As a finishing touch before glazing his wheel-thrown vases and bowls, ceramic artist Abe Haruya (previously) sets about carving the surface of each piece with various metallic tools. Many of the pieces are done freehand by sight, but some of the more complex scale-like patterns are first sketched with a pencil before Haruya carefully rakes across the surface to remove thin layers of porcelain. The videos have proven to be wildly fascinating to watch, garnering millions of views across Instagram despite a proportionally smaller following. You can catch a number of additional videos here.
London-based artist Vanessa Hogge sculpts vessels and decorative wall objects called wallflowers covered in hundreds of delicate porcelain petals out of her studio in Cockpit Arts Holborn. The one-off pieces are inspired by daisies, chrysanthemums, dahlias, hydrangeas, and daphne and range from smaller pieces she assembles in a few hours to larger vases weeks in the making. You can watch a video of her process below and see more on Instagram. (via The Jealous Curator)
Working with a mixture of cold porcelain and polymer atop a metal wire armature, artist Ellen Jewett (previously) creates wildly intricate sculptures of animals covered in a tangle of surreal embellishments. The artist describes her works as “anthrozoology meets psychoanalysis,” where tiny clues left in the feathers, fur, and tentacles of each piece lead to a greater story of its meaning. From her artist statement:
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. Even the narratives themselves harbor a degree of anarchy as they are rarely formally structured. Rather, I seek to achieve flow states while working to create a fluid progression of unconscious imagery.
Jewett most recently exhibited at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco for a group show titled Hindsight, and just wrapped up work on a body of 10 new artworks. You can see some great behind-the-scenes process photos on Instagram.
“Ceropégia,” 2017. 16x21x14 cm. Limoges porcelain, enamel and biscuit, overglaze green hand painted.
Previously working with the female figure in her sculptural pieces mentioned here and here, Juliette Clovis’ newest series of porcelain sculptures is centered around the form of an egg. Each was crafted by Clovis in La Manufacture La Seynie, the oldest Limoges porcelain manufacturer in France. Some of her eggs, which are decorated in a similar fashion to many of her earlier pieces with spikes, floral clusters, and hand-painted markings, are currently on view at Galerie Mondapart in France through May 4, 2017. You can see more images of Clovis’ porcelain forms on her Instagram and website. (via Fubiz)
“Habu Kiku,” 2017. 21x20x20 cm. Limoges porcelain, enamel, overglaze red and gold luster hand painted.
“Anser Cygnoides,” 2017. Limoges porcelain, enamel and biscuit,Overglaze blue cobalt hand painted.
“Aquila Chrysaetos,” 2017. 21x15x13 cm. Limoges porcelain, Enamel and biscuit, overglaze black hand painted.
“Mamba,” 2017. 20x16x16 cm. Limoges porcelain, enamel, overglaze black hand painted.
“Grus Japonensis,” 2017. 21x17x17 cm. Limoges porcelain, enamel and biscuit, overglaze black hand painted.
“White splendeur,” 2017. 13x11x11 cm. Limoges porcelain, enamel and biscuit.
Adopting traditional decorative motifs found on Ming Dynasty ceramics, Chinese artist Lei Xue sculpted these humorous smashed aluminum cans that bridge the gap of some 600 years of art history. The pieces are part of an ongoing series titled Drinking Tea, and unlike the mechanical process of producing cans, each object is sculpted and painted by hand. You can see more of Xue’s work at Martina Detterer Gallery. (via This Isn’t Happiness)
“Atsu Bashiri”, 2016. Limoges porcelain, white glaze, red and gold hand painted. 34x35x24cm
French artist Juliette Clovis (previously) works primarily with female busts, mutating the forms to adopt animal or floral-based characteristics. Using both the 2D application of paint, and 3D addition of ceramics, she covers the females that she sculpts in horns, quills, and blooms. In some works the natural elements look as if they merge with the bust, while others appear overtaken, such as in the piece Memento mori (2016). In this piece Clovis’ white figure is almost entirely covered in flowers, with minimal elements of her face barely peaking out from its blanket of ceramic blossoms.
Clovis will have a solo exhibition of her work at Gallery Mondapart in Paris titled “Baroque Curiosities” opening March 23 and running through May 4, 2017. You can see more images of Clovis’ hybrid porcelain forms on her Instagram and website. (via Faith is Torment)
“Atsu Bashiri”, detail.
“Atsu Bashiri”, detail.
“Memento mori”, 2016. Limoges porcelain, white glaze and white biscuit.
“Memento mori”, 2016.
“Mazama”, 2016. Limoges porcelain, white glaze, blue cobalt hand painted.
“Heteractis magnifica”, 2016. Limoges porcelain, white biscuit and white glaze.
“Heteractis magnifica”, detail.