which he calls the "broomstick method".

see video:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Overlapping bowls

The perfect geometry, overlap, and layering intrigues me.  He also does something with offsetting symmetrical objects so that the composition is no longer symmetrical but has a nice balance.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Dorodangos are Polished Dirt Balls.
They are very popular among Japanese school children.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ji Hyun Chung

Ji Hyun Chung is from Seoul, South Korea and these are vases from one of her collections. I like the transparency of the objects and she translates this idea using them as lamps and other light fixtures.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Sue Paraskeva

Sue Paraskeva is a ceramics artist who works with porcelain.

Check out her work here:

There's also a very beautiful video of her working in her studio: