British potter Jon Middlemiss determined 14 years ago that he was “not suited” to functional ware, opting instead to develop more articulate forms by segmenting and reassembling wheel-throw vessels.
West Virginia artist Dan Keegan explores concepts of duality in his press-molded terra-cotta sculpture.
California artist Roberta Laidman. Making anthropomorphic sculptures of dogs that are neither too abstract nor cute is difficult; see how this artist faces the challenge, beginning on page 33.
Never one to shy away from controversial subjects, California artist Jerry Rothman is currently working on a timely series of sculptures that point out American social and political follies.
Ann Agee paints a cobalt-underglaze portrait of caster Earl Schlagenhaft on an unfired toilet tank at Kohler Company. Agee, a resident artist in the Arts/Industry Program, has been painting likenesses of the factory’s workers on porcelain forms, including tiles, platters and sinks. Other willing subjects are show with their portraits installed as a tile mural in the Kohler Potter’s casting shop.
Modern ceramic design with a bit of nostalgia on the side is the house specialty in this restored 1947 diner—now showroom—of Michigan artists Jerry Berta and Madeline Kaczmarczyk.
Texas potter James Watkins tells of the past experiences and current influences affecting his work in the profile beginning on page 46.
Both Sandy Brown (shown in her studio in South Molton, Devon, England) and husband Takeshi Yasuda “came to pottery largely by accident,” yet now they produce “some of the most vital ceramic work in Britain today,” says author Tony Birks.
Shown stoking the anagama at his studio, politically active Norwegian artist Torbjorn Kvasbo hopes to “create subdued and plain-spoken pieces that will promote contemplation.”