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It’s time to put aside your traditional tea cups and saucers for a more exciting way to introduce ceramics and pottery into your life. We’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill hand-formed vessel, instead artists around the world are re-defining what pottery can be, how it should look and why it should be used. Take a look at my round-up of five noteworthy potters that will surprise you on what can be accomplished with a little clay and a lot of imagination.
Branan Mercer: Birmingham, AL
Well known in the pottery world for his minimalist cups with dripping glaze, Branan Mercer only spends about six hours a week on his pieces. He uses that time to explore form and color, all the while perfecting the technique to consistently replicate his creations.
Matthew Chambers: Isle of Wight, England
British artist Matthew Chambers constructs large spherical ceramic sculptures by layering sections of clay in a concentric pattern. Each stunning piece of pottery can take anywhere between a few hours to several weeks to complete.
Jin Eui Kim: Cardiff, United Kingdom
Originally from South Korea, Jin Eui Kim combines his passion for spatial illusions and pattern-work to design his “Opject” series. His finished work is housed in the permanent collections at The National Museum of Wales and the Manchester Art Gallery.
Matteo Cibic: Milan, Italy
Italian designer Matteo Cibic’s venture into the pottery scene actually started as a 365-day research project into the beauty of ceramics. The project, which ends December 2016, has Matteo hand-crafting one unique vase each day, all year long.
Noah Riedel: Helena, Montana
Modern pieces like the Bot Box (shown above), exemplify Noah Riedel’s distinct contemporary approach to pottery. His work is simple, refined and unlike anything out on the market today.
Could you see these pottery pieces making their way to your table? Let us know in the comments!