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Hagenclay: The Sculpture Portfolio of Erika Pazmandi Hagen

A sculoture of a female figure with a bronzed finishUntitled, ceramic with cold finish and patina

Erika Pazmandi Hagen is a ceramic artist who works under the studio name Hagenclay. In her sculptures, Erika blends human, often feminine figures with abstracted detail and an appreciation for novel texture. 

An abstracted ceramic sculpture of a figureUntitled

I quite enjoy the artist’s recent sculptural pieces, made using clay with a cold finish and patina. The resulting works have a coppery, metallic sheen, dappled with moments of deeper, rust-like weathering. These pieces carry an unexpected conceptual weight -- one gets the sense that they could have been dredged up from the ocean floor after a thousand years, revealing more mysteries than answers. 

A screen capture of Hagenclay, Erika Hagen's portfolio


Erika’s figurative sculpting is almost reminiscent of Shoko Cesar, though Erika tends to reign her works into more recognizable proportions. Still, the artist’s sculptures express not only an attention to detail, but an appreciation for the nature of clay itself, and the semi-random, accidental forms that arise in the sculpting process. 

A wheelthrown and sculpted porcelain figure#1 (from series Actors), porcelain (wheelthrown, sculpted), underglaze, engobe, oxide

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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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