Valentina Zlatarova – Artist Profile

Valentina Zlatarova is a classically-trained sculptor working extensively in clay (although her work spans other media). What strikes me about Valentina’s work is the raw power of material coupled with the discipline of form. I’ve tried to present some close-up photos of several pieces so you can see the former, backing off a bit soContinue reading “Valentina Zlatarova – Artist Profile”

Sasanian Incantation Bowls

Love at first sight? Yes. This particular ceramic bowl, currently in the collection of the British Museum, captivated me from day one. It’s unbalanced and awkwardly formed. It’s not colorful or elaborately decorated. It doesn’t display “fine craftsmanship.” It’s imperfect. It’s gorgeous. A Google Arts & Culture article tells us: “This is one of manyContinue reading “Sasanian Incantation Bowls”

Tip Toland – Artist Portrait

Tip Toland is a widely respected (and widely collected) ceramic sculptor who creates life-sized or larger portraits, many with some autobiographical elements. She is drawn to the uniqueness of human personality and expression. Her work draws you into a world quite unlike that of most creative artists. I’m strongly reminded of Roman Republican period marbleContinue reading “Tip Toland – Artist Portrait”

Roberto Lugo (NYTimes Article)

I found this article on Roberto Lugo in the New York Times this morning. I think it’s well done and covers his work well, including some videos of Roberto throwing some pots. I’m not certain this will work as an insert into this blog because I’m accessing the article through my subscription. But it’s worthContinue reading “Roberto Lugo (NYTimes Article)”

Mudéjar Ceramic Tiles

After the reconquest of Toledo, Spain in 1085 CE, there were many Muslim people still living in the region under Christian rule. These people were called Mudéjar. Mudéjar artisans were employed to build and decorate new Christian churches erected in southern Spain, and they utilized their tradition of elaborate pattern-making and ceramic tilework in theContinue reading “Mudéjar Ceramic Tiles”

Clay Used in Archaeological Conservation (Volubilis, Morocco)

I’ve always been an admirer of ancient mosaics found throughout much of the ancient Roman and Byzantine world. Although mainly constructed out of small pieces of stone, at times ceramic pieces and glass pieces were included in the mosaic construction. I stumbled onto a video showing the conservation of mosaics at the Roman site ofContinue reading “Clay Used in Archaeological Conservation (Volubilis, Morocco)”

Ceramic Tiles at LaGuardia Airport

I recently passed through LaGuardia airport in New York and couldn’t help but notice the huge installation of ceramic tiles in Terminal B. The tiles cover over 25,000 sq. ft. of wall space. What a wonderful greeting for ceramic lovers the world over! The work is a tile mosaic designed by painter Laura Owens, featuringContinue reading “Ceramic Tiles at LaGuardia Airport”

Margaret Bohls – Artist Profile

Margaret Bohls is an innovative ceramics educator and artist. Her work reflects her deep interest in form as it has been interpreted through history. Margaret teaches in the Ceramics Department at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NB. I spoke with her about her academic activities as well as her personal work. I was particularlyContinue reading “Margaret Bohls – Artist Profile”