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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cmog:

Specialty Glass Residency with Albert Paley

Compelling discussion of how the materials and process - steel, glass, clay [or insert your personal love here] - bring your creative ideas smack dab up against reality. And that’s where the artist’s evolution begins.

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mochilero:

Repost from @alexmatisse . True and spot on explanation. #workingartist

mochilero:

Repost from @alexmatisse . True and spot on explanation. #workingartist

(via poschee)

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Aug
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i-like-durt:

oh by the way… forgot to tell yous guys that one of my teapots was accepted into the Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition! i am very excited and honored to have a piece selected by this year’s juror, Christa Assad, as this was the first juried show that i have ever submitted to (other than shows at my university)

i-like-durt:

oh by the way… forgot to tell yous guys that one of my teapots was accepted into the Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition! i am very excited and honored to have a piece selected by this year’s juror, Christa Assad, as this was the first juried show that i have ever submitted to (other than shows at my university)

(via fired-earth)

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Aug
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art21:

"Clay is extremely elemental. … The lack of beauty in its raw state is important to me, because it gives me great freedom. Because it has no character, I can make anything. It’s just there to be invented." —Arlene Shechet

This week, we preview artist Arlene Shechet's segment in the upcoming Season 7 Secrets episode, premiering this October. Shown in this preview is the artist working with clay at her Woodstock, NY studio in early 2014.

WATCH: Preview of Arlene Shechet in Secrets

Season 7 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Secrets airs Friday, October 31, 2014.

IMAGES: Production stills from the ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century episode, Secrets, 2014. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

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Jul
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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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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
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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
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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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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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