Functional pottery inspired by the moon - absolutely beautiful contrast of texture and form.
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Using porcelain, a very traditional medium, Liu Jianhua addresses very contemporary phenomena—namely, China’s unbridled urbanization and its role as the “factory floor” of the world. Liu, who is based in Shanghai, has become well known for his scantily clad headless porcelain figures, which he often serves up on decorative plates. “Ceramics have a profound cultural connotation,” he says. “The fulfilling of material desires can never match our human spiritual world.”
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CERAMIC TOP 40 | 2013
exhibition of artists under and over age 40 currently working in ceramics
November 1 – January 25, 2014 presented by Ferrin Contemporary and Red Star Studios at Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
Ceramic Top 40 | 2013 presents art work by individual artists, collaborators, and design partners – half over and half under age 40 – drawn from the finalists of juried submissions and by invitation. These artists are currently working on the cutting edge of current processes, ideas, and presentation concepts in conceptual utilitarian and sculptural ceramics.
The exhibition emerged from the need for a fresh overview of contemporary ceramics. The increased integration of ceramic art and objects in recent exhibitions at museums and contemporary art galleries has increased media attention and awareness of the importance of the medium of clay in our time for this generation of makers and collectors.
This survey of contemporary ceramic art features the work of established masters continuing to break creative ground alongside the next generation of artists who are developing a strong root system of their own at mid career.
CERAMIC TOP 40 ARTISTS | Susan Beiner • Robin Best • Stephen Bird • Stephen Bowers • Jessica Brandl • Andy Brayman • Beth Cavener • Craig Clifford • Mark Cooper • Cristina Cordova • Guy Michael Davis (Future Retrieval) • Thomas Lowell Edwards • Michelle Erickson • Sean Erwin • Leopold Foulem • Alessandro Gallo • Misty Gamble • Gerit Grimm • Rain Harris • Giselle Hicks • Peter Christian Johnson • Brian R. Jones • Ryan LaBar • Steven Young Lee • Linda Lighton • Daniel Listwan • Roberto Lugo • Lauren Mabry • Aya Margulis (Doda Design) • Walter McConnell • Sara Moorhouse • Ron Nagle • Katie Parker (Future Retrieval) • Kate Roberts • Stephanie Rozene • Anders Ruhwald • Michael Schwegmann • Paul Scott • Richard Shaw • Adam Shiverdecker • Bobby Silverman • Linda Sormin • Shawn Spangler • Vipoo Srivilasa (The Spoon Project) • Dirk Staschke • Rae’ut Stern (Doda Design) • Emily Sudd • Tip Toland • Clare Twomey • Shaleene Valenzuela • Jason Walker
VIPOO SRIVILASA | THE SPOON PROJECT | Liz Burrit • Thomas Cheong • Naomi Clement • Jenn Demke-Lange • Jason Desnoyers • Krisaya Luenganantakul • Laura McKibbon • Noriko Masuda • Teo Huey Min • Jun Myoung • Aaron Nelson • Joshua Primmer • James Seet • Vipoo Srivilasa • Jenna Stanton