Ceramics are a versatile medium that offer many practical options for the home. As decorative vessels, ceramics provide us the ability to add a punctuation of color to a prominent area of the home, or tie a space together by adding synthesis to the patterns in the room.
Using advanced techniques, novel finishes and inventive textures, ceramic craft artists are offering exciting new options for pottery arts. Featured below are four ceramic artists who are innovating the craft with distinctly different approaches:
Carol Snyder, Best of Show in 2012
“I use porcelain for its white, translucent qualities that can express my vision without the use of glaze color. My influence is nature and the landscape. I create patterns and rhythms, syncopation within the structure of nature that I attempt to emphasize. These are carved into the surface of the vessel or appear as cracked earth by pushing the clay from within. Fields, furrows and crop circles provide endless patterns from which to draw inspiration.”
“This body of work is unique in that it provides my 4″ high sculptures a stage on which to perform. Each figure is individually hand sculpted in a mid fire stoneware. Written words allow my wee people to communicate my ideas clearly and without the risk of my point being lost in translation.”
Lisa Naples, 2012 Jane and Leonard Korman Family Prize For Excellence in Contemporary Clay Award Recipient
“I scour the countryside on a regular basis for objects that have meaning to me. Objects I find at flea markets, antique stores, yard sales and the like find their way home. At other times I fabricate an object from non-clay materials. All these objects help create symbolic language that, together with sculpted imagery communicate narratives.”
“I work on a potter’s wheel with translucent porcelain. I will then carve, apply, alter or sculpt the porcelain to obtain the desired form. I use a gas kiln to high fire monochrome reduction glazes.”