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Strong Planes: Art by Dick Roberts

An abstract oil painting with blue and white huesTime Flies, oil and mixed media on canvas

Dick Roberts is a painter and ceramic artist who works in abstraction, creating smooth, blended images with strong planes of primary and secondary color. In his most recent paintings, Dick has focused on a simple, streamlined style of abstraction with a focus on the texture and materiality of paint.

A painting using deep blue tones and accentsBlue July, oil and mixed media on canvas

I really enjoy the works in Dick’s current painting…

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Uniquely Organic: Ceramic Works by Bent Oaks Pottery

A tall sculptural vaseUntitled

Working under his studio name, Bent Oaks Pottery, Danny Young creates uniquely organic ceramic artworks. Bent Oaks’ ceramic works include purely sculptural items as well as vessels and household objects.

A vase with crossed darkened linesUntitled


In our previous feature of Danny’s invitingly tactile ceramics, we looked at how the artist utilizes organic-looking forms and color schemes to lend a natural look to his pottery works. The artist seems to…

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Studio Sunday: Betty Woodman

A photo of Betty Woodman at work in her studio


This Sunday, let’s take a look inside the studio of Betty Woodman. Born in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1930, Woodman was a ceramic artist who was known for her wild, sculptural ceramic works that combined cubist and abstract expressionism aesthetics, sometimes borrowing forms from mass-produced, household ceramic objects, and sometimes juxtaposed with paintings.


Woodman’s studio, pictured above, looks cool and pleasantly…

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Unique, Handmade Ceramics: Crain Art Studio

A ceramic box adorned with bright colors and patternsTall Tree Box

Cathy Crain, along with her daughter Carie and granddaughter Sharae, create work under the umbrella of Crain Art Studio. With a focus on unique, handmade ceramics, Crain produces custom works at the request of customers, as well as original, personal artworks.

A photo of two ceramic horsesPaint Horses - small, hand-sculted, Raku-fired clay


I’m quite taken by the overall aesthetic of the Crains ceramic works. While the trio does produce vessels and…

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Invisible Patterns: Art by Ikuko Iwamoto

A set of three large sake jugsLarge Sake Jug

Ikuko Iwamoto is a U.K.-based ceramics artist who uses her craft to explore the microscopic and invisible patterns of organic forms. Ikuko’s works often feature a very subdued color palette, and oscillate between perfectly formed repeating patterns, and distorted, plant-like shapes.

A set of ceramic vases with contrasting texturesMococo vase set


Ikuko’s ceramic works have a wonderful sense of tactility to them – the artist uses many different techniques to…

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Handmade Vessels: Art by Goertzen Pottery

A wood fired ceramic vessel with matching bowlsUntitled

Goertzen Pottery is a pottery studio based in Goshen, Indiana. The studio specializes in earth-toned, handmade vessels for use in the home.

A photo of two wood-fired clay vesselsUntitled


I really enjoy the look of the items on the Goertzen Pottery website. Each vessel seems very unique, and tactile – even seen through a computer screen. Deep earthy oranges and browns make up the bulk of the pottery studio’s color palette, lending many of the vessels a warm…

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Hagenclay: Ceramic art by Erika Pazmandi Hagen

A sculpted vase encircled by female figuresMe and my girls

Erika Pazmandi Hagen grew up in Hungary and later moved to California, where she now lives and works. A self-taught ceramic artist, Erika creates highly detailed works -- under the moniker Hagenclay -- in which tiny ceramic figures interact with, and become part of, household vessels.

A handmade vase shaped like a tree trunkUntitled


I find the works in Erika’s gallery of vases really interesting. It seems that the nature of this type of vessel allows the…

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Headlines: Ceramics, Social Media, 2018

1) Ceramicist Betty Woodman Dies at 87

A 2006 retrospective of Betty Woodman's artwork at MoMA


Beloved ceramicist Betty Woodman passed away on Wednesday at the age of 87. Woodman was born in Connecticut and began working with ceramic as an art medium at the age of 16. Early in her career, the artist worked professionally as a ceramicist, creating functional objects, but after travelling to Italy in the early 50’s, Woodman started experimenting with the aesthetic possibilities of the…

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Realistic Yet Surreal: Sculpture by Matthew Dercole

A sculpture of some avocados filled with earthwormstwo and a half avocadoes in a generic white bowl with raised designs, stoneware, underglaze, polymer clay, ink, resin

Matthew Dercole is a ceramic artist and sculptor who works on a small scale, creating realistic yet surreal models of a wide range of subjects. Matthew has studied and honed his craft at institutions throughout the eastern United States, and is currently teaching at the Hartford Art School in West Hartford, Connecticut.…

A sculpture of a cake slice with earthworms throughout

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Smooth Curvature: Ceramic Art by Elaine Clapper

A photo of a set of ceramic piecesblue creamer and sugar bowls

Today’s featured artist is ceramicist Elaine Clapper. Elaine’s ceramic practice is centered around vessels and other household objects, including bowls, jars, cups, and plates made with smooth curvature and earth-toned glazes.

A ceramic bowl with a sculpted leaf detailRed bowl w leaf


I enjoy the manner in which Elaine subtly introduces textural and sculptural elements into her ceramic objects. On some jars and cups, the exterior surface is…

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Surreal Masks: Ceramic Sculpture by Johnson Tsang

A wall-hanging sculpture of a face by Johnson TsangOpen Mind II

Sculptor Johnson Tsang deals with distorted versions of the human form, creating incredibly detailed yet surreal masks and bodily figures in ceramic. Tsang frequently employs childlike figures with cartoonishly large heads that tend to produce a sense of unease in the viewer.


A distorted face ceramic sculptureOpen Mind IV


Tsang exhibits an amazing level of control over his medium. His ceramic faces are generally pale, and sculpted with a sense of…

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Colorful Works of Functional Art: Ceramics by Jack Caselles


A selection of gold and blue glazed ceramic cups

Gold blue cups


Jack Caselles, a.k.a. Cactus Jack, is a ceramic artist. After working for NASA in aerospace and aeronautics, Jack turned to the field of education, and has been teaching numerous subjects including ceramics for over 3 decades. In his own practice, Jack creates colorful works of functional art.


A unique vase made with a ceramic crackling effectCrackle FC Globe


Jack’s ceramic works are often quite bright and colorful. The artist uses many different glazing…

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Santa Clara Pueblo Ceramics by Madeline E. Naranjo

A ceramic work in natural red clay with lizard carvingsLizards holding hands

Madeline E. Naranjo is an artist based in Espanola, New Mexico. Specializing in pottery, Madeline creates stunning, sleek Santa Clara Pueblo ceramics.


A black clay pot with a parrot carved into itParrots (another view)

I love the simple, earthy colors that Madeline uses for the basis of her pots. Patterns and visual details are created by carving directly into the surface of dried pots, prior to glazing and firing. The resulting pots feature deep, carved…

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Entropy and Imperfection: Ceramics by Taryn Porter

A photo of three handmade ceramic bowlsUschi bowls

Ceramics artist Taryn Porter creates works of both conceptual and functional ceramics, addressing themes of entropy and imperfection. Taryn’s portfolio showcases a variety of techniques, as well as some experimentation with photography.


A handmade cup with earthy glazesCup 1


In our last feature of Taryn’s work we looked at the artist’s ceramic sculptures, such as Degradation, where the slow breakdown of unfired clay by water is explored with a…

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Earthy, Sculpted Vessels by Vicky Smith

A photo of two fish-shaped sculpted vasesTwo Fish

Vicky Smith taught ceramics at UNCW for over 10 years, and now maintains a ceramics practice out of her own studio in Greene County, NC. Working in clay, she creates earthy, sculpted vessels, as well as textured wall art pieces.


A photo of a ceramic bowl with a sculpted bird on either sideWood Fired Turquiose Birds

The style with which Vicky creates her ceramic vessels seems to reference ancient clay work. The details of each piece display a heavy touch of the artist’s hand, with a…

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