Thursday, March 28, 2013

This remarkable motorbike looks like it's straight out of a film set - but remarkably an artist has made it out of spare parts. Roongrojna Sangwongprisarn, 54, created it out of spare parts in his workshop in Thailand. He used recycled materials from old cars and bicycles to create a monster machine which is sculpted to look like a beast.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Seize your Limitations" -Phil Hansen

Phil Hansen is a multi media artist that I found on YouTube. His art is amazing because he uses different techniques to create his artwork. I encourage you to check out some of his artwork at his YouTube channel here ---> Philinthecircle

I've been following Phil's work for about 5 years now, and he just recently did a TED talks which was about seizing your limitations. Here's the video ---> Phil Hansen: The Art of the Imperfect

This past year I was able to be a part of one of his art projects in which he drew your facebook profile, and put all of the images together to make a portrait of himself. I was lucky enough to have him draw me! Here's the link to the art project ---> Facebook Art Project

This is the picture he drew of me!

Phil has been a huge inspiration in all of the work I create because he's taught me to look outside of the box. I try to think of different ways to do things, and to be a part of one of his projects was a great honor. Also, he just did another TED talks this past month, which should be coming out soon I hope!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Alex Anderson

The combination between something thrown or hand built and hand-built detail added onto the piece is stunning. Starting out with a simple form whether it is a vase, cup, holder and adding interesting detail to it is very appealing. The color between the original form and the added detail can also add more visual appeal. This particular piece is by Alex Anderson and I found it on his tumblr.

Anyone can work on clay!

This "Celtic Tableau" is a clay work by Peter Holland, who had no formal training or background in clay. Many of his works show standing human figures, especially beautiful female figures. It's hard to believe this is a work done by someone who didn't receive proper training.

Electronic pottery

Here is a more in depth look into what it is. I think it's funny how he refers to it as "printing" a pot, even though it is literally what they are doing.

and here is the machine at work:

The Electronic Artisan

I'm on a vimeo binge right now and just came across this one. I wish it were this easy haha.

Here's the link:

Street Art

I found this really cool video on vimeo when I was looking through different blogs. It's about a three minute clip on street art, and one artists opinion on how he feels about it compared to different mainstream arts. My favorite part is how he describes it as "dropping a colorful bomb on the planet." I thought that was really cool/true.

Here's the link to the video:

Also, I know I posted about this documentary last semester but if you like this video or street art in general check out Beautiful Losers. It's a really inspiring and interesting documentary.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Not clay, not wood, not metal. It's a dictionary. The artist of this sculpture, Guy Laramee, turned old books and dictionaries into magnificent and intricate still life book sculpture.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Adorable twins!

The first time I saw this "Hand Sculpted Polymer Clay Doll Twins," I couldn't stop thinking how adorable a work of clay could be. It looks so real! Every detail, including the hairs and body parts, are carefully observed from newborn babies. Look at their poses and facial expressions. Their closed eyes resemble real neophytes. 
I came across this website while I was looking for inspiration for my next pieces. All of the ceramists listed on this page are extremely talented and I love their work. There was one who stood out in particular, Claudi Casanovas. A few of his pieces are photographed next to his biography and I really like how there is so much texture and layering involved.

Jim, some of these remind me of your work that you have in your studio. Those huge crackled, wood fired(?) plates. I think you would like a lot of this work.

Here is the link to the website:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

3D goldfish painting

This is Riusuke Fukahori's Goldfish Salvation which is a three dimensional painting created with layers of resin. I love the way painted shadows and actual light passing through the resin interact in this piece.

I am inspired by the art of Paul Duffield. I read and loved Freakangels, his joint creation with Warren Ellis. I especially enjoy the detail he uses in every scene. The comic can be found here and his other works (which are also great) can be found here.

The teapot and the nesting bowls are sweet!

This is one of my favorite photographs ever.

I thought this was pretty awesome!

I do believe I am revolting too!

I love the glazes!
David Altmejd has an almost childlike fascination for objects that grow, transform, and reshape themselves, Altmejd creates sculptures, suffused with ornament, that blur distinctions between interior and exterior, surface and structure, representation and abstraction. Meaning, for Altmejd, does not exist in advance of the work in process.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

These paper-cut pieces are so cool! It would be interesting to try to do something like this in clay.

I thought since we're doing plates I'd look at some online. I thought this one was funny. It's a good idea.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

I love the way these pieces are "abused." It reminds me of those big piles of deformed pots outside the graduate studios.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Shoes...with faces

This pair is made by a genius designer and artist, Gwen Murphy. She collects pairs of old shoes and turns them into masterpiece of art. She use acrylic paint and clay, each pair of shoes will have personality of its own.


This octopus sculpture by Richard Moore just drags our attention first into the massive size. Then we get to look at a closer view of every details; instead of the arms and tentacles, the viewer sees creepy human hands stretched out in different directions. It would've been more interesting to add a color or more to make the clay seem more lively and real. However, I like it just the way it is shown here because it is already very strong and attractive.  

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ombre Mugs

This is an interesting collection of mugs I found. The collection is called Amelia Multi-Colored Mugs. Original. However, I do love the change in color throughout each individual mug. It reminds me of ombre! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

This article is about making an inventory of different types of apples, and they hired an artist to make porcelain apples for reference. She talks about the difficulties of making the apples to scale and testing out all the glazes to get the correct colors. They look really simple and realistic, but they all took so much work to get them perfect. It's a cool combination of biology, food and art.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

This sculpture is the very definition of coolness. The sculpture, designed by Shan Gray, is the largest and tallest freestanding bronze monument in the world. More than 21 stories and over 200 feet tall, it depicts an American eagle landing on the shroud-covered forearm of an Indian brave. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

This plate was done by an artist named Sam Hoffman. He does a few different types of firings that include salt, soda and wood. He said it was put on a pedestal in order to get the unique finishing. I think the plate is very interesting. If you want to check more of his work out, his site is

The result of colors in this set are very interesting. I am not sure what was used or what type of firing it went through but I love the outcome of colors.

The colors and the sections of this mug are awesome. It looks really cool and makes the piece stand out.

I thought these two candle holders were so cool and unique. Definitely something I would like to do in the future.

haha I don't really know what these are supposed to be used for, but they reminded me of Tracy's hand she made! Maybe they're stir-sticks for drinks?!

Sunday, March 3, 2013


I am well aware that replicating the glaze on this vase would be very hard, but I love the way the colors blend together. The choice in colors is superb and I like the idea of "painting" and ceramics collaborating.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Mandrake root

This cute little guy is made by Alisha Dulaney. This piece inspires me because it is anthropomorphizing an object in a playful manner.  Mandrake root are in traditional folklore is thought to be something alive, because it looks humanoid already. However it does not usually have two heads, so by doing a grumpy and happy head on the same root it is playing off of the traditional lore. I like the shape of the object overall and how she employed twists and curls and balanced asymmetry to bring the figure together as a whole.

Marina Bychkova

This doll is a work by Marina Bychkova. She creates fine art porcelain dolls that usually are nude or mostly nude. Her attention to details are exquisite, which is what initally attracted me to her work. She also toucheson fantastic themes, like fairy tales, and portrays them in her unique style. This peice in particular attrached my attention because of the chandeler. Even though her dolls are mostly nudes, her costuming when done is very intricate and delicate, which is to be expected from such finely featured dolls.
Because of her use of porcelain, I have researched how porcelain dolls are created, and this process is something I may do in the future.

Shain Erin

Shane Erin is an interesting artist because she creates dolls that are really creepy. This notion of beautifying the abnormal is appealing to me, because it causes conflicts to the viewer. On one hand it is a doll, something cute and to be loved. On the other hand it is ugly and borderline horrifying.

I also am considering to start fashioning dolls by creating their faces and arms and building the doll from other materials than clay, because it is something very interesting to me.

Mike Lawrence

Mike Lawrence is an interesting artist to me because he creates complicated images with a lot of detail that deal with a lot of topics that people may find uncomfortable and evil. His intricate use of line and tones when creating a image for screen printing is surprising because they look like drawings. I dont necessarily know how to incorporate this into clay work, but it is an artist i find inspiring.

Friday, March 1, 2013