Potters & Sculptors - Making Rock from Mud
In February I heard about a major ceramic studio tour in Phoenix AZ, and decided to make an overnight trip to visit the studios and to take in the ASU Ceramic Research Center Museum, with what is widely recognized as the best collection of ceramic art, from the 1950s through the present, in the United States. I was amazed by the variety and quality of the pieces on display. Photography was allowed, so I took photos of many pieces, though some were obscured by shooting through glass. Included here is a sample of the work that was out on the museum floor.
I missed the artist's name for the bomb teapots. Sandy Blaine did the vases above and is currently active in Phoenix, firing electrically to cone 6. Katheryn Sins, also from the Phoenix area does many seed pod type forms. Robert Arneson created a massive number of ceramic sculptures in the mid-late 20th century, many of them being self portraits/caricatures.
At the same time that I saw the above works from the museum's collection, there was a special show of contemporary Chinese ceramic art that was exquisite. The artists were brought over from China for the opening, and many gifted their pieces to the museum. Following are a few tasty bits of that show.
On top of the active studios that were open, each with several ceramic artists present, there were many demonstrations, and beautiful items for sale.
Websites for several of the participants:
Our new member Jon Higuchi demonstrated throwing large, bulbous forms.