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Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Brussels-based sculptor Xavier Puente Vilardell turns blocks of wood into twisting, curled objects that look more like scrolls of paper or pieces of fabric than lumber. You can see a bit more of his pine wood sculptures over on Behance and on his website.

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Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary O’Malley

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

Porcelain Dishware Covered with Marine Life by Mary OMalley sculpture ocean ceramics

New York-based artist Mary O’Malley (previously) continues her fantastic amalgamations of porcelain dishware encrusted with ocean life titled Bottom Feeders. Like any object resting on the ocean floor, her sculptures have become increasingly swarmed by flora and fauna over the years, with some of her most recent pieces appearing wholly consumed by coral, seaweed, crustaceans, and tentacles. O’Malley creates everything you see by hand, the teapots and other dishes are thrown and hand-built porcelain, to which she adds sculpted wildlife coated with red iron oxide. You can see more of her recent work on Facebook and Instagram.

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Artist Sculpts a Horse from Molten Glass in Under Two Minutes

In a period of about 90 seconds, this glass artist transforms a molten blob of glass into a horse using little more than a pair of huge tweezers, gravity, and a lifetime of practice. Not completely sure who the artist is, but the YouTube comments credit Francisco Lopez Serrano. (via Reddit)

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Concentrically Layered Ceramic Sculptures and Vessels by Matthew Chambers

Concentrically Layered Ceramic Sculptures and Vessels by Matthew Chambers  sculpture ceramics abstract

Concentrically Layered Ceramic Sculptures and Vessels by Matthew Chambers  sculpture ceramics abstract

Concentrically Layered Ceramic Sculptures and Vessels by Matthew Chambers  sculpture ceramics abstract

Concentrically Layered Ceramic Sculptures and Vessels by Matthew Chambers  sculpture ceramics abstract

Concentrically Layered Ceramic Sculptures and Vessels by Matthew Chambers  sculpture ceramics abstract

Concentrically Layered Ceramic Sculptures and Vessels by Matthew Chambers  sculpture ceramics abstract

Concentrically Layered Ceramic Sculptures and Vessels by Matthew Chambers  sculpture ceramics abstract

Concentrically Layered Ceramic Sculptures and Vessels by Matthew Chambers  sculpture ceramics abstract

Concentrically Layered Ceramic Sculptures and Vessels by Matthew Chambers  sculpture ceramics abstract

Concentrically Layered Ceramic Sculptures and Vessels by Matthew Chambers  sculpture ceramics abstract

Concentrically Layered Ceramic Sculptures and Vessels by Matthew Chambers  sculpture ceramics abstract

When stopping to consider these masterful ceramic objects by artist by Matthew Chambers, a flood of familiar images came to mind as I tried to understand what I was looking at. The aperture of a camera, the protective shell of a curled up armadillo, ocean waves, bowls of pasta, or portals to other dimensions; all valid reactions to these hand-built ceramic vessels and sculptures that contain dozens of thin concentric layers.

For the last 8 years Chambers has been working from a 215 square foot studio in Newport on the Isle of Wight where he creates each piece without the aid of sketches or designs, preferring to experiment as he works. Each “layer” is an individual section thrown on a potter’s wheel which he then assembles with other layers to make a solid sculpture. How something so precisely geometric can be formed from clay by hand is nothing short of astounding.

Chambers most recently had work at New Craftsman Gallery. You can also read a studio visit from Ceramic Arts Daily, and a more in-depth interview about his process on Ideas in the Making. (via Rhubarbes, Contemporist)

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Hand-Built Porcelain Sculptures by Nuala O’Donovan Mimic Fractal Patterns Found in Nature

Hand Built Porcelain Sculptures by Nuala ODonovan Mimic Fractal Patterns Found in Nature sculpture porcelain fractals ceramics

Hand Built Porcelain Sculptures by Nuala ODonovan Mimic Fractal Patterns Found in Nature sculpture porcelain fractals ceramics

Hand Built Porcelain Sculptures by Nuala ODonovan Mimic Fractal Patterns Found in Nature sculpture porcelain fractals ceramics

Hand Built Porcelain Sculptures by Nuala ODonovan Mimic Fractal Patterns Found in Nature sculpture porcelain fractals ceramics

Hand Built Porcelain Sculptures by Nuala ODonovan Mimic Fractal Patterns Found in Nature sculpture porcelain fractals ceramics

Hand Built Porcelain Sculptures by Nuala ODonovan Mimic Fractal Patterns Found in Nature sculpture porcelain fractals ceramics

Hand Built Porcelain Sculptures by Nuala ODonovan Mimic Fractal Patterns Found in Nature sculpture porcelain fractals ceramics

Irish artist Nuala O’Donovan sculpts intricate hand-built porcelain forms that resemble fractal patterns found in nature. Borrowing from shapes found in coral, teasel flowers, and pinecones, O’Donovan examines not only patterns, but irregularities that arise from random or unexpected events. From her artist statement:

The result of using the characteristics of fractal geometry in making decisions regarding the form of the sculptural pieces, is that the form is resolved but retains a sense of potential change. The viewer engages with the piece by allowing their own visual experiences to influence their view of the outcome of the form and its future possibilities. I hope that this aspect of my work also evokes the transitory quality of living organisms, combining traces of history, the present and the future, in the patterns that make up their surfaces and forms.

O’Donovan most recently exhibited with Tansey Contemporary at SOFA Chicago and has numerous exhibitions around the UK in 2015. You can see much more on her Facebook page and her website. Photos by Sylvain Deleu and Janice O’Connell. (via Juxtapoz)

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Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbee’s Life of Sculpting with Nails

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

While in college, artist John Bisbee was scavaging in an abandoned house looking for items to incorporate into a series of found-object sculptures when he kicked over a bucket of old rusty nails. To his astonishment, the nails had fused together into a bucket-shaped hunk of metal. He had an epiphany. Bisbee has since spent nearly 30 years using nails as his sole medium to create geometric sculptures, organic installations, and unwieldy objects from thousands of nails that are hammered, bent, welded, or fastened together in a seemingly limitless procession of forms. His mantra: “Only nails, always different.” He shares with American Craft, “A nail, like a line, can and will do almost anything. What can’t you draw with a line? The nail is just my line.”

Bisbee is currently an artist in residence at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and had an exhibition at Shelburne Museum earlier this year. He was recently profiled in American Craft’s Material Crush issue featuring 30 artists working in unusual mediums, almost half of which have been featured right here on Colossal. Definitely worth a look. (via American Craft)

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Emil Alzamora’s Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Artist Emil Alzamora (previously) explores the human body through his figurative sculptures that distort, inflate, elongate, and deconstruct physical forms in order to reveal emotional situations and narratives. Alzamora works with a variety of materials including bronze, gypsum, concrete, and other ceramic materials to create pieces with smooth, almost non-descript surfaces to instead draw attention to shape and scale. Born in Peru, he began sculpting in the fall of 1998 in New York at the Polich Tallix fine art foundry, and has since exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, most recently at Expo Chicago and the International Sculpture Symposium In Icheon in South Korea. You can see more of his work on Facebook and on Instagram. (via Dark Silence in Suburbia)

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