Modern Ceramics

November 20, 2013

Ceramic art is a consubstantial part of human existence.

 

Utilitarian or decorative; artisans, potters and artists have all thrown, moulded, glazed and decorated clay for more than 30,000 years.

 

Paul Gaugin defined pottery as a “central art”. From refine minimalism to defying ornamentation ceramics have been present on rituals, ceremonies and everyday life. Ceramics have also been intrinsically linked to interior decoration and in the case of modern ceramics their prominence as part of modern interior design is particularly manifest. Whether on contemporary, vintage, modernist or traditional interiors, modern ceramics bring art and add a personal touch to a sideboard, mantelpiece or bookshelf.

 

Some of them already consecrated artist such as Ai Weiwei , “whose work meditates on the necessity of clearing away the old to allow for the new” are part of interios such as Chatsworth House to great effect. He shocked the world by dipping ancient Chinese pots in industrial paint following the steps of the irreverent Duchamp when painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa.

 

It is also the case of Edmund de Wall, with his instantly recognizable ceramics and porcelain with a celadon glaze and subtle variation in tone and texture. Some os his work can be seen equally at ease in museums throughout the world as well as enriching the grand interiors of Wadesdon Manor or Chatsworth.

 

Gabriele Koch work concentrates on simple forms; “trying to integrate balance and tension, stillness and movement, expansion and the containment of volume” producing beautiful pieces to admire and grace any interior.

 

Ashley Howard is another example of remarkably fresh approach to ceramics. His approach is that “of physical expansion and openness… building and altering, making additions to the form after it has left the wheel”.

 

Ashraff Hanna line of work focuses on “the interaction between sharp and organic lines” creating subtle and/or pronounced curves that “invite the eye to engage with the sculptural aesthetics of the form”.

 

Mid-century modernist ceramics and porcelains are another good choice when it comes to decoration. The 60’s were a particularly thriving period in German ceramics. Some of them, plain white, glazed or mate, reflecting nature’s textures and geometrical shapes act as great focal point when in clusters.

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