Ceramics: Art and Perception No. 114

Ceramics Art + Perception sets the international standard for high quality journals dedicated to ceramic art. With a total of 120 pages, each issue contains approximately 25 substantive reviews, essays and features, covering a broad range of issues related to the field. The magazine is printed in full-colour with high-res images supporting each text. Ceramics Art + Perception continues to deliver you the best critical writing from around the world since 1991.

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5 min.
elyse pignolet: sexting ceramics

Short phrases generally employed to degrade women are the central thread of Elyse Pignolet’s recent art seen in Seattle, Washington, at Koplin Del Rio Gallery. Elyse Pignolet: You Should Smile More is both a taunt and a condemnation. Men’s sneeringly affectionate put-downs are embedded in the essence of lady-like pottery decoration: blue-and-white earthenware vases and presentation vessels, also called by the late Howard Kottler, “palace ware.” The Long Beach, California resident is placing viewer-activated time bombs within the palace, so to speak, all the better to make each object have an impact in clay. Appropriately, Trophy Wife(2019) has a stepped, gradually bulging profile to echo a woman’s torso, encircled by several concentric gilt handles acting as breast outlines with waist and evident hips. Mixing with the innocent Blue Willow cartouches and…

4 min.
sandy lockwood unearthed elements

Whatever put elegance in language, that's what happening here. – Rumi 1 Sandy Lockwood is equally articulate with and about clay – one of the rare makers whose writings about her practice are worth reading. She expresses what many of us struggle to say, or pay others to compensate for our failure to do so. Her essays accessible on her website: https://www.sandylockwood.com.au. Bear me out. Her preference for wood fired salt glaze shows she is attempting to stage intention with happenstance, in the theatre of her kiln. She composes clay bodies with material savvy - some so highly textured as to resemble plastic sand, others vitreous as translucent porcelain – all expand her working vocabulary. Much of her functional work features clays with butterscotch tonality alternating with freckling from flame and ash…

9 min.
the color of tears: kwak kyung-hwa’s let it flow series

The Nature of Water All things in the universe came into being when dew carried on the wind fell down from the sky and water drops gushed from the earth and flowed together based on the principle of yin and yang. Dewdrops and water drops flowed without rest both day and night, filling up sunken areas and forging rivers and seas. Water provided life as it spontaneously gushed from the earth and moved about naturally. The definitive nature of water is first to level its height until it reaches a serene state and then returns to a clean state by settling impurities. Water has the wisdom to change its form depending on the shapes of receptacles and gives-in instead of standing up against coercion or insisting on something. It can turn into…

12 min.
brian rochefort

On the occasion of Brian Rochefort's first institutional solo exhibition Absorption by the Sun, at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, the artist sat down with curator Alexandra Terry to discuss his latest works and his artistic process. AT You started working with ceramics when you were 14 years old. What drew you to this medium, and what elements of it motivated you to pursue it as an artistic practice? BR When I was in middle school my brother, who is two years older than me, was taking ceramics classes as a tenth grader. I was always into drawing and painting but I was fascinated by the possibilities with ceramics, it was completely new to me. So when I got to high school the first class I signed up for was Ceramics…

9 min.
annika teder

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943 Annika Teder is one of the most creatively impressive Estonian ceramic artists. Her works are without exception three-dimensional figures each of which embody an emotion, thought or experience of the artist, and serve beauty and fantasy. One of the focal points of Teder’s work throughout the last decade is a love for expressive form and texture. In general, she prefers to work through the medium by way of creating extensive series that are then exhibited at solo exhibitions. Each series focuses on developing a single concept; a single idea In order to understand the artist’s place…

7 min.
jun kaneko

Serendipity. It is defined as the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. The key is by chance. It cannot be summoned. It requires sensitivity and awareness to recognize and capture the moment. A perfect example was going into the garden of Gerald Peters Projects in Santa Fe, New Mexico during Jun Kaneko’s exhibition. This garden oasis is lush green with a koi pond and even a waterfall. The large Dango’s (Kaneko’s signature form, Dango means ‘dumpling’ or ‘closed form’ in Japanese) placed in the garden were grounded in white with circles of cobalt-based indigo glaze. From inky-blue circles and other shapes, washes of a misty lighter blue drifted down. This is seductive by itself, but then it began to rain lightly. The gentle flow…