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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 scored with a curving pattern that doesn’t interfere a great deal with the color or pattern of the glaze, but adds a great tactile element that invites the viewer to handle and use the object.

A screen capture of Elaine Clapper's art websiteElaine's ceramic art website


In our previous feature of Elaine’s work we looked at her earthy glazes, an aesthetic that the artist continues to hold to throughout her portfolio. Vessels in Elaine’s gallery are coated in sumptuous glazes in deep tones, with chocolate browns that would be ideal for serving food, as well as blues and greens that look like uncut gemstones.

A photo of a handmade red casserole dishred casserole w leaf

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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