Thursday, February 27, 2014

Suzuki Goro - Carly Steuck

Suzuki Goro is a Japanese master ceramist and works in many different styles that all rooted to Japanese traditions.  One style she uses is Oribe ware, which features simples design motifs based on fanciful combination of squares, rectangles and circles.  He adds dipped or poured accents of a green flowing glaze at the end.  I find his shapes and work very detailed and the ending product always looks memorizing. 

Narumioribe Teabowl, 1999
3.5 x 5 in. 

Yobitugi with Blue Square view 2, 2009
3.75 x 5.5 in.  

Shawn Spangler - Carly Steuck

Shawn Spangler
Shawn Spangler is from Pennsylvania and is now working and living in Hawaii.  His process includes industrial design and digital technology to create the shapes and then creates the pieces.  After he uses the same glaze in his hundreds of pieces making each one unique and interesting.  I find his process very interesting and you can learn more about it at this website here:

Maggie Zerafa - Carly Steuck

Maggie Zerafa completed her BA at Ceramic Design at Monash University Melbourne in 1992 and then moved to Japan for a three year apprenticeship under Ryo Suzuki.  Now she creates ceramics, textiles, prints and jewelry.  Here is her work now with the influence of Japanese pottery.  Her glaze is beautiful and almost looks like an abstract painting on her work.

Shōji Hamada - Carly Steuck

Shōji Hamada is a Japanese potter and was a significant influence to studio potter in the twentieth century.  His work is apart of the folk-art movement.  He studied ceramics at Tokyo Institute of Technology.  I love his take on Japanese pottery and how his work can look delicate but, yet distinct and heave with his choice of shapes and glass.  Here are a couple examples of his work.

Steve Hilton - Carly Steuck

Steve Hilton is a Geologist and Clay artist and loves the natural forms of clay, rock and soil.  He uses this in his work creating organic pottery and exaggerated ground and wall exhibits.  Here is a few examples of his work today.  He studied at Arizona State in a MFA in Ceramics in 2005.
His website is here :
Title: 62,384 . . . 62,385 . . . 62,386
Series Title: Installation at Midwestern State University
Artist: Steve Hilton
Date: 2008
Technique: Plastic cast stoneware
Temperature: Cone 04
Glazing / Surface Treatment: smoke fired
Material: Stoneware
Object Type: Installation
Height: 26 | Width: 276 | Depth: 312
License: All Rights Reserved
Title: My Causeway
Artist: Steve Hilton
Date: 2007
Technique: Extruded
Temperature: Cone 04
Glazing / Surface Treatment: Electric Oxidation
Material: Earthenware
Object Type: Wall Piece
Height: 72 | Width: 108 | Depth: 12
License: Attribution License

Title: Conversation Over Tea (detail)
Series Title: Installation at Midwestern State University
Artist: Steve Hilton
Date: 2008
Technique: Pinch | coil
Temperature: Cone 04
Glazing / Surface Treatment: Stain
Material: Stoneware
Object Type: Installation

License: Attribution License

Ben Own III - Carly Steuck

Ben Owen III - Waterfall Bottle
Ben Owen is from North Carolina and is part of the Owen Family who are all pottery artist.  I thought his glaze work is amazing and I find the thin drip blue lines memorizing.  All of his pieces are focused on these different types of glaze.  Here is his website if interested in learning more.


Light Gathers

Rudolf Staffel, A ceramic artist that uses porcelain as "Light Gathers". Porcelain is so transparent that it can have light shine through it kind of like a night light. Staffel was originally interested in Chinese and Japanese painting brushworks but became interested in ceramics and became an apprentice pottery. He usually doesn't paint his porcelain vessels and if he does it's just blue and green stripes. He uses lighting to share the translucency in his porcelain.

Class Time

Lately in class I have been continuing working with clay but now instead of practicing I have been working on creating things like bowls and cups, which aren't very good and need to be redone. Along with redoing those things I have also the duty of making plates which on my very first try I made a pretty good plate! I was very impressed with myself and I am getting the hang of making things on the wheel now. Everything is going great!

Michal Fargo

Michal Fargo was born and continues to work in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he has won multiple awards, competitions and scholarships. His work is driven by a variety of textures, materials and non traditional working methods and portrays the contrast between urban life and the admiration of nature. He describes that he's not necessarily after a "narrative" with his pieces, but rather the visibility and abstract feelings that may be viewed.

Michal Fargo Ceramics

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Celadon from Old Korea, Goryeo

This is the kettle that came out from Hang-Choi's tomb in Kang-hwa-do, Korea. It is national treasure 133 and it is created inspired by lotus blossom. Decoration is really fancy and showy. If we see closer, it also has little details of beautiful decoration and it is just impressive how ceramic artists made this kind of ceramic in beginning of 13th century. I also want to make kettle like this sometime later when I have enough skills to make one.

Sabastian Errazuriz

While I was preparing my lesson plan, I found about this artist who fashioned a series of shoes. His ideas come from his past broken relationships.I wish I could upload all of his artworks/shoes of his showcase, 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers, but I'll upload a couple of works that I like the most. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

. Jim Harnish of Plow Creek Farm

I thought I would do a post about the Art of Jim Harnish, whose art probably is not really known much outside of his local community of Tiskilwa, Illinois. He went to school for accounting and spent most of his working life as a carpenter and house painter, picking up ceramics as a hobby and perhaps as some supplemental income, though most of his work was for family and friends.  He was one of the early members and pillars of  a commune where I worked as an agricultural intern for a growing season. His health no longer permits him to create ceramics.

I believe much of the clay was dug from the banks of plow creek on the farm. The works are good examples of well-made folk art, and his figures, especially his fish, have a playfulness and fluidity about them. I also think that he gets his glaze combinations to work well, especially with the fish on the top left.