Beauty in the design of the clayarts can purely be the consequence of merging form with function in the most pragmatic way. The method ( pottery wheel ) also has a strong influence on dictating the outcome through the resultant curves and the balance inherent in the symmetry. Graceful lines that flow seamlessly in defining the object can lead to a form that becomes a vision of calm and subtly. Then there are the gifted clay artisans blessed with an innate ability to consistently infuse their forms with beauty and sophistication. This can be further enhanced by their love of creativity and the desire to share this with others. For some artists it can be a spiritual experience, for others it’s more like sheer work, but they still create captivating pieces. The manipulation of texture, colour and form can lead to a fascinating conclusion, where all these elements combine to create ceramic works reflecting refinement and a timeless elegance. The following collection of ceramics have been chosen for their soft, pastel colours and styling that is uncomplicated, gently dynamic and soothing to the observer.
Les Blakebrough :
Ursula Morlay-Price :
Antoinette Badenhorst :
” If some elements from my experiences are apparent in my ceramic art and people can connect with those aspects of my life, I would consider myself successful. ‘
I had to overcome technical challenges in all aspects of ceramic at the beginning of my career. There was little time to pay attention to artistic matters. My work changed over the years from stark and clumsy pots to elegant expressive pieces of art and I realized that I was expressing the surroundings in which I grew up.
While living in South Africa I became aware of the rhythm of nature. Rhythmic ripples in sand dunes and dry river beds in the semi-desert areas of Namibia, warped and gnarled trees, struggling for survival and varying stones, stacked on top of each other or scattered guilelessly by Mother Nature, was part of my everyday experience.
Mississippi with its singing Mockingbird and luscious trees exposed me to different rhythms and new nuances developed often in my work. Tornadoes, abundant water and extreme climate changes offer new opportunities for expression.
Now, living in Chicago where I am adjusting to the long and harsh winters, I am still in awe when the first snow of the season brings peace and quietness over the city. Summer and winter are equally beautiful and I started to incorporate the beauty of it all into my works.
Victor Greenaway :
Claire Lindner :
Tina Vlassopulos Céramiques :
“ The pots are all made with an eye to the possibility of function, although this is always balanced by the sculptural strengths of the forms. They are pots made contemplatively, for contemplation.”
Simon Olding, Ceramic Review
‘Sigh’ – Tina Vlassopulos
Her inspiration comes from movement and dance. The result are these understated pots that are packed with potential energy. The viewer is left with a feeling that the pots have been caught in a moment of time – with the potential to spring back to life at any moment. ( online ceramics )
‘Honk’ – Tina Vlassopulos
Porcelain Vase with Crystalline Glaze
Ceramic form, with text from ancient documents printed on it’s surface.
Sven Hofverberg :
Roberta Polfus :
I have always been attracted to natural objects, at least as long as my clothing has had pockets. My carved and sometimes gestural pieces are intimate forms that fit and feel good in the hand. While they are generally not representations of actual objects, they reflect the shapes, patterns, colors and surfaces that I am drawn to in nature.
A pale yellow porcelain vase with burnt orange rosettes
Porcelain pod in golden tan with black seeds
I was introduced to porcelain about 14 years ago and we’ve been inseparable since then. I use a combination of wheel thrown and handbuilt forms that are altered, carved and sprigged. With a variety of airbrushed matte and gloss glazes that enhance the surfaces, the pieces are fired to a high temperature in a gas kiln, cone 10 reduction, around 2340 F.
Pastel blue porcelain lady vase
Textured porcelain teapot green & brown
Porcelain urchin vase with curlicues in peach and white and pink
Pale blue and yellow carved porcelain tulip vases
Carved porcelain pale yellow and orange squat vase
Pale lemon yellow & white creamer and sugar bowl set
Bente Hansen :
Meander – Denmark 2005
Titan yellov rich salt glazed
Joanna Howells :
Chthonic 1 – Joanna Howells
Elizabeth Strasser :
Rorstrand Ovoid Coffe Cup
Musee Andrien Dubouche, Limoges
Sean O’connell :
Chawan – Sean O’connell
Polia Pillin – Tall vase painted with woman and fish
Yuri Wiedenhofer – Bowl
Peter Linden Collection
White & Brown Pirouette Vase 19″ tall
( earth dances pottery )
Beige & Turqoise Split Dancing Vase
( earth dances pottery )
“There is a narrow window of time in the drying process during which the consistency of thrown clay is very flexible yet self-supporting. During this brief but intense period, I feel like I dance with the emerging vase, as together we discover new ways to move, unfold, bend, and balance.
These novel shapes, while still excellent for flower arrangements, are more sculptural than the traditional vase and provide greater surface area for glaze and other color treatments. Each dancing vase is unique in its movement and expression.”
Clayart elegance updated →
Nuclear Jug type (back) by Rose Yard Raku Studios
Geneviève Gay – Centre céramique contemporaine La Borne
Natzler bowl, elegant flaring and footed shape
Nancy Bauch contemporary ceramics
‘Nurbs’ – Mauro-Rubio.
Martin McWilliam ceramic sculpture
Mont Joye Art Glass Vase – Hydrangeas
‘Orange Princess’ – Etsuko Nishi
My current series was influenced by the delicacy of the “cage cup” of the Roman Empire and the softness and warmth of the Pate de Verre by the 19th century artist Albert Dammouse.
Weller Sicard lustre glaze vase
Elizabeth Fritsch vase with geometrical motif
‘Traveling Under Watery Skies’ – Jacques Vesery
‘Gold Feather Duo’ – Kay Lynne Sattler
Charles Catteau deer vase
Turtle Island Pottery NC
Marion Angelica teapot
Kyoung Hwa Oh
Charles Catteau, Belgium
Pierre D’Avesn Art Deco glass vase