Paper & Clay by Brit McDaniel. Memphis, Tennessee USA
The foundation of my work is grounded in my desire to create thoughtfully crafted and functional ceramics that people integrate into their daily lives. A handmade cup that I have carefully crafted, sculpted, glazed and fired based on my own ideas, preferences and experience, can become an intimate object in another person’s life. It becomes not only a vessel from which they drink, but an entity with its own history and identity.
My ceramic work is primarily hand-thrown and is created with the idea that form and function can —and should— be equal partners. The work that I create is minimal in design, with emphasis on the aesthetic and tactile experience. My objects are small and familiar. The clean smooth lines feel natural and unobtrusive, and I choose simple glazes with little color variation, which compliment and enhance the form.
The experience of creating these pieces is an extremely important aspect of my work. There is a compelling sense of control in creating something that did not previously exist. As I sit at the wheel and engage in the meditative and repetitious act of throwing, the burdensome elements of life peel away and I am able to subconsciously inscribe my personal identity and story into my design. Designating an aspect of my being to an object that will exist long after my time is rooted the concept of self-preservation. This desire to achieve a sense of immortality is not only a fundamental aspect of the artistic process, but a basic and universal human desire.
- artist statement by Brit McDaniel
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Bespoke Pots by Rob Stark. Los Angeles, California USA
Stark discovered Pottery in 2011 by way of classes that his then 5 year old daughter was taking. He divides his throwing time between the black clay bodies and porcelain. Much of the work is inspired by the more minimal end of the mid century ceramic tradition. Stark enjoys bringing structured and architectural elements to his pieces, he aspires to keep his aesthetic simple and elegant. Textures and glazes tend to be isolated, metallics, mattes and the raw clay body itself are often preferred finishes.
-about the artist
esty shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/BespokePots
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today marks the two year anniversary of the dream of vitrifiedstudio. it started as just a blog for gathering and organizing ceramic inspiration images for myself, as my boyfriend and I finished up building out my pottery studio. all i could do was dream of making, so i started this blog as we were busy renovating. I didn’t know yet that it would this would turn into, but just that I needed a way to gather and organize the amazing things I was finding on the internet. quickly I realized the wealth of information that I was starting to gather on my own private blog, and wanted to make it public. I started contacting every ceramic artist or gallery or photographer asking for permission to post. And I couldn’t believe it when they actually responded. Some of the best living ceramic artists, actually said yes, and they encouraged me to keep going.
Beyond just the images, I started to see how much their words meant to me, and the value of reading their text and artist statements. I started including videos of the artists in action, and making sure to always include all of the links of their own that I could find in order to make sure each artist would directly benefit from being on the blog. Its important for me not just to share their images, and support the growth of “good design” and beautiful pottery and ceramics, but also support the artists in any way that I can. If I could start a gallery, I would fill it with work from all of the artists on this blog in order to share their work and bring it off the internet into our homes and lives.
Over the past two years, I have used this blog library to inspire my own ceramic studio and process of becoming a ceramic maker again. Lately, I have been so busy with my own studio that I haven’t had the chance to reach out and find new makers. I am now going to start a new process of requesting submissions. I love finding new makers who inspire me. Please reach out to me. I won’t be able to include everyone, but I want this to be a way for young fresh artists, and established artists to have their work shared. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your website, images, shop link, or any other way to share your info with me. Once you are accepted I will write back for more information, so you don’t have to send everything in your introductory email. I am looking for people who are passionate about making good ceramics and pottery.
thanks everyone for your support! and please help spread the word!
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Tokyo Craft Studios. Ceramics by Stephen Green. Tokyo, Japan.
Ever since I was small I loved creating things. This led me to a very technical path through school and eventually my work. Until moving to Japan a few years ago I worked at N.A.S.A. as a space vehicle designer. Working there everything had to be perfectly designed with no room for error or miscalculation. Nights and weekends is where I spent time working with clay. These two pursuits were polar opposites. I tried to use these two different worlds to my advantage but often struggled trying to let go of precision when working with the clay. Clay lets you express freely, that is one of its beauties.
Natural structures are the most intriguing and sophisticated design there is. I am always trying to bring in organic shape into minimal design. My choice of clay is porcelain, because it contains both of these characteristics. It can be molded into perfect parts used on the space shuttle or can be formed into any organic shape the mind can imagine. The smooth raw finish of the porcelain helps to both visually and tactilely express the purity of form.
I have been working with different clay bodies for more than 17 years now, but still feel like this is the beginning. I use all different method in the creation of my pieces. Hand, slab, wheel, press molding, slip casting, and whatever else can get me to the place I want to be.
-statement by artist
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Simone Solomon Ceramics. Jerusalem, Israel. born in Copenhagen, Denmark.
artist webpage http://www.simone.co.il
artist online shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/SimoneCeramics
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Romi Ceramics by Romi Hefetz. Long Island City, New York, USA. Born Tel Aviv, Isreal.
I am a ceramic designer working from my studio in Long Island City, NY. I design and hand make all of the pieces myself, using porcelain slip-casting technique. The history, the precision and the elegance of porcelain fascinate me, and I love that I can control all aspects of the production; from development, through mold making to finishing each individual piece by hand. My goal is to create uniquely beautiful and elegant objects that will make any environment more pleasant to the people who live/work in it.
statement by artist
artist webpage http://www.romiceramics.com/
romi ceramics etsy shop
romi ceramics facebook page
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Brian R. Jones. Portland, Oregon, USA.
My current work lies in my interest in the investigation of the transformative character of memories. In particular, I am thinking of pots that belonged to my grandmother. A remembrance of a jar, cup, and plate serves as the point of departure for contemplation of form, color, and tone. The nature of how a pot reveals itself over time to an audience is the long echo of that initial reverie. The pot is both a reservoir and an initiator of memories.
The convention that a pot is “complete” after it has been fired is something that I am working to subvert by the addition of other materials following the glaze firing. Ways of questioning a pot’s function, both as an object and a narrative element, naturally arise as different materials are composed to create new layers. This juxtaposition complicates the reading of the work, slowing the comprehension and experience of what may appear to be a simple object. The pot’s domestic surroundings, the casual way in which it is constructed, and its surface against that of another material give the work a constructed and contemplative significance that will divulge its identity over time.
artist website http://www.brianrjones.com/
The Brian R. Jonescast (a podcast of a conversation between artists) here
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