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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!


Tureen, 9 in. (23 cm) in height, stoneware, fired to cone 10 in reduction, 2009.

Peter Karner

Posted On April 19, 2010 3 Comments

Nestled in a narrow canyon alongside a creek, Peter Karner makes functional vessels that embody his surroundings. The surfaces of his undulating ceramic forms rise and fall like the ridge lines around his studio. The highly contrasting glazes on his pots, toned black, green, tan, and orange, are reminiscent of the desert patinas and lichen that appear in his environment. In a most subtle way, Karner’s pottery incorporates these natural elements, bringing the vastness of the landscape into an intimate perspective.

Eidetic, approximately 10 ft. (3 m) in length (dimensions variable); ceramic, slips and paint, wood, mixed media, 2003.

Steve Reynolds: Off the Wall

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Steve Reynolds’ work is a poke in the eye; enmeshed in contradiction, it is deeply intelligent, prickly, and tough-minded. His work is uncomfortable to look at, defying all categories, always an amalgam of the beautiful and the ugly. Neither of these qualities have been his focus, they emerged as an indirect consequence of his process.

Re/Claim, 15 in. (38 cm) in height, post-consumer found objects, porcelain, glazes.

Daniel Bare, Emerging Artist 2010

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Daniel Bare, Hudsonville, Michigan

Tomorrow Looking Down, 7 ft. (2.1 m) in height, wood-fired stoneware, steel, 2009.

Denny Gerwin, Emerging Artist 2010

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Denny Gerwin, Logan, Utah

Grey Arch + Blue, 17 in. (43 cm) in height, earthenware with glaze, 2009.

Jury Smith, Emerging Artist 2010

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Jury Smith, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Footprint, 14 in. (36 cm) in length, cone 6 porcelain, glaze, oil paint.

Lauren Gallaspy, Emerging Artist 2010

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Lauren Gallaspy, Athens, Georgia 

Coffee service set, 16 in. (41 cm) in length, thrown and altered porcelain, soda fired to cone 10; handbuilt stoneware with flashing slip, soda fired to cone 6.

Matthew McGovern, Emerging Artist 2010

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Matthew McGovern, Cedar, Michigan

Thoughts of Home, 24 in. (61 cm) in height, porcelain, steel, neodymium magnets, Yoko Ono Button Mums, water, 2009.

Ryan Takaba, Emerging Artist 2010

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Ryan Takaba, San Antonio, Texas

Globe Jar, 6½ in. (17 cm) in height, cast and assembled porcelain, soda fired, 2010.

Bowie Croisant, Emerging Artist 2010

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Bowie Croisant, Kansas City, Missouri

Vessel (m14) (detail), 12 in. (30 cm) in length, hand-built burnished earthenware, soluble metal salts.

Mark Goudy, Emerging Artist 2010

Posted On April 19, 2010 10 Comments

Mark Goudy, Berkeley, California