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Earthy Glazes: Ceramic Art by Elaine Clapper


A blue and brown chip handmade chip and salsa platterChip and Salsa Platter

Today’s featured artist is Elaine Clapper, a ceramic artist from Bellville, Ohio. Elaine’s ceramics are multicoloured, with earthy glazes blending into each other and creating a pigment that seems to shift as the piece is viewed from different angles.

 

A tall vase with an earthy red glazeRed Vase

A screen capture of Elaine Clapper's online ceramics galleryElaine's gallery of works

Elaine’s works feature a combination of beauty and practicality, with flat bowls, plates and various tall water-carrying vessels featuring prominently as her favourite forms. In recent works, Elaine has been using red pigments and glazes, creating vases and plates that are wonderfully warm in colour. I enjoy the slightly subdued tones that the artist tends to use – they really let the simple and elegant shapes of her vessels shine through.

 

In a number of her previous ceramic artworks, Elaine used a blue glaze. In combination with the earthy brown of the fired clay, the blue lends these works an aged quality, making them seem like ancient vessels found in archaeological dig. 

 

A four piece dinnerware set with a blue and brown colour schemeDinnerware Place Setting


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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