Thursday, May 9, 2013

Marble Technique

I saw people using marbles in the studio in order to create an interesting "glaze" on the bottom of their pottery piece. I want to try this next time I work in ceramic! This is an image I found with this technique used. SO interesting to me. 

Modern Collection

There is so much to look at! The compositions of each piece are really interesting; the additions of different sizes of navy blue circles adds interest and great dimension.

Circles Circles Circles

 I found this collection online. It makes me want to work with more circles instead of triangles, like I normally do. They have the power of drawing you in and taking a closer look!

Cone 10 Glaze

These are going to be the trending colors for summer! You can find the glaze recipe in Ceramic Arts Daily.


These colors compliment each other quite well giving it an elegant and classy look. I wish I had made some gold colored glaze in cone 6!

Tea Cup

How clever! Wish I had thought of this.


If I was taught anything as a product designer at Iowa: Asymmetrical > Symmetrical.

Modern Piece

I wish I could make this! It is by Eva Hild. A modern stoneware creation!

Ah-Mah-Zing Glaze Color

Obsessed with this Cone 6 color!!!


I thought this glaze was interesting. It is made for cone 6!

Interesting Book

This is a really interesting artist who creates musical instruments out of clay!

Atomic scuplture. Yes, I said it right. This inventive sculpture is made from Los Alamos National Laboratory scraps, by Tony Price, of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tamara Coleman

Tamara Coleman is an artist currently residing in Dallas, TX and I find her work incredibly interesting. What I find the most interesting is how she translates 3D elements in her drawings and vice-versa. Also, the natural subject matter I find interesting also, especially with the deer statue with the blood-erflies coming out. It symbolizes the how in death there is life and is a beautiful visual representation of that. The transition of things breaking apart to other objects is something she does a lot of and that I would like to incorporate into my work.

Henry Darger

Henry Darger is a famous outsider artist who lived in Chicago until 1973. He was reclusive at best, and composed a 15,145 page manuscript with illustration of an epic tale called the Realms of the Unreal. With no formal training, his illustrations speak to a more youthful understanding of the world, and though disturbing at times, much like his life and story, they I think resonate with many different viewers. They were composed by tracing, collage, and varied inks and paints, sometimes on both sides of the paper, and illustrate his whole talk about some sisters who are fighting bad people. The enemies of the sisters want to enslave all children and torture them, so it is up to the sisters and the allies to fight for freedom.

There is a documentary I watched about him "In the Realms of the Unreal" that is very interesting and insightful about his life. 

Władysław Hasior

Wladyslaw Hasior was a Polish sculptor that died at the age of 71 in 1999. His art is shocking to say the least, with sculptures that use many found objects that touch on topics of industrialization.  I am drawn to these works because it combines childhood objects, like a Kewpi doll and a stroller and desecrates them somehow. This is understandable consider her was born in 1928, thus growing up and coming of age in war torn Europe. The combining of found objects I find interesting also, compiling a 3D collage of objects to tell interesting stories, juxtaposing the seemingly innocent next to objects that almost defile it.

Ryohei Hase
Ryohei Hase is an illustrator in Tokyo who touches on dark primal subjects, but also uses repetition to convey strength. These disturbing images feel strong and asserted in their realistic renderings. Also, his ability to render a form in a 2D plane to look spacial even though many objects crown the canvas. I enjoy the gruesome content because it feels real and primal.

The Clay Scuplture of The Lord of The Ring.

I bet most of us know about the award winning and one of the greatest movie on eart, The Lord of The Ring. I found some of the LOTR fans made these awesome sculpture from various characters in the LOTR.

As one of the big fan, I myself feel a little regret not trying to make LOTR scuplture while in the class. Hopefully, I will be able to make it in the future!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Pretty, Strange

One of Julie Moon's "Pretty, Strange"  exhibition of works. The simple white surface of a swan contrasts with the elaborate flower decorations. Here are some other works by Moon.!prettyPhoto

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Portrait Sculpture by Karen Caldicott


Portrait of the Famous People. Karen Caldicott is so legend that she created this amazing sculpture of famous people like Michael Jackson, Donald Trump and even George Washington. What's even better is how she manage to color the Michael Jackson face to be exactly like the real Michael Jackson face.

                                                                      Michael Jackson
                                                                        Donald Trump
                                                                      George Washington

Katia was born in Russia and this could be the reason for the warm color palette used for her papier mache and clay doll sculpture what quite recall the way of Rubens. The doll sculptures usually are 28 – 30 cm tall and each one prove a great inspiration for the fabric mix with the clay. Indeed, the dolls are made by Katia for the “big kids”, for those who still remember the childhood, the time when trees were bigger and dreams were brighter.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pumpkin teapot. Made in Yixing, China.

Yixing is a county-level city with a population of 1.24 million administrated under the prefecture-level city of Wuxi in southern Jiangsu province, People's Republic of China, and is part of the Yangtze River Delta. With active modern industry as the economical fundamentals, it is more famous for traditional Yixing clay and the pottery made from that—especially the "zisha"-style teapots. It is also famous in China for thousands of scholars and scientists born here, among whom there are 12 academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences and 13 academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering.