A New Set of Ceramicists

Ruth Duckworth’s modernist forms (above) shaped the way we think about ceramics in the second half of the 20th Century. She approached clay as a Sculptor, rather than a Potter, and in doing so redefined conventional vessel forms, transforming them into art pieces. Her work has a modernist and expressionist aesthetic to it, with her vessels harbouring clean and functional edges. The Ceramicists below embody a new gen of sculptors and artists who continue to develop Ducksworth’s aesthetic, but in new, contemporary forms.

 

Jacqueline Klassen

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Jacqueline Klassen doesn’t have a background in design, but with an undergraduate degree in English Literature she thought she’d give a six-week course in ceramics a go, and immediately fell in love. Thank goodness she did, because i am in love with her first collection; with its angular forms matched with functional design. Her approach as a novice is just to experiment and play, allowing for mistakes: an attitude matched by Duckworth’s own moto, to just “play, play, play.”  If Klassen’s first collection is anything to go by, i eagerly anticipate the next.

 

Natalie Herrera : From High Gloss

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Natalie Herrera is one of my favourite ceramicists, with an instagram that makes your inner ceramic dreams come to life. This Brooklyn artist only launched her online shop a little over a year ago, but has since gained quite a following, with most of her pieces continulously selling out. Her approach is a little different to most Potters, as an architectural process is applied with rigid lines, extruded forms and experimental, textural glazes.

 Jonathan Wade

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Jonathan Wade is a Royal College of Art graduate that has the experience of individuals at the forefront of his practice. He asks “What information is present in situations, objects and ourselves that influences our passage through the world?” Not only is Wade’s collection a celebration of form and immersive colour, it’s also a process  that begins through a “fascination with objects that express varied qualities of ambiguousness, intervention, transience or coincidence. He may find these in the layering and chance combinations of form, texture and colour in man-made landscapes, or by the examination of particular natural objects.”  Whatever world Wade is in, i want in too ..

 

   

AAndersson  Ceramics 

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This particular artist is a funny one, as Ian Andersson began his journey working for Urban Outfitters as a menswear buyer. It was during an evening class, at the infamous clay studio in Philadelphia, that Anderson was able to curate a series of forms he had been conjuring up in his head since high school. He uses plaster moulds as a base to create his angular forms, that bring attention to usually mundane objects such as the bowl or the mug.  In the words of Anderson if his work “makes you feel a little bit weird when you’re using a piece, or it makes you think about how you feel when you’re using it — that makes it more interesting.” Anderson also keeps to a muted palette, with a focus on white, grey and black and the odd blue glaze. Ian is certainly a new ceramicist to watch out for.

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Tessy M King 

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I first saw Australian, Tessy M King’s work as part of an exhibition in Choosing Keeping on Columbia Road a few months back. I was struck by King’s playful forms and use of the everyday disgarded objects. Coming from a background of nursing and naturopathy, King states that “Ceramics involves so much chemistry” something that’s obvious from the designs and textures she creates. Her work is soft, and draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources from the 60s and 70s indoor, to plants and her natural surroundings.

She too, like the many of the designers mentioned above, is a novice to the ceramic world. And, it’s this rawness, this fresh approach that all the designers have, that is special and in many ways isn’t tainted by the art industry.  These artists make forms because they can and they love it which was exactly the principle that fuelled the late Ruth Duckworth.