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21. June 2011 09:36

Fire, Silicates, Beasts and Humans

Clay is a naturally occurring aluminum silicate composed of fine-grained minerals. These minerals are typically produced over long periods of time by the gradual weathering of rocks by water and collected in deposits by gravity. Clay contains low concentrations of carbonic acid and other diluted solvents. The combination of these molecules impart plasticity to the material and the property of hardening when fired or dried.

 

“I grew up in a rural setting, so throughout my life I have engaged in
constant observation of animals of all kinds, both wild and domestic.
They all have different roles, jobs, and methods of communication, so
this serves me well in my work.  If I have an idea for a sculpture that
needs a certain motif, for example fragility, innocence, or speed, I
might use a deer or a bird.  Different animals have been messengers in a
myriad of mythologies throughout the ages, and I might employ this for
different themes in my work as well.  On a base level, animals come in so
many shapes and sizes that I might use a particular animal because its
body type alone fits my composition.”

Tomas Schneider
Erie, PA USA
http://www.schneiderworks.com

 

“I make my sculptures to share what I cannot say with words. They are my way of reminding both myself and the world of how life actually is. My sculptures find themselves being created from half remembered scowls on the street, from speeches of jaded politicians, and from an enjoyment of bicycling in the rain. However, when all these parts are pulled together, something different comes out. The resulting creature doesn’t care where it came from. It is simply here to share its enjoyment of life.”

Eva Funderburgh
Seattle USA
http://evafunderburgh.com
“I read about the role of animal figurines and pottery decorations in ancient times, I don't remember exactly, something to do with hunting and taming the spirits of the beasts... or maybe they just made toys for their kids. These guys were inspired by computer games , but I present them as allegories of human behavioral traits.”

Veronica Solomon
Berlin, Germany
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Ceramix/102069
















































“Several years ago my wife, Connie and my two sons, Noah and Galen and I, spent time backpacking in Central America. The colors and imagery of the rainforests, the tropical flowers and the coral reefs of the Caribbean have greatly influenced my work. The colors on the surface of many of my pots, sinks and sculpture are anything but subdued! The work seems to bring smiles to people’s lives, and that happiness in returned to my family and me tenfold!” The "Guardians" is a series created in remembrance of Arrow, a Russian Wolfhound.

Ken Sedberry
Bakersville, NC  USA
http://www.sedberrypottery.com







































Nathan has worked as an illustrator of children books for many years. It is only recently that he started working in ceramics. He thinks of his work as “ceramic illustrations.”

Nathan Halpern
Jerusalem, Israel
http://www.nathanhalpern.com





















































“For me, the animal/human form in this group of work is used to give a hard, permanent material like fired clay a bit of gestural animation.  If find the juxtaposition of these two things interesting- immovable ceramic that won't even bio-degrade that looks like it will get up and walk away at any time.  Using animal forms also gives each pot more personality and wit.”

John McMillan
Virginia, USA
http://www.jonmcmillan.com








































Veronica Solomon
Berlin, Germany
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Ceramix/102069














































Mike lived in the Osaka-Kyoto region of Japan for several years where he traveled the country extensively, studying local folk pottery— both ancient and modern. Once back in the US he started making pots in the “Jappalachian” folk tradition in rural South Georgia.

Mike Henshaw
Georgia USA
http://www.mockingbirdpottery.com




































“There exists a tiny space between the conscious realm and subconscious sleep, the wake of life, or the slipstream of consciousness.  This often overlooked and briefly occupied slipstream is a very powerful space – a space where time loses its grip and mythologies are born. I make a daily effort to be observant and diligent while in this space and to try to record what happens there. This self portrait as a robot panda was inspired by a dream. ”

Tomas Schneider
Erie, PA USA
http://www.schneiderworks.com




































































Juliana Morozowski

When Juliana designed the “The Cheshire Cat” tea set she was playing with the concepts of  Donald Norman. The main issue being that emotions have a crucial role in the human ability to understand the world and that , by virtue of their sensual appeal, aesthetically pleasing objects appear to the user to be more effective. “I decided to design some products that could bring childhood references.  I like the story of Alice in Wonderland and I’m a great fan of the Cheshire cat.”

Juliana Morozowski
Florianopolis, Brazil
http://www.behance.net/jmorova

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