Functional Ceramics in Magna Grecia

My wife and I have been traveling in Sicily and Puglia for a month. In Palermo’s Archaeology Museum we found an interesting exhibit of rooftop ceramics from ancient temples. These ceramic pieces worked to funnel water off the temple roofs – not an insignificant consideration since standing water on these large temple roofs would beContinue reading “Functional Ceramics in Magna Grecia”

Ceramics at Casa Coseni, Taormina

Robert Hawthorn Kitson was a wealthy British aristocrat who relocated to the small town of Taormina, Sicily, in the early 1900s to find refuge from persecution for his homosexuality. Kitson lived for many years at Casa Coseni, surrounding himself with prominent artists and writers of the time who would visit and sometimes stay for extendedContinue reading “Ceramics at Casa Coseni, Taormina”

Maria Diletta Rondoni – Artist Profile

Maria Diletta Rondoni is an Italian artist based in Umbria. She originally studied painting and has since worked with a wide variety of materials including glass, stained glass, jewelry, metal and ceramics. I certainly see references to jewelry-making in Diletta’s intricate, delicate ceramic forms. I also detect strong connections to nature and organic forms inContinue reading “Maria Diletta Rondoni – Artist Profile”

CoorsTek – Engineered Ceramics

CoorsTek is a Colorado company established in 1910 by an Austrian immigrant John Herald, with financial backing by Adolf Coors, founder of Coors brewery. Originally, the Herald China and Pottery Company produced ceramic artware using clay mined near the Coors brewery in Golden, Colorado. At the request of the local Colorado School of Mines, theContinue reading “CoorsTek – Engineered Ceramics”

Thomas Schmidt – Artist Profile

Thomas Schmidt is a professor and artist, interested in 3D modeling and fabrication involving ceramics. I’ll let him describe his academic role and explain more about what’s happening in the academic world. He also took some time to explain the evolution of his artistic interests and his experiments with qualities and attributes of clay. JW:Continue reading “Thomas Schmidt – Artist Profile”

Face Jugs from the 1800s

Stoneware “face jugs” were made by African slaves and freedmen in the area around the Edgefield District of South Carolina. Production seemed to have begun prior to the American civil war (1861-1864), perhaps back to the early 1800s. There are collections of these face jugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York asContinue reading “Face Jugs from the 1800s”

Immaterial: Clay (Podcast)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a new podcast called Immaterial. The Met explains the podcast this way: “Immaterial examines the materials of art and what they can reveal about history, humanity, and the world at large.” The most recent podcast is entitled “Clay”. I’ve listened to the episodes on paper, concrete and now clay.Continue reading “Immaterial: Clay (Podcast)”

Chris Alveshere – Artist Profile

Chris Alveshere is an interesting ceramic artist in that his work is highly focused on color and color combinations, which I do not often find. I spoke with Chris about the progression of his work and how color has come to be so central to his creative vision. Interestingly, Chris mentions multiple sources that influenceContinue reading “Chris Alveshere – Artist Profile”

Curtis Benzle – Artist Profile

Curtis Benzle has focused on the interplay between porcelain and light for most of his adult life. His porcelain pieces, carefully constructed in a methodical way, reveal themselves when light is shown through the thin, translucent material. Read about Curtis’ creative process and inspiration in his answers to questions I posed. JW: How has yourContinue reading “Curtis Benzle – Artist Profile”