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Category Archives: Ceramic

brian somerville’s beasts of clay

Brian Somerville sculpts beasts that tell stories. Somerville builds the beasts on crude armatures, eventually cutting up the solid forms, then hollowing them out and reassembling the creatures. He spends weeks (sometimes months!) carving the intricate patterns that cover each piece.

Brian Somerville, Shellshocked

Shell-shocked, ceramic, mixed media

“Get your shelled ass moving!” barked the wild hare to its ride. As the tortoise slowed its pace and raced on till it died.

Brian Somerville, Barnstormer

Barnstormer, ceramic, mixed media

It flew with wings of bolts and bones above the fog from coal. It saw the sky was falling down and did not tell a soul.

Brian Somerville, Barnstormer, detail

 Barnstormer, detail

Brian Somerville, The Patriarch

The Patriarchceramic, metal, wood, foam and epoxy

 Respect the roots that hold your ground before your good name’s gone. Civilized versus savagery depends which side you’re on.

Brian Somerville, The Patriarch detail

The Patriarch, detail

“The antics of my unpolished herd reflect our society in ways that are uncomfortably familiar. Remembering hard life lessons that were buried in childhood memories, re-evaluating our priorities as adults and even questioning our own mortality can all be realized through eye contact with a beast.”

Brian Somerville’s website

See 45 process photos of Barnstormer here and dozens more process shots from his workshops and lectures here.

hijiri yahagi: puppet strings

Hijiri Yahagi’s series of life-sized ceramic figure puppets boast cracked surfaces symbolizing the hardships of this life journey.

Yahagi, I'm A Puppet

Ceramic, Wood, Rope, Steel, Copper, Brass

Yahagi, I'm A Puppet

Yahagi explores the human experience of carrying physical and emotional scars – how they help make us who we are.

Yahagi, I'm A Puppet

According to the artist, the puppet strings are metaphors for both the connections and restraints of our world.

Hijiri Yahagi

Beautiful. Haunting. Thought Provoking.

Hijiri Yahagi

Hijiri Yahagi’s website


cheryl ann thomas: collapsed columns

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, BlueTower


Thomas, Relics

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.

Thomas, Ledge


Thomas, Perch


Thomas, Tinge

 “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


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