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.
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.
Eva Zeisel, a ceramic artist whose elegant, eccentric designs for dinnerware in the 1940s and ’50s helped to revolutionize the way Americans set their tables, died on Friday in New City, N.Y. She was 105.
Ms. Zeisel (pronounced ZY-sel), along with designers like Mary and Russel Wright and Charles and Ray Eames, brought the clean, casual shapes of modernist design into middle-class American homes with furnishings that encouraged a postwar desire for fresh, less formal styles of living.
Over the three decades since graduating, Paul Young has been developing his own distinctive style, fuelled by English and European folkloric traditions. Simultaneously, he has built up an impressive collecton of ceramics spanning 4,000 years. “Eating everything and spitting out the pips” is how he describes his journey of discovery.