Diving into the clay

Diving into the clay RSS

Kelly Kessler

...imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown [Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream]

A blog of discovering clay. A chance to explore the philosophy and practicalities of twenty-first century pots. A collection of leads for my students and myself.



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Olive oil jug, 2011 - Kelly Kessler

Flower frog vase, 2011 - Kelly Kessler

Detail, lungs flask, 2011 - Kelly Kessler

Flower frog vase, 2011 - Kelly Kessler

Detail, olive oil jug, 2011 - Kelly Kessler

Olive oil jug, "Blossom", 2011 - Kelly Kessler

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Everyday Objects Made Unusable by Giuseppe Colarusso

The very essence of functionality - the backbone of pottery, the largest concept we wrestle with as potters - is so obvious, so every day that we often fail to see it right under our noses. Brilliant potters see it clearly, feel it deeply and marry it to the character of the clay.

(Source: thecoolsumist, via jickdacco)

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Jul
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lovesouthkorea:

Unique and charming guesthouses in Ceramics Village,Yeoju Region, Gyeonggi-do Province. Icheon Ceramics Village produces traditional Korean ceramics, which are of high quality. The village became the center of traditional pottery during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) for about 500 years due to the easily obtainable materials in the areas. It is worthwhile to see the crafts of these potters known as Living Cultural Treasures of Korea for creating the highest quality handicrafts. Not only are the traditional Cheongja,Baekja, and Buncheong pottery produced here, but you can also view modern design pottery.

lovesouthkorea:

Unique and charming guesthouses in Ceramics Village,Yeoju Region, Gyeonggi-do Province. Icheon Ceramics Village produces traditional Korean ceramics, which are of high quality. The village became the center of traditional pottery during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) for about 500 years due to the easily obtainable materials in the areas. It is worthwhile to see the crafts of these potters known as Living Cultural Treasures of Korea for creating the highest quality handicrafts. Not only are the traditional Cheongja,Baekja, and Buncheong pottery produced here, but you can also view modern design pottery.

(via bpaff)

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Jul
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Nashville divers, are you getting the itch yet? Classes start in a month, registration is going on right now.

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Jul
9th
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The Gift, by Lewis Hyde

If you like to read, and you like to think, and you puzzle at the adversarial relationship between culture and commerce in these United States, please read this book. It fuels the fire in my heart to make my work, and to reconsider cultural conventions I’ve allowed to hold me back.

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Feb
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pazulama:

Evolution Door by Klemens Torggler 
via Hajohinta

Part of the work of the contemporary potter is to manage two streams. The role and influence of historical ceramics and the work of one’s contemporaries is a constant presence and a source of inspiration. On the other hand, function is always a demanding challenge: not just revisiting what has been done, but also exploring what is possible. Somewhere in the balance is the voice of the individual potter.

pazulama:

Evolution Door by Klemens Torggler 

via Hajohinta

Part of the work of the contemporary potter is to manage two streams. The role and influence of historical ceramics and the work of one’s contemporaries is a constant presence and a source of inspiration. On the other hand, function is always a demanding challenge: not just revisiting what has been done, but also exploring what is possible. Somewhere in the balance is the voice of the individual potter.

(via referenceforww2)

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Feb
5th
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centuriespast:

unknown Acoma artist (Acoma), Pot, ca. 1890

Portland Art Museum

Stormphyre caught this (and I missed it): the original caption called this a glazed pot. Instead, it is likely painted with colored slips and burnished before firing, yielding a light sheen. Most traditional pottery from the American Southwest by Native Americans has been fired without glaze.

(via 2turtlestumbling)

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Feb
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antigonefunkymonkey said: hey, is there any way i can buy something from this blog? is there any online shop??

fired-earth:

This blog (fired earth) contains work by many brilliant ceramic artists from around the world.  There is almost always a credit to the person, or else the originator of the image. With a bit of research you should be able to find the artist.  Some are available at galleries, Etsy shops, or may be available direct from the artist.  A very small portion of the work on this blog is made by me. I don’t have an Etsy shop, but I might be able to arrange sales of my work by post, or if you are in Sydney, you can see my work at a gallery here.  Please make the effort to buy handmade ceramics.  They are fabulous contemplation pieces, will give you a lifetime of beauty, and you will make a ceramic artist very happy as well.

Beautifully said, fired-earth.

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Feb
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Ancestors from halfway around the world.
fired-earth:

and-thou-said:

stephanienouveau:

Pottery workers
Bendigo pottery - Australia - 1923

Gotta love some Aussie pottery!

Is that a chamber pot on the bloke’s head?

Ancestors from halfway around the world.

fired-earth:

and-thou-said:

stephanienouveau:

Pottery workers

Bendigo pottery - Australia - 1923

Gotta love some Aussie pottery!

Is that a chamber pot on the bloke’s head?

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Jan
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apoetreflects:

Oblivion @ Work ( shot by self):

The thing about a potter is that there is no mechanised system. Every individual hand crafted pot, differs from the other, which makes each one of them a piece of art. Potters are like artists, striving to create something new and delightful with every single new creation. 
A far cry from the perfection led automated manufacturing cycle.


First week of classes at Sarratt Art Studios, an opportunity to experience the joy of working in clay.

apoetreflects:

Oblivion @ Work ( shot by self):

The thing about a potter is that there is no mechanised system. Every individual hand crafted pot, differs from the other, which makes each one of them a piece of art. Potters are like artists, striving to create something new and delightful with every single new creation. 

A far cry from the perfection led automated manufacturing cycle.

First week of classes at Sarratt Art Studios, an opportunity to experience the joy of working in clay.

(Source: shutterific, via catherine-white)

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Best pots that aren’t actually pots, #87: the marvelous cocclolithophores. Note that their exoskeletons are calcium carbonate, the mineral potters know and love as whiting.

infinity-imagined:

Coccolithophores are single celled eukaryotic phytoplankton that synthesize intricate exoskeletons from crystals of calcium carbonate.  The functions of these coccoliths are unknown, and may include buoyancy, osmotic regulation, protection from UV light, predation, or mechanical shock.  When nutrient and light conditions are optimal, coccolithophores can form massive plankton blooms that are visible from space.  Large numbers of these organisms can accumulate on the ocean floor forming chalk deposits such as the White Cliffs of Dover

(Source: ina.tmsoc.org, via fired-earth)

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Just do your work. And if the world needs your work it will come and get you. And if it doesn’t, do your work anyway. You can have fantasies about having control over the world, but I know I can barely control my kitchen sink. That is the grace I’m given. Because when one can control things, one is limited to one’s own vision.
Kiki Smith (via sircle)
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Jan
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cinoh:

Coats of some British and Icelandic sheep breeds:

Greyface Dartmoor; Cheviot; Icelandic; Beulah; Cotswold; Welsh Mountain; Suffolk; Southdown; and British Milksheep.

Specificity. Nature is a post-graduate course in the specificity of details. To settle for a symbol of what you’re trying to represent is like switching out the expression of the stranger who caught your eye across the train and smiled just a little, just one corner of the mouth, before looking away but you felt a charge, a little more human, more awake…it’s like trying to capture that with a have-a-nice-day happy face.

The flanks of these very different sheep remind me that to see, I have to look. To look, I have to not know before I start looking. Otherwise I just draw curly squiggles to represent sheep.

(Source: oakapples)

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cinoh:

varietas: thereminsoul: Δημήτρης Χαρισιάδης, Κάλυμνος, 1950
(Dimitris Harissiadis, Kalymnos, 1950)

Sea sponges are awesome tools in the studio. They are also heavily stressed species, dwindling in numbers in our overfished oceans. I personally haven’t bought a sea sponge for studio use in over twenty years. There are some impressive synthetics out there, and of course the ubiquitous godawful yellow round thing included in every beginner kit. What do you all use?

cinoh:

varietas: thereminsoul: Δημήτρης Χαρισιάδης, Κάλυμνος, 1950

(Dimitris Harissiadis, Kalymnos, 1950)

Sea sponges are awesome tools in the studio. They are also heavily stressed species, dwindling in numbers in our overfished oceans. I personally haven’t bought a sea sponge for studio use in over twenty years. There are some impressive synthetics out there, and of course the ubiquitous godawful yellow round thing included in every beginner kit. What do you all use?

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