One of the best things about working in the design industry is all of the other fabulous designers I get to admire and interact with!
I have always loved the tactile nature of ceramics; a medium that behaves very differently to textiles; it is hard and unyielding, delicate. Textiles are strong and soft.
Today I have rounded up some of my favorite ceramic artists to look at; while they all have very different work, I think I respond to the wonderful texture in all of these pieces!
Sandra Davolio is an Italian born ceramic artist currently living and working in Denmark.
She received her degree from the very prestigious Danish School of Design.
Her porcelain and stoneware works are structurally feats of gravity - at one so refined and explosive in space!
She is inspired by nature - abstracted natural forms and patterns are very apparent in her works.
Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art in Design here in New York as well as the Cooper Hewitt!
Hitomi Hosono is a Japanese born ceramic artist currently living and working in London, England.
She received her Bachelor’s degree from Kanazawa College of Art in Kanazawa, Japan and her Masters in Art from Royal College of Art in London.
She also cites nature as a strong theme and source of inspiration in her work; perhaps I have a theme?
Hosono says about her design process; "I receive inspiration from greenery in East London. Often when rambling with my friend, I discover interesting plants; touching them to feel the texture and to examine the structure.”
I think her subtle use of radiating color adds to the textural depth in her refined porcelain works; striking a stunning balance of traditional and modern aesthetics.
Suzanne Sullivan is a ceramic artist who recently relocated from her studio in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn to Pittsburgh, PA.
Sullivan graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in photography before finding her way back to ceramics some years later.
Her hand thrown ceramic vessels are decorated with intricate, geometric patterns - all done by hand!
Her color palette is limited, oftentimes black, white with a hint of metallic gold; which allows the repeated, soothing patterns to be the work’s real highlight!