Claire Loder’s Intriguingly Strange Ceramic Heads

It’s day 2 of Brown Paper Bag’s Ceram­ics Week! Today, let’s take a look at Claire Loder’s intrigu­ing heads…

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I’m simul­ta­ne­ously dis­turbed and enthralled by Claire Loder’s work. The strange and beautifully-crafted ceramic pieces have an air of mys­tery about them. We see their soft facial expres­sions as well large, foreign-looking growths that cover the entirety of their face. Loder speaks about the con­cept behind her heads:

Since august 2005 I have been pre­oc­cu­pied with mak­ing heads and faces, explor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties for psy­cho­log­i­cal nar­ra­tives. Con­tem­pla­tion and melan­choly are per­pet­ual under­cur­rents. As I rarely deal with any­thing below the neck I’m inter­ested in the head as a metaphor for the com­plete body.

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  • Reply kelly rae September 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

    these are lovely :)

  • Reply Studio Arhoj's Ceramics Drip with Colorful, Thick Glaze | Brown Paper Bag September 3, 2014 at 10:04 am

    […] 3 and count­ing of Brown Paper Bag’s Ceram­ics Week! Yes­ter­day fea­tured Claire Loder’s beautifully-strange heads while Mon­day saw ani­mal fig­urines by Jen Collins. And today? The […]

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