Tag Archives: Ceramics

Ceramic Vessels Want You to Remember Nice Things

Sachie Kaneko, aka Kusafane, is the woman behind these sweet-looking ceram­ics. They’re meant as small sculp­tures as well as prac­ti­cal objects like vases and can­dle hold­ers. In addi­tion, Kaneko wants her hand­i­work to be some­thing that has a pos­i­tive asso­ci­a­tion attached to it — like, if you received it as a gift from a spe­cial some­one in […]

Sweet Ceramic Figurines by Nico Masemula

I couldn’t find much on the work of Nico Masem­ula, a South African artist who pro­duces charm­ing ceramic fig­ures. But, I love the sweet, sim­ple nature of these objects. Peo­ple smil­ing, read­ing books together, their arms around each other… real nice. Images via Clem­intina Ceramics

Ceramic Greyhounds’ “Tattooed” Coats Read Like Dreams

Brazil­ian artist Eve­lyn Tan­nus paints beau­ti­ful sur­face designs on ele­gant ceramic stat­ues of Grey­hound dogs. She turns their normally-neutral-colored coats to hues like mint green, sky blue, and lilac. In addi­tion, Eve­lyn draws flow­ers, geo­met­ric pat­terns, human fig­ures, and much, much more on the dogs’ bod­ies and heads. I love see­ing how the seem­ingly dis­parate imagery flows together, as if we’re […]

Who Needs a Pencil When You’ve Got Thread?

Julie Van Weze­mael is an illus­tra­tor based in Ghent, Bel­gium, and she com­bines paint­ing and embroi­dery in her exquis­ite works. The use of thread is often sub­tle; here, you can see that it takes the place of lines that would nor­mally be drawn with a pen or pen­cil. I like the tex­ture it cre­ates, and it adds an […]

A Lightbulb as a Tail: Ceramics by Il Sung Na

See that guy? I bought him at MICA’s Art Mar­ket this past week­end! Il Sung Na crafted these adorable crea­tures that have a prac­ti­cal pur­pose. They hold tea lights, light­bulbs, paint­brushes and more. I love the col­or­ing and the char­ac­ter design. Like, the light­bulb out of a figure’s butt? How amus­ing and clever! I saw all […]

Michelle Summers’ Nebulous of Gingerly-Drawn Designs

Michelle Sum­mers is a ceramic artist liv­ing in Min­neapo­lis, Min­nesota. She dab­bles in dif­fer­ent artis­tic media like paint­ing, draw­ing, and jew­elry, and you can def­i­nitely see the influ­ence in these phys­i­cal objects. The multi-layered designs fea­ture gingerly-drawn por­traits of peo­ple and birds, in addi­tion to non-representational shapes. Each piece feels like a neb­u­lous or stream of […]

Countless Ceramic Beads Make Up One Incredible Whole

British artist Fenella Elms cre­ates ceramic art­works that are com­prised of intri­cate, meticulously-placed porce­lain beads. They are con­structed intu­itively, mean­ing that there’s no for­mal plan for their com­po­si­tion. The var­ied ori­en­ta­tion of the pieces result in a chang­ing per­spec­tive depend­ing on your van­tage point. So, how does Fenella do it? The indi­vid­ual ele­ments (and there are so many!) are […]

Allyson Mellberg Taylor’s Alluringly Grotesque Portraits on Ceramics

I’ve been a fan of Allyson Mell­berg Taylor’s draw­ings for sev­eral years now, but only recently real­ized that she cre­ates illus­tra­tive ceram­ics, too! Her slightly grotesque por­traits have made their way onto vin­tage din­ner plates where the sub­jects have pim­ples, two heads, and talk in leaves. I can’t help but be reminded of the graphic novel Black Hole by Charles […]

Barruntando Ceramics Are Cute, Functional, Sometimes Just Cute

The Span­ish col­lec­tive Bar­run­tando cre­ates adorable, hand-painted char­ac­ters out of clay. Sleepy foxes, baby sloths, minia­ture croc­o­diles, and more are all avail­able in their Etsy shop. Some, like the piece above, serve a dual pur­pose aside from just look­ing cute; they are illus­trated prod­ucts like yarn bowls and mag­nets. An obvi­ous strength of Barruntando’s work is their […]