Ceramics I Love (Contemporary, Pt. I)

ron_nagle cindy_kolodziejski scott_rench brad_schwieger micheal_lucero
kathy_butterly leopold_foulem maren_kloppmann
andrew_martin kathryn_finnerty michael_sherrill

From top left, First row: Ron Nagle, Cindy Kolodziejski, Scott Rench, Brad Schwieger and Michael Lucero. Second row: Kathy Butterly, Leopold Foulem and Maren Kloppmann. Last row: Andrew Martin, Kathryn Finnerty and Michael Sherrill. Not pictured: Adrian Saxe.

This could also be titled, “Ceramics I Want to Own”. This is a different category from the Influence series I add to periodically (click “Influences” in the right column under “Search Past Posts by Category”). When I teach workshops and sometimes via email, I am asked about my “favorite ceramic artists”. This grouping features some of my all time favs.

I don’t consider the work of the artists pictured above —and the next couple of groupings I hope to add in future posts— influences. It’s hard to define, but I differentiate between “favorites” and “influences”. The pictured works are vessels, wall pieces and sculptures I enjoy, appreciate and just plain love (like I want them in my house, love) by artists I respect. Sometimes we like things specifically because they are different from what we make (do, or wear).

When I teach workshops and speak to my students about influences, I try to explain my realization from years ago when I learned to buy work I appreciate rather than attempt working in a style that doesn’t suit my personality. I like “minimal”, but don’t make it, so I buy Maren’s. Of course there is overlap, but generally I buy (or covet) favorites; I research and absorb influences.

I am fortunate to own work by four of the eleven pictured by purchase, trade or gift.

5 thoughts on “Ceramics I Love (Contemporary, Pt. I)

  1. Missing: Michael Kline?????

    just kidding. Got your card. Thank You!
    I love the Andrew Martin pot, I’ve loved his pots and of course drool over that “bleeding” slip. All of your images are really wonderful and I admire all of them. I didn’t know about Butterly,or Kolodziejski! My daughter loves the monkey pitcher, too.

  2. Wow, it’s amazing what some people can make out of a ball of clay! Thanks for sharing these, it’s a real eye opener into the world of ceramics.

  3. I would give my right arm for the Kathy Finnerty. Can we make wish lists? Santa, are you listening?

    Early Takeshi Yasuda, Heather Mae Erickson, and anything by Greyson Perry.

    Kristin, I already have a small one of yours.

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