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The Battle of Britain London Monument in progress, with a suspended wooden armature that was built as the figures were constructed.

The Story of a Successful Ceramic Sculptor: Paul Day Talks About Life In and Out of the Studio

Posted On December 1, 2010 19 Comments

Ceramics Monthly’s Working Sculptors issue is coming up in January, so today I thought I would give you a sneak peek at one of the sculptors in the issue. In this excerpt, sculptor Paul Day shares the path he took to a successful art career.

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Glen C. Nelson, 1913–2010

Posted On October 15, 2010 5 Comments

Artist, educator, and author Glenn C. Nelson died on Saturday, April 17, 2010, in Naples, Florida, six weeks shy of his 97th birthday. Nelson was born May 30, 1913 in Racine, Wisconsin. He was the only child of Nels and Bertha Nelson.

Blue and White Jar, 23 in. (58 cm) in height, porcelain with inlaid cobalt pigments.

From West to East and Back Again: The Ceramics of Steven Young Lee

Posted On October 15, 2010 0 Comments

Trade of goods between the East and the West dates back to the early days of the Silk Routes, but it wasn’t until the period of early modern colonization that Eastern motifs, styles, and subject matter became vogue in the art of the West. At the same time, Europeanizing trends appeared in the art of the East: a cross-cultural hybridization had

begun.

Photo of Nancy Sweezy.

Nancy Sweezy, 1921–2010

Posted On September 15, 2010 1 Comment

Potter and traditional arts advocate Nancy Sweezy will be fondly remembered for reviving the fortunes of Jugtown Pottery at a time when the continued vitality of North Carolina’s remarkable pottery tradition seemed uncertain. Nancy’s interest in pottery had begun in the 1950s when she lived in New Hampshire and studied at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and with Isobel Karl.

Topolino, wood, unfired clay, paint, and wire, 2003. Photo: James O. Milmoe.

Kristen Morgin

Posted On September 15, 2010 0 Comments

Nearly everyone who sees Kristen Morgin’s sculptures has a story to tell about them, and while the stories may be different, their trajectory is often the same: someone recognizes a detail, like the tail fin of a Cadillac or the chiseled mane of a carousel horse, in Morgin’s unwieldy clay monuments, feels her own memories are ensconced in that detail, and begins to speak as though she has been familiar with Morgin’s sculpture for years.

Sora—Space, 18 in. (46 cm) in diameter, wood-fired stoneware, 2009.

Yasuhisa Kohyama: Shigaraki Icon

Posted On September 15, 2010 1 Comment

Shigaraki is undoubtedly the Japanese “heartland” of ceramics. Over 1200 years ago, the Emperor designated Shigaraki as the capital of Japan and in the next year he issued an Imperial Ordinance for the construction of a great Buddha. This was the origin of the province of Shigaraki, the birthplace of unglazed ceramics or Shigaraki-Yaki, one of the original six ancient styles.

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Talented Ceramic Artists Featured in Undergraduate Showcase 2010

Posted On September 15, 2010 6 Comments

Ceramics Monthly recently published its the winners of its popular Undergraduate Showcase competition. This competition highlights some impressive work by artists who are still in the very beginning stages of their explorations with clay. Since it is back to school time, I thought I would share the featured artists in the blog today.

Serving bowl, 12 in (30 cm) in diameter,  earthenware with terra sigillata and glaze, fired to cone 2 in an electric kiln, 2010.

Adam Gruetzmacher, Undergraduate Showcase 2010

Posted On August 10, 2010 5 Comments

Adam Gruetzmacher
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Instructors: Kate Maury, Geoffrey Wheeler

Irreverence, black walnut pedestal with maple inlay, slip-cast porcelain,

Eric Wolever, Undergraduate Showcase 2010

Posted On August 10, 2010 0 Comments

Eric Wolever
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
Instructors: George Timock, Paul Donnelly

Flower brick, 9 in. (23 cm) in length, thrown and altered porcelain with brushed and sprayed glazes, fired to cone 10 in an electric kiln, 2009.

Sean Larson, Undergraduate Showcase 2010

Posted On August 10, 2010 5 Comments

Sean Larson
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Instructors: Kate Maury, Geoffrey Wheeler