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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 most possible room for experimentation with form and figure. Some of the works in this gallery are fairly straightforward vases with minimal embellishment, while others seem to be sculptural first and foremost. I especially enjoy the series of vases that are sculpted to look like tree trunks – they’re technically well-executed, and the plant-like look and feel would make a lovely foil for flowers.

A screen capture of Erika Hagen's ceramic websiteErika's portfolio website,


Erika’s teapots, too, turn a recognizable ceramic shape into a grounding form for small sculptural moments – in the case of her teapots, each pot is topped with tiny houses, as if a small village has sprung up on top of the vessel.

A teapot with a tiny village sculpted on topMy village

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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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