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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!

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.

Tyler School of Art, Temple University: From Ceramics Monthly’s “MFA Factor” series

Posted On August 13, 2009 0 Comments
Tyler’s philosophy emphasizes the investigation and articulation of concepts leading to a high level of personal inquiry, resulting in work that challenges and extends the traditional boundaries of the media and their accepted definitions. Students have access to state of the art facilities and tools while enjoying an interdisciplinary education. The program provides weekly contact… Read More »

NCECA 2009 Regional Student Juried Exhibition

Posted On August 12, 2009 0 Comments
Bent tray, 23 in. (58 cm) in length, by David Eichelberger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Orb Cluster, 15 in. (38 cm) in height, by Amanda Pless, Arizona State University. Childbearing Hips, 18 in. (46 cm) in height, by Shenny Cruces, San Francisco State University. Set of Shells 1, each approximately 2 in. (5 cm) in diameter,… Read More »

Travis Winters, Buffalo State College: CM 2009 Undergraduate Showcase

Posted On August 12, 2009 0 Comments
Nebula, 10 in. (25 cm) in height, raku fired, 2009. Cinched, 14 in. (33 cm) in height, wood-fired stoneware, 2009. As a child I spent a lot of my time exploring the woods that were right in my backyard, which is why I have always been drawn to the organic beauty of nature. By looking… Read More »

Timo Fahler, Kansas City Art Institute: CM 2009 Undergraduate Showcase

Posted On August 12, 2009 2 Comments
Layered Archetype B, 17 in. (43 cm) in height, slip cast and thrown porcelain, stoneware, black underglaze, fired to cone 10 in reduction. Porcelain Archetype, 35 in. (89 cm) in height, slip cast, press molded porcelain, fired to cone 10 in reduction. My recent work investigates the interplay between the interior architecture of an object… Read More »

Mai Maruo, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University: CM 2009 Undergraduate Showcase

Posted On August 12, 2009 0 Comments
Jewelry box, 4.5 in. (11 cm) in height, soda-fired porcelain. Bowl, 11 in. (28 cm) in diameter, soda-fired porcelain. Over time, traditions adjust to people and their lifestyles. The rate of this change may vary within different cultures. In contrast, nature tends to change slowly and universally. Both of these types of change are meaningful… Read More »