In 1991 Eve Behar took her first ceramics class and, like a lot of people who work in clay, got hooked. She continued to take classes in college and then at adult education centers while starting a career in television production. Ceramics as a hobby proved not to be enough for Eve, so in 1995 she took a break from working and went to Florence for a year to study at the Studio Art Center International.
The ceramic art of Stephen Bowers, with its complex surfaces and the capriccios being acted out upon them, issues an irresistible invitation to look closer. Whether a cockatoo-festooned palaceware vase from the 1980s or a mid-1990s tea set involving the artist’s understanding and control of technical possibilities such as multiple firing, underglaze paint colours and intricate line illustration, the result is a seductive richness: porcelain made plasma screen.
Growing up in Japan, Shoko Teruyama remembers tradition being part of daily life. Temples and shrines were everywhere, even inside her home. She was drawn to these sacred spaces and ceremonial objects because they were decorated with texture and pattern contrasted by areas of calm and stillness.
Yas-Ming Ceramics is a collaboration between Yasmin Dilekkaya and Ming Wai Sun. The pair have been working together since they graduated. Their products are fun and functional with animal heads and bums going in and out of ceramic tableware in place of conventional handles. Their process involves slip casting, press moulding and hand building techniques. All work is designed by Ming Wai and Yasmin and handmade in England. All Yas-Ming Ceramics are made in their Kent studio and in a small factory in Stoke-on-Trent.
Katrin Moye is a ceramic artist and she specialises in making tableware using the traditional technique of slip painting on earthenware. Her pattern designs are based on memories of her childhood in the 1970′s. She is inspired by everyday items she remember from the time such as wallpaper, picture books and cushions. Katrin has developed her patterns on the simplified natural motifs found in design from this period as well as in the 1950s and 1960s.
The clay vessels of Eshelman Pottery order and dignify human life. Clarity is given to simple forms by contrasting glazed and unglazed surfaces. Pure clean glazes render elegant presentation of food and drink. Paul’s developing artistic interests were directed along practical lines as he grew up in Iowa.
Layered cake stand is so effective and really very simple to make: the time-consuming part is collecting all the plates and glasses together. Old-fashioned tea and dinner services are full of plates and dishes we don’t use now. There are special dishes for bread and butter and muffins, stands to go under terrines and teapots, and countless different plates for each course of the meal.
There are at least four bird-feeders swinging from the cherry tree outside Anthony Theakston‘s studio in Lincolnshire, and a couple of pairs of binoculars hang at arm’s reach, ready to spy on whatever feathered creature passes by. Despite the evidence to the contrary, ceramists Anthony insists he is ‘no twitcher’, proving his point by muddling through a few of the species that visit the garden.
Esther Coombs describes herself as an artist “who believes that life is a story and that narrative is best told with drawings.” A gifted illustrator, she has found a perfect canvas for her storytelling; old china and fabric. Through her upcycling of vintage ceramics and textiles she creates unique pieces, drawing by hand onto the surface of each item. The juxtaposition of her modern, somewhat minimalist line drawings with the floral and elaborate designs of the vintage china and fabric creates an unusual, somehow provocative look.
Is it possible to look at the ceramic vase or a small cup, and have a feeling of pure joy? Is it possible to look at the ceramic bowl with apples and imagine it dances? Can you hear the music watching Ed and Kate Coleman’s ceramic creations? I could, and I can tell you it is a cheerful, energetic music that makes this world a better place to live. Ed and Kate are a husband and wife artistic team who create amazing ceramic vases, bowls, tumblers, mugs, and clocks.