Personally, I’m not good at forming things out of clay, but I like looking at what other people can do! This entire week on Brown Paper Bag is dedicated to ceramics in their various forms: surface design, sculpted figures, and more. So, let’s get started with Bolden by Jen Collins.
I’ve long admired Jen Collin’s illustrations, so when she started making ceramics I was really excited. There’s something incredible about how drawings translate into 3D objects, and her line, Bolden, is no exception. I can imagine these things as 2D renderings; Jen’s signature lines and brush strokes make their way onto the hand-formed pieces.
You can buy these delightful pieces in the Bolden shop. Jen tweeted that this update is the last for the foreseeable future, so don’t waste any time!
Today it’s angles all over the place. Lighting fixtures, desk caddies, illustrations, and more. This type of design is really versatile and looks good in many different applications. No wonder it remains so popular; Mary Blair (below) was working with geometric shapes back in the mid-20th century.
As always, happy Friday! And, to my US readers — have a great long weekend!
PS: September 1 — 5 is CERAMICS week on Brown Paper Bag. All that week I’ll feature my favorite beautiful breakables.
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I was first introduced to Kris Chau’s work when I was in undergrad. She was a guest professor for a “lifestyle” illustration class I was taking, and I fell in love with her way of drawing. Chau uses beautiful lines throughout each piece that have a lyrical feel to them. And when she’s not doing that, she peppers her work with lovely patterns.
If you check out Chau’s blog, she does a lot of sketching. I’ve included some of them here, and they are handled more loosely than her paintings. She couples this treatment with ethereal depictions of goddesses, mermaids, and spirits. It creates an appropriately dreamlike world.
Instagram alert: she has one. Follow her! (And how about me, while you’re at it?)
Okay, so maybe the title is a bit misleading. I don’t know if you’d necessarily hug these soft sculptures, but most of them on this list look pretty cuddly.
I’ve always been one to collect stuffed creatures. In my bedroom is a collection of Ugly Dolls from college and an assortment of Heidi Kenney’s plushes. I think I’ll always have a place in my heart for these soft objects even if I don’t own them.
Is there an online shop or a particular soft sculpture you love? Let me know if in the comments, or via Twitter or Facebook!
And a BONUS, because I just love candy so much:
Internet, get ready. Tonight, August 21, at 7PM ET, Monica Ramos’ (previously) online shop, Rituals, will release some more of her delightful ceramic alpacas. If you missed ‘em last time around (like I did), now’s your chance! Set an alarm on your phone and be near a computer so you too can own an adorable planter of this stately animal.
PS — I found out about this via Ramos’ Instagram!
I’ve always been a fan of miniatures. When I was younger, I remember that my mom had printer drawers mounted to our walls with tiny goodies on display. Now it’s come full circle, as I too collect small art objects! So it’s no surprise, then, that I fell in love with Lauren Delaney George’s Etsy shop. She hand produces tiny books, pencils, scrolls, perfume bottles, and so much more (there are over 700 items for sale!). Everything is roughly the size of a penny, or sometimes smaller.
These pieces are meant for doll houses, and George’s career started when she made miniatures as Christmas gifts for her grandparents. Now, she creates them for hobbyists, writing, “One of my frustrations as a child was the high expense of the available dollhouse accessories, whose quality was inconsistent at best.” If you have an idea for a tiny object, you can let George know via Etsy.