2.13.2012

In another life perhaps ... my passion for CERAMICS

I'm a hopeless romantic. Ever since I saw pictures of Diana Fayt's bay area studio, I've been infatuated with the life of ceramicists.

Diana Fayt's studio. Courtesy of DesignSponge.
Their work amazes me. Diana's is quite beautiful and ever evolving. Sometimes it's muted, sometimes bold.

Diana Fayt. Courtesy of www.dianafayt.blogspot.com.
The materials and tools they have lying around are gorgeous. All those subtly toned tile samples lined up in all of their studios appeal to my sense of order and love of color. And then there are those amazing photos of the artist at work.

Laura Stasser. Courtesy of www.laurastasser.com.
They make it look so blissful and easy. Well, I know it's not! Actually, I'm sure it's pretty damn hard to make something turn out how you want it to. And even then you have to be open to surprises. I'm sure, like any artist, it takes years to find your voice in the medium and then years to hone it. Here are some that have certainly honed it.

Sara Paloma's vessels. Courtesy of www.sarapaloma.com.

Erin McGuiness. Courtesy of www.erinmcguiness.com.

I love that the pieces are functional but also pure art. And often, they're more appreciated than the fine art hanging on the walls in people's homes. Which is fine, I understand that. When I go into someone's house and see they have one of Rae Dunn's pieces, we have an instant connection. A love of fine craft and a wonderful story to tell about how each piece was chosen.

Rae Dunn salt cellars. Courtesy of www.raedunn.com.

Check out all of their work. And let me know of any ceramic artists that you admire. I'd love to know more.



7 comments:

Cynthia Monica said...

I shall check out all the artists you mentioned as I too love ceramics and often wish I had some clay to work with. Thanks for the lovely photos!

Annie said...

Thanks for the article. Thought you might like to see Nancy Y. Adams's work: http://www.nancyadams.net/art/teapots/

Victoria said...

Oh, I agree. I am totally infatuated with such work as well as the process, and often wish I had studied it. I tried my hand at throwing pots briefly in high school, and as you said found it to be very hard. The masters we watch make it look so effortless, but that is why they are masters!

Thanks for the links, I will be sure to check them out!

Sophie Truong said...

me too! but i dont want to wait for another life.. i'm sure Lari will comment about Ingrid, another Maine artist. and i love most Japanese ceramic artists - mostly white stuff.. and check out my friend Doug Law website too http://modernreason.net/

Jesse Lu Bain said...

If you are interested in discovering new ceramic artists... my blog is a good place to start. :)

http://themudbucket.blogspot.com

Katrina said...

agreed. i have a soft spot for ceramics. i wonder if that's a common love affair for people who work with textiles? hmm.

and just had to pop over and say congrats on your interview w/ lisa on poppytalk. love it. and love that you 2 know each other too. there's a bay area blogger meet up i'd love to invite you to... can we email? katrinarodabaugh@yahoo.com

xoxo.

mudstar ceramics said...

It's funny - in my other life I want to work with textiles! (I'm a potter.) Maybe it's the tactile element that connects the two genres? I've been following your blog for a while now - love it and your work.

www.mudstarceramics.blogspot.com

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