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Ceramic Artists

See how today's ceramic artists are taking the lessons from old traditions and shaping their work for the future. Meet emerging and established ceramic artists and find out what influences their work. Learn more about the issues affecting contemporary studio ceramic artists and potters. In these articles, you'll find out how working artists make it work. You'll learn about their inspirations, methods, challenges and see examples of some of the best ceramic art being made today. And don't forget to download your free copy of Emerging Ceramic Artists: New Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture. You won't want to miss these up-and-coming ceramic artists who are sure to make a mark on the ceramic art world!

Michael Lucero, New York, New York

Posted On December 8, 2009 2 Comments

The idea of making a living as an artist was not taught (at the
university) as most students went into academic teaching jobs out of
school. I chose not to go that route. Instead, I went directly to New
York City. I soon got a part-time teaching job at NYU and then Parsons
School of Design as a way to pay the rent. My work progressed and I
began to show in a New York gallery.

Daphne Corregan, Monaco

Posted On December 8, 2009 2 Comments

At a very young age, I decided to become a ceramic artist and studied
art and ceramics with that intention. I opened my studio immediately
after school and began making pottery parallel to my research on more
sculptural pieces. Both need absolute concentration and discipline. I
chose to concentrate on sculpture.

Lisa Clague, Bakersville, North Carolina

Posted On December 8, 2009 0 Comments

I don’t believe I had an initial or conscious reason to pursue ceramic
sculpture as a profession; it just evolved through trying different
mediums. My father was a metal sculptor and my mother is a potter. I
always knew I wanted to be an artist, but I didn’t want to compete with
them, so I began in illustration. Eventually I realized I needed to
express myself through more expressive materials.

Tim Rowan, Stone Ridge, New York

Posted On December 8, 2009 0 Comments

I have always been a maker/builder and need the experience of working with my hands. The engagement of my full mind and body to deconstruct and form the world is a way of trying to understand and bear witness to life.

Steven Montgomery, New York, New York

Posted On December 8, 2009 0 Comments

An intense and unwavering commitment to my work preceded any idea of
generating income from art. Any idea, or body of work, worthy of the
honor of being purchased by a collector or museum is usually made
presuming it will not generate a dime, but must be made nonetheless.

Tony Natsoulas, Sacramento, California

Posted On December 8, 2009 0 Comments

Since I was a child, I have been making, breathing, and living art. My parents took me to museums in the ’60s and ’70s in New York City while visiting relatives. I was in high school and was trying to figure out what to do with my life. I did not want to do a receptive job; I wanted to do something creative, so I chose art.

Attractive Repulsion: Visceral Made Tangible

Posted On October 7, 2009 0 Comments

Ribbons of rubber and strands of silk meander and stretch
around porcelain pods and protrusions. The current work of Alison Petty
Ragguette explores the parallel between visceral and mechanical systems. This
intelligent and emotive work envelops interior spaces where bones fit into
cartilage swaddled with translucent skin, or nourishing fluids flow. Naked
porcelain, silicone rubber, and colorful silk thread merge, wrap, wind, and
flow, implying the hardness and softness of our interior and exterior lives.
These organic abstractions are intimate and tight, slick and sticky,
stimulating and seductive, playful and alien.

Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania: From Ceramics Monthly’s MFA Factor

Posted On October 7, 2009 0 Comments

Students in the graduate ceramics program at Edinboro
University are expected to develop a strong individual direction, whether it is
in ceramic sculpture or functional pottery. Our extensive facility provides all
methods of firing and studio access 24 hours a day.

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale: From the CM MFA Factor Series

Posted On September 18, 2009 0 Comments
The ceramic program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, places emphasis on each student expressing their unique personality through their work. The program encourages a diverse range of attitudes including utilitarian pottery, figurative work, mixed media, and sculpture. Students are expected to explore ideas, materials, and processes, and to engage in critical dialog with the faculty… Read More »

Finding Your Voice

Posted On August 18, 2009 0 Comments

Finding Your Voice
Jeffrey Nichols
Master craftsman Jeffrey
Nichols talks about Finding Your Voice by developing your techniques
and your ideas. over a period of time. He demonstrates his accumulated
skills by sharing his technique for making a faceted teapot and using
his unique decorating technique of layered underglazes. To view his
teapot spout technique, check out the video.