Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Found this when I was browsing through ideas for the stacked piece. I think this is a cool idea for this project, but obviously on a larger scale.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I've always been fascinated with the colors and pictures on ancient Greek pieces. I made a pot similar to this type of one without the handles and pictures, but similar in color, in junior high. I think it would be cool to make another one like this in class so if anyone knows how to make the glazes like these I would love to know.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

This is Miru Kim. Her photography provokes a lot of emotions. The video is only about 15 minutes if you have time to watch it. its pretty interesting. But here are some of her works:

A couple more:

Rune Guneriussen: started his career as a photographer and blossomed into creating these amazing installations in nature.

Jung Lee: also a photographer using instillations in nature.

I love these installations. The neon signs by Lee especially. Neon signs are so ugly and are usually used for a more crude purpose. Putting them in a desolate outdoor setting somehow makes them poetic in a sense. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012


So I thought it would be cool to write about certain potters that have their work on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

For this week, in honor of our wood-kiln burning right now and the cool, organic look it gives to the fired clay, I found this gem:

This set is on display at the museum and was created by George Lowe. He sells his work mainly in the Midwest, and fires (in a wood kiln! And sometimes a gas reduction kiln) them multiple times to get the desired, earthy-look.
He's also quoted as saying, on his website, "I believe that the best work happens when I least expect it. Through hard work and perseverance, a few good pieces will emerge.”
I feel as though this is pretty good motivation to continue working on any piece, no matter what our expectations, in order just to create SOMETHING! And, who knows, it may just turn out to be your best piece.
Happy pottery-making!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Scot Belcastro

I was looking other blogs on wordpress.com and I came across an artist named Scot Belcastro. At first, I was interested in his silhouette paintings but then toward the bottom I saw a link to a building made out of 36,000 ceramic rods and had to check it out.

Here are two of his paintings, too cool not to share.

And now... the building composed of ceramic rods. Here is a better description of it: 

"It’s made of 36,000 ceramic rods in 23 colours arranged in families of eight colours. The second layer is made up of horizontally folded metal panels in two colours and installed at an angle"

Here is the link if you wanted to see more!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Beautiful Losers

Over the summer I watched a documentary called "Beautiful Losers." It was a film about artists emerging from the 90's who began a movement in the art world surrounding the DIY and street art style. Barry McGee was an artist who stuck out the most to me. I still can't figure out what it is about his work that I like more than the other artists included because they are all so uniquely their own. But here are a few of his works. I also highly recommend the documentary, it's awesome.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Old School Pot

While I was on pinterest the other day I found this pot that I thought was really cool. I'm obsessed with old school and vintage/ antique things so I guess that's why I took such a liking to it.

I recently even antiqued an old barn door I found outside of my neighbors garage and turned it into a coffee table.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

This is the Work of Don Hoskisson- who I woodfire with in Oregon.
He makes his own wheels and special tool for incising and decorating clay- makes his own clay too . . .

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I know we dont have to share about just ceramics, but here are a couple ceramic artists that I love. Here is Pae White:

She does a lot of installations in her work which I love. But I cannot get over the porcelain popcorn with gold glaze. 

And here is Matthias Merkel Hess:

Sorry if that is a bit small. A lot of his work, that I have seen, is ceramic versions of your regular household items. I really love when artists draw a lot of attention to simple, everyday object, which is probably why I love his work. It forces the viewer to view these things in a different light. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Biking In Berlin

Recently my aunt had a gallery showing in Berlin. The name of the exhibit was "Biking in Berlin" which was inspired by the bike paths she has been tracking while living overseas. I thought this would be cool to share because she works with so many different mediums in a very abstract way, which I love. My favorite works of hers are her hanging drawings, it is such an interactive form of art and we even have one at the office I work in at home. Here is one work from her Berlin show that was my favorite:

And this is a picture of what her hanging drawings are like...

If you wanted to check out more of her work here is the link, it is really cool stuff!


Scare and Lovely

This is the Style of art I like.  The concepts are beyond me in what inspires this guys (Alex Pardee) far fetched mind.  I would like to see if it is possible to create 3D work with clay this way.  I know someone can do it, but I would like to see if I can create something gross and odd but at the same time beautiful and collected.