Contemporary clayartist concepts

 

 

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Accretion vases by the Haas Brothers

 

Many horizons ago, I’m sure that the first time someone held a lump of clay, the feel of its malleable tactile mass would have tempted them into forming some biomorphic shape. Followed by the conclusion that it’s so much easier to make a bowl this way then sculpting it from rock or carving it from wood. When a child holds clay, their instinctive reaction is to begin shaping an object. It would have to be one of the easiest and accessible means of 3d creation that exists. The ancient Egyptian god Ptah held this bountiful substance in such high esteem that he decided to create a whole human race with it on a pottery wheel from an egg shaped form.

 

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Ptah throwing clay

 

Concept, design, form, colour, surface integration, materials, and techniques all become part of the challenge for creating ceramic art and even though it is one of the oldest art forms in existence, it is still evolving. Its utilitarian practicality has endured while more diverse decorative applications keep appearing.  The language of clay makes many amusing conversations and some intriguing new chapters of design ideas in the clayarts are presented here.

 

Haas Brothers

 

 

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Accretion vase – Haas Brothers

 

 

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Accretion sculpture –  Haas Brothers

 

 

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Accretion vase – Haas Brothers

 

 

 

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Turquoise accretion vase

 

 

 

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Twin neck accretion vessel – Haas Brothers

 

 

 

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Accretion jungle of vessels – Haas Brothers

 

 

 

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Long twin neck accretion vase – Haas Brothers

 

 

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Lidded accretion vessels – Haas Brothers

 

 

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Pastel white and lavender accretion vessels

 

 

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Accretion vessel gathering – Haas Brothers

 

 

Hella Jongerius

 

These animal-filled porcelain bowls were meticulously crafted by hand and designed by Hella Jongerius for a commission by Nymphenburg, a Bavarian porcelain manufacture since the mid-18th century. The series was produced as a celebration of the animal collection found in their archives, and incorporates 3D creatures within the simple glazed bowls.

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Hella Jongerius for Nymphenburg

 

 

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Hella Jongerius for Nymphenburg

 

 

 

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Ann Agee, ‘Blue Painting’, 2012,

Wall art – glazed porcelain, steel armature

 

 

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Indefinite Vases – Studio EQ

 

 

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‘Lume’ – salmon pink candleholder with gold details by Alessandro Zambelli  

 

 

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Sixties Danish ceramic sculpture

 

 

Atelier Vierkant

 

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Atelier Vierkant – half clay pebble seating of the ‘K- Series’

 

 

 

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Atelier Vierkant ‘aht 150′ series mixed clay planters

 

 

 

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Atelier Vierkant ‘KBO’ series

 

 

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Atelier Vierkant ‘KBO’ series, ceramic seating

 

 

 

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 Atelier Vierkant ceramic ‘K Series’  pebble floor seating

National Gallery Singapore

 

 

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A set of stackable bowls with different colours and patterns are by Matteo Cibic

 

 

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 Ceramic pumpkin with golden extensions – Barbara Nanning

 

 

 

Carole Feuerman hyper-realist sculptures

 

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Back of a woman all sculpture – Carole Feuerman

 

 

 

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Female bodyboard surfer wall sculpture – Carole Feuerman

 

 

 

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Blue bikini meditation hyperrealist sculpture – Carole Feuerman

 

 

 

Scholten & Baijings

 

Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings tableware set based on the archives of hand-painted porcelain company Arita – 1616

 

 

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Scholten and Baijings porcelain tableware

 

 

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Scholten and Baijings porcelain tableware

 

 

Laura Carlin

 

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Lion ceramic tiles – Laura Carlin

The New Craftsmen

 

 

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Leopard ceramic tiles – Laura Carlin

The New Craftsmen

 

 

Anders Ruhwald

 

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Anders Ruhwald ‘Bowl for a timeless house’

2012

Photo – R H Hensleigh & Tim Thayer

 

 

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Anders Ruwhald – ‘Crystal Ball (the future)’

Photo – R H Hensleigh & Tim Thayer

 

 

 Afreaks exhibition at Design Miami, 2015 by Haas Brothers

 

 

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Afreaks ceramic surreal creatures by Haas Brothers

 

 

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Afreaks ceramic animals – Haas Brothers

 

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Afreaks exhibition – Haas Brothers

Design Miami 2015

 

 

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Afreaks ceramic surreal creatures by Haas Brothers

 

 

 

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Afreaks ceramic creatures by Haas Brothers

 

 

 

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Haas Brothers gold ceramic bench and floor lamps

R-company, New York

 

 

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Shell house or Nautilus by Architect Javier Senosiain

 

 

Roger Arquer Studio

 

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‘Touch Lamp Vase’ by Roger Arquer for Bosa 2

Touch is an hybrid between a light and a flower base. The flowers work as a switch for the light, when they are touched, the light goes on or off.

 

 

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Funnel Vase is a ceramic flower-vessel with one opening on the side, as a funnel shape. The funnel helps to change the water without having to remove the flowers. The old water can be easily poured out through the funnel and replaced with fresh water, without a mess.

 

 

 

Matthew Plummer Fernandez

 

Everyday items such as detergent bottles and a watering can are 3D scanned using a digital camera and subjected to algorithms that distort, abstract and taint them into new primordial vessel forms. “The algorithms basically deform the shape by mathematically repositioning its set of coordinates,” Plummer Fernandez told Dezeen. “Different equations create different effects – the simplest are simple multiplications to stretch an object, while more advanced formulas can twist or smooth the object or go as far as adding new features such as spikes.” The designer sends the altered files to be 3D printed with colourless sand particles and tinted resin.
Matthew holds a BEng in Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering from Kings College London and an MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art.

 

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Digital Natives vessel by Matthew Plummer Fernandez

 

 

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Digital Natives bowl by Matthew Plummer Fernandez

 

 

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Digital Natives vase by Matthew Plummer Fernandez

 

 

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Digital Natives jug by Matthew Plummer Fernandez

 

 

 

 

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Multi faceted Digital Natives vase by Matthew Plummer Fernandez

 

 

 

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Elena Salmistraro dog figurines referencing a merry-go-round, replacing horses with Molossian Mastiffs

 

 

 Eleonor Bostrom 

 

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Coffee cups with internal dog figurines – Eleonor Bostrom

 

 

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Internal dog figurines cup – Eleonor Bostrom

 

 

 

Erosion Set –  Studio Floris Wubben, Nl

 

Studio Floris Wubben designed an installation inspired by the solar system with which unique textures can be created in sequence. Within this installation, a gas burner’s flame etches a texture onto an unbaked porcelain object. The porcelain reacts to the high temperature, causing various layers to burst from the object. By combining different glaze techniques with this etching technique, contrast arises in colour and texture.

 

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Studio Floris Wubben flame textured bowl

Kiln fired by Cor Unum ceramics

 

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Gas fired swivel flame and rotating base apparatus –  Studio Floris Wubben

 

 

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Studio Floris Wubben flame textured bowl

Kiln fired by Cor Unum ceramics

 

 

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Studio Floris Wubben flame textured bowl

Kiln fired by Cor Unum ceramics

 

 

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Studio Floris Wubben flame textured tumblers

Kiln fired by Cor Unum ceramics

 

 

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Studio Floris Wubben flame textured bowl

Kiln fired by Cor Unum ceramics

 

 

Studio Floris Wubben epoxy clay pressed vessels

 

During the manufacturing process the epoxy-clay is pressed through the extrusion profiles with a diversity of possible combinations.

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Studio Floris Wubben

 

 

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Studio Floris Wubben pressed vase with red tints

 

 

 

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Floris Wubben press machine

 

 

Guillaume Delvigne

 

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Porcelain embroidery bowl – thread your own pattern – Guillaume Delvigne

 

 

 

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Porcelain embroidery bowl – Guillaume Delvigne

 

 

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Guillaume Delvigne’s DPI Lighting for Industreal- pendant lamps are available in black or white unglazed porcelain.

 

 

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Icelandic designer Garðar Eyjólfsson has created a range of yellow ceramics by melting and moulding sulphur.

 

Carolyn Genders

 

“I work spontaneously, creating forms and surfaces that evoke the feeling I have when I am part of the landscape, striving to convey nuance of shape, balance and mass and creating mood and atmosphere. I’m interested in creating pieces that have harmony of form & surface. Landscape & seasonal change loosely interpreted is inspiration for my new series; noting atmosphere, mood, rhythm & texture . Coiling is rhythm attuned to this natural beat. Inspired also by paintings of British artists of 1930’s 40’s 50’s.”

 

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Carolyn Genders

 

 

 

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Carolyn Genders

 

 

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‘Entity’ Alupoaie Andrei

2015

 

 

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‘Incense Burners’ – Ionna Vautrin

 

 

 

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Jesse Small – ‘Triton Ghost 1’

2013

 

 

Juliette Clovis

 

French artist Juliette Clovis produces hybrid works that merge nature, history, and myth with the female form, covering simple porcelain busts in wildlife, flora, and spikes.

 

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Blue and white porcelain bust –  Juliette Clovis

 

 

 

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Blue and white porcelain bust –  Juliette Clovis

 

 

Joanne Jaffe

 

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‘Bering Straits VII’ – –  Joanne Jaffe

 

 

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‘Jungle Speak’ — Joanne Jaffe

 

 

 

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Judit Vargac 

 

 

 

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Les Manning

 

 

 

Leah Jackson

 

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Leah Jackson

 

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Leah Jackson

 

 

 

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Max Lamb basalt crockery collection

 

 

 

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Michelle Summers 

 

 

 

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Pepa Reverter’s ‘Secret Love’ trinkets are a place to keep secrets or something that you love

Bosa trinket Collection

 

 

 

 

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‘Sweet Souvenir’ by French designer Constance Guisset is for sending secret messages or hiding small objects

Bosa trinket Collection

 

Jessica Harrison

 

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Jessica Harrison-tattooed figurines

 

 

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Jessica Harrison-tattooed figurines

 

 

 

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Cup from the Bosa Table Collection by Jaime Hayon

Bosa trinket Collection

 

 

 

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 Jonathan Adler contemporary ceramics unicorn

 

 

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Larisa Churkina ceramic and paper mache sculpture

 

 

Madamepomm

 

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A modest ‘Venus of Willendorf ‘  in a bikini Fat Lady Coin Money Box by Madamepomm—Artfire

 

 

 

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‘Bull Terrier Money Box’ –  Madamepomm Artfire

2015

 

 

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‘Dalmatian Mug’ – Madamepomm – Artfire

 

 

Claire Partington

 

Claire Partington ‘Hoops’ sculptures portray a whimsical concept that plays with perception. The avant-garde art pieces are delicate and demure, depicting monarch-resembling subjects that are draped in beautiful textiles and dressed in the most ornate of jewelled accessories.” I started making sprigged vessels inspired by the salt glazed “bartmann” vessels, but with the look of tin glazed earthenware from the 1600’s. This evolved into the fully figurative vessels I’m making at present, starting with the bottle shaped mantua dresses. The figures often have interchangeable head “stoppers” to reflect the transformation of the subject and to allow a sense of play with the object.”

 

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Claire Partington ‘Hoops’ sculptures

 

 

 

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Claire Partington ‘Hoops’ sculptures

 

 

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Suhama Tomoko

 

 

Summer architectural  sculpture project 2017, Abruzzo Italy

 

Founded in 2011, Farm Fonte Trocchi is located in Abruzzo in the mountains next to the Adriatic sea in Italy. In the spring/summer of 2017 they are hosting an earth architecture gathering to construct an inhabitable sculpture in clay that is finished with terra-cotta elements made in their wood fire kiln located on the farm. The main structure will be constructed using a mixture of clay and vegetal fibre (straw from cereals or hemp) They also create furniture with the same method

They are extending an invitation for interested participants and are offering free accommodation and meals prepared from local organic produce for a duration of 4 days included in the price of the workshop. Farm Source Trocchi now has 3 independent houses and 2 hectares of cereals, legumes and vegetables, with fruit trees, medicinal plants,hens and pastures in rotation with crops, to house and feed a variable number of people (5 – 15)

 

 

Dimora Energia Workshop

2 – 5 April 2017  – location: Fattoria Fonte Trocchi, Tufillo, organic farm in the South of Abruzzo/ Italy

 

A workshop for ceramists, architects, archeologists, bakers, housebuilders and anyone interested in getting to know how to construct the wood fired Roman oven, developed by Enrico Poggiali, for cooking ceramics, bread baking and heating the house all at the same time,
maximizing the thermic benefit of the combustion.

We will have the possibility to share experiences from different fields of knowledge, ranging from archeology to historical architecture, from natural history to the knowledge about natural materials and techniques such as the use of raw clay in architecture and the cooking of ceramics.

Lectures from Enrico Poggiali, Luigi Lisi, Bernhard Neulichedl

Number of participants: minimum 8 persons, maximum 15 persons –

Cost: 180 euro + membership of Dimora Energia

Organic food and accommodation in clayhouse, normal house or tent is for free for the duration of the workshop
and 10 euros a day for who wants to stay some days longer on the farm after the workshop

info about the workshop: www.dimoraenergia.org  mail.: bioarcheo@gmail.com  tel.: 338 830 7779
info about the farm: www.fattoriafontetrocchi.wordpress.com  mail.: cementobianco@yahoo.it

 

 

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Farm Fonte Trocchi.

Abruzzo, Italy

 

 

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Clay construction, Farm Fonte Trocchi

Abruzzo, Italy

 

 

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Farm Fonte Trocchi, sculptural clay structure frame

 

 

 

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Abruzz0, Farm Fonte Trocchi

Italy

 

Fattoria Fonte Trocchi

 

 

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  1. Posted November 23, 2016 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Amazing work.

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