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Category Archives: Ceramic

peter beard: wax resist on ceramic forms

Peter Beard works with a variety of materials including metal and stone, but the shapes and glazes he uses to create ceramic sculptures are what really compelled me to learn more about the artist and his process.

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Beard limits the number of forms he works with, focusing much of his attention instead on patterns and layers of color. He uses wax reliefs to create texture, masking parts of the surface over and over to build layers of pattern.

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“My ceramic work usually uses techniques of layering glaze and painting patterns with wax between the layers of glaze, the wax acting as a resist for the next layer. This is a long and meticulous process which creates complex patterns and textures within the glazes which are then fired to stoneware temperatures.”

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Peter Beard’s website

For more information about his process and to see pictures of the artist at work, read this article on Homes and Antiques.

ellen jewett: precision balanced by chaos

She was raised among newts and snails. That’s how Ellen Jewett begins to describe herself. It’s easy to connect the dots between her early years and the art she creates today.

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Jewett holds a degree in Anthropology and Fine Art, and comes from a background in medical illustration and exotic animal care. She has successfully married her interests in art and biology and now creates fantastical, sometimes grotesque and often absurd thought provoking sculptures.

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The farther I travel, the more I am home,12″x5″x17″

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The farther I travel, the more I am home, detail

Using cold porcelain clay and air drying polymer, she builds each sculpture over a wire armature, then paints with her fingers and a paint brush.

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“Each sculpture is constructed using an additive technique, layered from inside to out by an accumulation of innumerable tiny components. Many of these components are microcosmic representations of plants, animals and objects. Some are beautiful, some are grotesque and, some are fantastical. The singularity of each sculpture is the sum total of its small narrative structures.”

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Strange and Gentle, 16″x9″x9.5″

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The Goat In The Shell, 11″x6″x15.5″

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The Goat In The Shell, detail

“Each detail, down to the finest filigree, is free-modeled by hand. Within each piece precision is balanced by chaos. The overarching aesthetic knocks on the door of realism, yet the hand of the artist is never intentionally erased; brush strokes and fingerprints abound.”

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Koi, 24″x14.5″x5″

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Koi, detail

Ellen Jewett’s website

 

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