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cj jilek: porcelain biomorphic forms

CJ Jilek’s biomorphic ceramic forms seemed like a fitting complement to yesterday’s post about Linda Threadgill’s fantastical flower brooches. Both artists create bold statement pieces and use botanical forms as a stepping off point in their work.



Inspired by the sensuality of the natural world, Jilek’s porcelain and mixed media sculptures question ideas of beauty, attraction and desire. She recognized that the easily viewed reproductive elements of botanical forms serve as a metaphor for human sexuality, thus coaxing the viewer to explore these ideas using a universal visual language. The forms are bold and beautiful.



“Eliminating the presence of stems, leaves, and roots removes the physical context of the plants allowing the viewer to focus on the form specifically in terms of its sexuality. The exaggerated form of the stamens and pistils creates a visual language making direct correlations between the botanical forms and characteristics of the human body. These biomorphic forms are designed to lead the viewer to a subconscious association between nature and human instinct of attraction.”

CJ Jilek’s website

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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.


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.






“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.”


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.

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