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Delicate Spikes and Lush Petals Bloom from Avital Avital’s Voluptuous Porcelain Vessels

November 15, 2022

Kate Mothes

Botanic-inspired porcelain vessels by Avital Avital.

All images © Avital Avital, shared with permission

The diverse world of plants and flowers is a source of fascination for ceramic artist Avital Avital, who crafts delicately detailed vessels from porcelain. In her studio in Ramat Gan, Israel, the artist sculpts slender petals, fragile spikes, and orbs dabbed with confectionary-like dots. She is interested in the relationship between functionality and decoration, drawing on the rich history of clay as a medium and mingling technical skill with conceptual ideas.

Inspired by nature’s boundless variety of forms and colors, her choice of material complements her subject matter: “I am interested in balancing between the delicacy of the porcelain and its strength and to use its potential transparency by sculpting colorful petals that are skin-like when directed to a source of light.”

You can find more of Avital’s work on Instagram.

 

A botanic-inspired porcelain sculpture by Avital Avital.

A botanic-inspired porcelain sculpture by Avital Avital.

A botanic-inspired porcelain sculpture by Avital Avital.

A botanic-inspired porcelain sculpture by Avital Avital.

A botanic-inspired porcelain sculpture by Avital Avital.

Botanic-inspired porcelain sculptures by Avital Avital.

A botanic-inspired porcelain sculpture by Avital Avital.

 

 

 

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Speckled, Crackled, and Kintsugi Sheets of Ceramic Cloak Lisa Agnetun’s Tiny Spirited Ghosts

November 13, 2022

Grace Ebert

A photo of miniature ceramic ghosts

All images © Lisa Agnetun, shared with permission

“They’re very much like people,” says Lisa Agnetun (previously) about her adorably spirited figures. “Except for the fact that high-fired ceramics has the ability to outlive us all. If you treat them respectfully, they will haunt you forever.”

The Gothenburg, Sweden-based ceramicist crafts tiny apparitions with endlessly unique personalities. All wear bedsheet-style disguises, although they’re crafted from different clays, fired at varying temperatures, and covered in glazes that range from matte neutral tones to sleek, vibrant speckles. The artist shares that the characters have gained weight recently and their eyes have widened, and some of the spectral forms have even been fractured and scarred with glimmering gold Kintsugi.

Agnetun plans to update her Etsy shop next on November 25, so keep an eye on her Instagram for details on that release, especially since the tiny apparitions seem to disappear within minutes.

 

A photo of miniature ceramic ghosts with Kintsugi

A photo of miniature ceramic ghosts

Four photos of miniature ceramic ghosts

A photo of miniature ceramic ghosts

A photo of miniature ceramic ghosts, some serving as vases for flowers

A photo of miniature ceramic ghosts

 

 



Art Craft Design

Color-Blocked Wall Hangings Stitch Graphic Design Principles into Quilts by Emily Van Hoff

November 10, 2022

Grace Ebert

A photo of multiple colorful quilted wall hangings

All images © Emily Van Hoff, shared with permission

Emily Van Hoff merges her background in graphic design with the practical crafting skills she picked up as a child in her vibrant wall hangings. From her home studio in Chicago, Van Hoff pays homage to women crafters of generations past as she stitches geometric quilts in bold color palettes of bubblegum pink, lavender, and cobalt. Thick stripes, bisected circles, and clean rows of stitches comprise many of the curved pieces, which the artist describes as a translation of “my digital design into a beautiful tactile object.”

Van Hoff’s vivid works sell out quickly, so keep an eye on her site and Instagram for future shop updates.

 

A photo of a colorful quilted wall hanging

A detail photo of a colorful quilted wall hanging

A photo of a colorful quilted wall hanging

A photo of a colorful quilted wall hanging

A photo of a colorful quilted wall hanging

A detail photo of a colorful quilted wall hanging

A detail photo of a colorful quilted wall hanging

A photo of a colorful quilted wall hanging

 

 



Art Craft

Delicate Crocheted Patterns Splice and Embellish Susanna Bauer’s Dried Leaf Sculptures

November 8, 2022

Grace Ebert

A photo of a stitched leaf

“Sum of the Parts” (2022), magnolia, oak, cottonwood, eucalyptus, plane tree, beech leaves, 38 x 34 centimeters. All images by Art Photographers, © Susanna Bauer, shared with permission

Vintage lace and the intricate innards of cells influence the thread components of Susanna Bauer’s crocheted works. The German artist, who lives in the U.K., stitches leaves she’s found, washed, and dried, a painstaking process made more laborious by the inherent fragility of the material. “Taking time beneath trees, gathering leaves, contemplating their shapes, imperfections, and details lies at the basis of my process. Along with this quiet gathering, stories form, dialogues between leaves emerge, reflections on time and change and interpersonal connections,” Bauer shares.

Many of the artist’s recent works are on view as part of her solo show Gathering Stories, which translates those conversations and themes into three-dimensional pieces. Similar to her earlier series, this new collection is diverse in species and crocheted patterns. In “Sum of Parts,” various segments from six different trees are spliced with natural cotton thread, while “Blossom” surrounds a single magnolia leaf with fibrous filigree.

Gathering Stories is on view through January 14, 2023, at Le Salon Vert in Carouge, Geneva. You can find more of her work on her site and Instagram.

 

A photo of four leaves with a crocheted border

“Emergence l” (2022), magnolia leaves, cotton thread, 50 x 50 x 5 centimeters

A photo of a leaf with a crocheted border

“Blossom” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 30 x 30 centimeters

A photo of three leaves with a crocheted border

“Haven” (2022), magnolia leaves, cotton thread, 42 x 47 centimeters

A photo of a leaf with a crocheted border

“Time (Spring 22)” (2022), oak leaf cotton thread, 30 x 30 centimeters

A photo of two leaves with a crocheted border

“Sharing Dreams” (2022), magnolia leaves, cotton thread, 30 x 30 centimeters

A photo of a leaf with a crocheted border

“Emergence l” (2022), magnolia leaves, cotton thread, 50 x 50 x 5 centimeters

Four photo of leaves with a crocheted details

Top left: “Thrive lll” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 30 x 22 centimeters. Top right: “Breathing lll” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 38 x 28 centimeters. Bottom left: “Symmetry” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 38 x 38 centimeters. Bottom right: “Calibration,” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 52 x 42 inches

A photo of a leaf with a crocheted center

“Ginkgo Circle lll” (2022), ginkgo leaf, cotton thread, 21 x 17 centimeters

 

 



Craft

Delicate Slivers of Air-Dry Clay Form Breezy, Idyllic Landscapes by Alisa Lariushkina

November 7, 2022

Kate Mothes

A landscape composition by Alisa Lariushkina made from pieces of air-dry clay.

All images © Alisa Lariushkina, shared with permission

One can almost feel the breeze as it swishes through grasslands and ripples streams in the swirling textures of artist Alisa Lariushkina’s bucolic landscapes. Based in Vilnius, the artist draws inspiration from earlier works or from photographs that people share with her. Composed from delicate slivers of air-dry clay, she assembles pieces that subtly shift in size and hue to reflect the sun at different times of day, meadows and flowers that sway in the wind, and the atmosphere of distant mountains. You can follow Lariushkina’s work on Instagram.

 

A landscape composition by Alisa Lariushkina made from pieces of air-dry clay.

A landscape composition by Alisa Lariushkina made from pieces of air-dry clay.  A landscape composition by Alisa Lariushkina made from pieces of air-dry clay.

A landscape composition by Alisa Lariushkina made from pieces of air-dry clay.

A detail of a landscape composition by Alisa Lariushkina made from pieces of air-dry clay.

A detail of a landscape composition by Alisa Lariushkina made from pieces of air-dry clay.

 

 



Craft

Gloopy Drips Trickle from Playful Ceramic Vessels by Philip Kupferschmidt

October 31, 2022

Grace Ebert

All images © Philip Kupferschmidt, shared with permission

Wide, playful grins and freckled snouts peek through the drippy exteriors of Philip Kupferschmidt’s ceramic vessels. The Orange County based-artist is known for his slouching vases and mugs effuse with beads of clay, which appear suspended in a liquid state as they ooze and trickle down the walls of each vessel.

After throwing on the wheel, Kupferschmidt pushes, bends, and pulls the pieces into their final amorphous forms, sometimes letting the material dry slightly first for easier manipulation. The artist then applies numerous drops and globs by hand and treats each to a meticulous glazing process he’s developed throughout his career, ensuring that no two pieces are alike.

In addition to his signature dribbled textures, collaboration is also a key part of Kupferschmidt’s practice. The expressive works with faces shown here were made with Calvin Wong, and the artist just shared a new series with Faye Hadfield. You can add some of his functional and decorative pieces to your own collection by checking out his shop and following updates on new releases on Instagram.

 

 

 

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