Hijiri Yahagi’s series of life-sized ceramic figure puppets boast cracked surfaces symbolizing the hardships of this life journey.
Ceramic, Wood, Rope, Steel, Copper, Brass
Yahagi explores the human experience of carrying physical and emotional scars – how they help make us who we are.
According to the artist, the puppet strings are metaphors for both the connections and restraints of our world.
Beautiful. Haunting. Thought Provoking.
Hijiri Yahagi’s website
Piles of fabric. . .or delicate crumpled paper. I couldn’t decide which I was looking at when I first came across Cherly Ann Thomas’ work. I was surprised to learn that the forms are porcelain clay. Spectacular!
Thomas builds columns with tiny coiled ropes of clay. Knowing the columns are too thin and too tall to withstand the heat of the kiln, she is prepared – and looks forward to – their inevitable collapse during the firing process. The collapsed columns are coupled with other collapsed columns and fired again, and again – the results are striking.
“I am drawn to silence, sensuality, chance and loss. I have developed a process than encompasses all of these elements. I build tall, thin columns from tiny coils of porcelain clay, attaching one at a time. I invite the physics of failure during the firing.”
Cheryl Ann Thomas’ website
After all these years. . .still love repetitive design; still love ceramic tiles; still love organic, molecular anything; still love all white everything. Heather Knight’s ceramic tiles are a perfect example. Perfect.
“. . .I hope to bridge modern design and the natural world by paring down the essence of things to repetitive texture and basic form. I love the way a texture can produce the illusion of movement, the way light and shadow play with one another.”
Textural Tile Grouping
“Focusing on a very limited, almost all white color palette enables me to focus more on texture and surface and calls attention to the brilliance of the clay. I am constantly searching for new hints of inspiration on walks through the woods, beach adventures and through macro photography.”
Heather Knight’s website