MOVEMENT SCULPTURES BY RACHEL KNEEBONE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rachel Kneebone’s intricate works address and question the human condition: renewal, transformation, life cycles and the experience of inhabiting the body. Kneebone’s sculptures operate in a near-subliminal space, oscillating and blurring the boundaries between the conscious and the subconscious, the real and the imagined, everything and nothing.

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Working in porcelain, the material properties of her work further heighten and convey an awareness of opposing states, appearing to be not only heavy, solid and strong but also light, fragmentary and soft. This fluid movement between states is reflective of the wide range of art historical and literary sources that inform the artist’s practice.

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IDEALIZED FEMININITY BY JESSICA STOLLER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jessica Stoller uses clay and the grotesque as a vehicle to explore the constructed world of idealized femininity, gathering imagery across cultural lines and histories. The clay is sculpted, draped, carved, woven, and piped to create a wide range of bewildering effects. Porcelain is her primary medium, a historically weighted material that is intrinsically linked to notions of desire, mystery, and consumption.

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BOTANICAL SCULPTURES BY HITOMI HOSONO

by Ariadna Zierold

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UK based Hitomi Hosono is a ceramic sculptor who studied pottery in Kanazawa, Japan and Copenhagen, Denmark. Ever since then she’s studied the botanical forms of leaves and flowers she found in her garden. She allows herself to be consumed by the legion of small, intricate details present in every leaf.

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Often monochromatic, the works are focused on carved detail rather than color—repetition of form making each piece uniquely beautiful. The level of detail she’s able to wrestle from her porcelain sculptures is astounding. Every fragment of her botanical-inspired forms screams with intention, whether it’s in the finely-chiseled and painstakingly-researched anatomy of the plant or the mesmerizing colors of her glazes, which make the forms look equally organic whether they’re in cream and orange or black.

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HUMAN INTERACTION WITH NATURE BY CRYSTAL MOREY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Crystal Morey (previously featured here) takes inspirations from an alternative upbringing where she closely connected with the natural landscape around her. Living in rural Northern California shaped her perspective on nature and how humans interact with land, animals and each other.

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Now living in an urban environment, Morey aims to show our relationship to the world around us through the fragile medium of porcelain. With this delicate material she creates a heightened sense of urgency and stress, commenting on our human evolutionary path.

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GROTESQUE CERAMIC FIGURES BY JASON BRIGGS

by Ariadna Zierold

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American artist Jason Briggs creates bizarre ceramic sculptures. The pieces are white skin toned and covered in hair; part of his works appear to be human skin while other portions are distinctly man-made forms like upholstery. Made of porcelain, hair and steel, his handbuilt sculptures seem to resemble the human body in an abstract way with strong sexual references. Despite their grotesque forms, each piece has an endearing name such as ‘Angel’ and ‘Baby’.

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“It’s up to you to label them: sculpture, fine art, fine craft, ceramic sculpture, figurative, abstract, surrealism, eroticism, non-traditional, biological, fucked-up, pornographic or, worst of all, decorative.” Jason Briggs

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Though his objects contain strong visual references, he is more interested in the implied tactile ones; the things that stir in him a compulsion to touch.  Beyond other external inspiration lies this basic, primal impulse. He recognizes – and acst upon – a profound desire to push, poke, squeeze, stroke, caress, and pinch. Briggs intends for his pieces to invoke a similar sort of temptation.

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WILD PORCELAIN BUSTS BY JULIETTE CLOVIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Influenced in her earlier works by Pop Art and more recently by contemporary photography, French plastic artist Juliette Clovis produces hybrid works that merge nature, history, and myth with the female form, covering porcelain busts in wildlife, flora, and spikes.

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Her additions are either painted on or applied to mask the face, obscuring features like abnormal growths. She draws inspiration from a combination of mythological, historic and religious references as well as other ethnic codes to produce her feminine creations. These ambiguous females question the power that is split between humans and nature, toeing a line between being gentle and unnerving.

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KINGDOM OF CERAMICS BY VIPOO SRIVILASA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Vipoo Srivilasa works predominantly in ceramics. He uses porcelain clay to hand build his work, then he paints over it with cobalt oxide to obtain the blue color. The last step of this process consists of firing the work at 1200°C. According to the artist, his work is saturated with symbols taken from different religions, although it’s not meant to evoke religion itself, but rather to reinvent certain religious images.

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Srivilasa’s work also explores the commonalities between Thai and Australian culture and Eastern and Western culture, where he uses blue and white as a reference to the export of blue and white porcelain from China to Europe. While being fully aware of his heritage, Srivilasa has been mixing up echoes from the past with traces of the present in a carefully arranged juxtaposition of old and new ways of thinking.

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THE INTRICATE PORCELAIN SCULPTURES OF KATSUYO AOKI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Katsuyo Aoki is best known for her intricate, pure white porcelain skulls. Her latest sculptures are decorated with colorful designs, some of which are now on display in “The Colors of Globalization” at Bernardaud Foundation in Paris.

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It was Victorian England that kicked off the trade of blue and white porcelain originally. Aoki’s palette draws upon this time period, which dates back to 18th century designs that imitated Chinese porcelain. The skull takes on a new form in her new pieces, such as “Trolldom,” one her largest works to date measuring at 6ft tall. Here, she borrows inspiration from the Norse folk magic tradition of the same name, in a continuation of her mythical themes. The decorative style in which the piece is crafted alludes to that of a religious relic, while also making its macabre details more refined.

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ART DECÒ WATER TOWER VASES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Italian designer Michael Breschi (1984) studied Industrial Design at Florence University and graduated in 2010. He founded his own studio, Gentle Giants, in 2012. The studio works on a diverse range of projects exploring the fluid borders between art and design. As his website suggests, Breschi is something of a romantic.

“Pleasure to me is wonder: the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.”

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This is a good description of the elegant series of water tower vases that Breschi began after meeting the owner of a porcelain company. He was invited to learn the techniques of ceramic-making first hand. He spent eight months using the company’s facilities to perfect his craft.

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While industrial towers and vases share similar water-storing properties, the decision to create vases actually came from Breschi’s experiments with porcelain.

“At the beginning I wanted to do some sculptures, art objects; then when I began to understand the work techniques of china, and the propensity of this material to make hollow objects, I decided to make vases.”

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Taking their shape from Art Decò water and gas towers, the Industry Collection brings a highly finished retro work to any space. Hand crafted in Jingdezhen, the preeminent city for ceramic works, the pieces achieve aesthetic excellence while paying homage to the German photographers Brend and Hilla Becher from whose works the vases were modeled.  Each item in the series sits atop a gold plated, metal base.

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