Sharon Brill – An Expression of Beauty

Many centuries ago when I was in high school art classes were something you did as a distraction from what you were really there to learn; math, english, gym, social studies and all that other stuff. So when I came home from school one day all excited and told my parents that my art teacher had encouraged me to attend art school after graduation they were not very happy about it. I don’t blame them though. They were busy keeping the 7 of us clothed, fed and housed then and I can understand they were worried about the prospect of my ability to make a living as an artist. I didn’t go to art school in the end. I became a registered nurse instead and hated every minute of it.

Sharon Brill on the other hand attended the Neri Bloomfield Academy of Design and Education. After working as a graphic designer for 10 years (1996-2006) she says she returned to her old love, ceramics. Most recently she attended Skidmore College in New York (2009-2011). And now she makes beautiful, flowing porcelain sculptures that you feel you could dive into.

She says her work is ‘an exploration, a quest that combines spontaneous, intuitive work with meticulous accurate esthetics as an expression of beauty. Sometimes I feel like an archeologist, gently removing layers, peeling and exposing the hidden worlds waiting patiently, desiring to reveal themselves’.

‘The artworks created are abstract organic sculptural shapes. Their scale varies and some can be held in your hand and observed from any angle. The lines and movement lead the eye around the shape into it and all through it.’

Check out her website here to see more.

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Untitled 4. Wheel thrown and altered porcelain
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CONCH 22, 2012. Wheel thrown and altered porcelain
 
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CONCH 23, 2012.‏ Wheel thrown and altered porcelain 
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Conch 26, 2012. Wheel thrown and altered porcelain

Cheryl Ann Thomas : Fragility and Chance

Oh man! Yet another ceramics artist; this time American Cheryl Ann Thomas who graduated from the Art Centre College of Design in California with a BFA in 1982. I have to admit I came across her work this morning on Instagram and thought I was looking at a cleverly suspended pile of linen. I had no idea it was actually porcelain!

Thomas has been working with this material for at least 16 years and says it all began with a question…

How thin and how tall can I make a column using the coiling method and what will the results be?” I found that the columns were too thin and too tall to hold their form and would collapse during the firing. I chose to limit my colors to black, white and gray.

Five years later, another question arose, “What will happen if I combine two or more fired columns and re-fire them?” I found that the forms would continue to reshape and enfold one another.

In another five years the next question arose. “What will happen if I add white to my black clay.” I assumed I would get another variety of gray. Instead, I got blue. Then I wondered what other colors I could develop.

I assumed that my investigation of process would not be personal but merely academic. In hindsight, I realize the purely objective pursuit is impossible. Looking at my work as it surrounds me in the studio, I learn that I an drawn to fragility, accident or chance and reconciliation. The intuitive grows stronger as I continue my exploration’.

Just look at what a curious, creative and persistent maker can do. Such an inspiration for someone like me who gives up after the first failure 🙂

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Relics 6, 7  (hand-coiled porcelain) 2002
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Relic 17, (hand-coiled porcelain) 2002
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Blue Tower, (hand-coiled porcelain) 2014
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Winged (hand-coiled porcelain) 2014-15
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Shadow (hand-coiled porcelain) 2016-17
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Spring 2 (hand-coiled porcelain) 2016-17

Patricia Gallucci

Patricia Gallucci has explored many creative pursuits over the years. From an early age she played with clay and fabric ‘My hands filled with clay and oil mixed between plasticine and vinegar dough, salt and tempera‘. As an adult she studied industrial design, clothing design, photography, stoneware pottery, pastry making and porcelain, product design and production management in apparel. All this before studying contemporary jewellery from 2008 to 2012. And just loooook at what she’s made since then…

p.s. I had a difficult time limiting the number of images for this post but if you’d like to see more you can follow her on Instagram here.

 

 

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Aros “Alcornoque”
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Aros earrings
Brooch #1
Brooch #1
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Porcelain collar
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Collar Ovalo Interiores

 

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“Serve” ring, silver and industrial waste (cork)
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Manga earrings, porcelain and silver
Ring Grace and edu Cork bronze
Ring Grace and edu cork, bronze

 

Katherine Wheeler

Castlemaine is a rural town in central Victoria, Australia and it’s home to today’s maker, Katherine Wheeler. With a Diploma of Fine Arts from RMIT (2003) and a bachelor of Fine Arts, Gold and silversmithing at RMIT (2007) works in precious metal, thread and porcelain. I love the otherworldliness of her pieces with their sea creature-like legs and tentacles (I’m pretty sure they must come alive at night in gallery display cases). And her porcelain pieces are nice as well. You can find out more about this maker here or check out her Instagram profile here.

Urchin Ring
Urchin Ring
Urchin Bangle (2007)
Urchin Bangle, 2007
Vessel (part teaset, 2012)
Vessel (part teaset, 2012)
Bowl (part of teaset 2012)
Bowl (part of teaset, 2012)
Container Rings, 2011
Container Rings
Rock Coral Bangle Stack, 2011
Rock Coral Bangle Stack, 2011
Pierced tea lites, 2011
Pierced Tea Lites, 2011
Porcelain and Thread Vessels, 2012
Porcelain and Thread Vessels, 2012