Ceramics

Ceramic art is a form of plastic art in which the artworks are created using clay, alumina, and other ceramic materials. This broad art category includes forms of artistic poetry such as clay sculptures, figurines, tiles, and tableware. If you look at them from an archeological standpoint, ceramic artworks can be seen as artifacts or relics.

As an art form, ceramic art is part visual art, part fine art, and part plastic art. However, ceramics can also be considered applied arts, industrial, or decorative objects – especially when referring to sculpture or pottery. The art itself can be created by an individual artist or a group of people.

Fumiko Hori - Utopia, 2014, 4,5 x 5,5 meter, ceramic relief, installation view, International Lobby on 1st Floor of Terminal Building, Fukushima Airport, Japan feat

At age 95, Fumiko Hori created this mural for the Fukushima Airport

Fumiko Hori supervised the installation of the mural herself, quite an impressive feat for a woman aged 95 at the time. The giant relief wall was based on Hori’s original painting at the CREARE Atami-Yugawara Studio. The relief carving at the airport helps to create an illusion of depth on an otherwise shallow surface. …

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Katsuhiro Otomo - Kinka Doji Riding the Waves Accompanied by Fujin and Raijin, 2015, ceramic relief, 8.7 x 2.8 meter, installation view, Sendai Airport, Japan feat

Katsuhiro Otomo at the Sendai Airport – Riding the Waves

Katsuhiro Otomo’s relief Katsuhiro Otomo, the creator of Akira, the 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film, is one of the most well-known manga artists, animators, screenwriters, and film directors in the world. Though he is best known for his manga series and film adaptations, Otomo crossed over into the sculpture world when he was asked …

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The 10 best works of Shanghai’s West Bund Art Fair 2019

West Bund Art & Design West Bund Art & Design fair shows modern and contemporary art in Shanghai. Well-known local artist Zhou Tiehai, previously director of the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai, established it in 2014. Now, West Bund is one of the major Asian fairs, hosting more than 100 galleries from Asia, Europe, and …

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Yeesookyung’s ceramic vases: Imperfection & surprising results

Yeesookyung is a South Korean artist living in Seoul. She is known for her complex and enchanting ceramic designs and sculptures. Like many of her works, the Translated series series is made up of shards and fragments of broken ceramic pieces that are carefully pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. Yeesookyung created her Translated …

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Joan Miró’s most impressive ceramics & murals

Throughout his career, Joan Miró created numerous notable artworks that earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He was never the one to play by the book and by rubbing shoulders with the most famous creatives of his generation; Miró was open to the influence of any works of art, movement, manifestos, and schools. Nevertheless, his …

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Isamu Noguchi - Horace Dodge Fountain – Hart Plaza, Detroit, Michigan feat

Why are Isamu Noguchi’s sculptures & furniture pieces so influential?

A walk through Japan reveals the close correlation between nature and aesthetics. Amid the natural setup are works of art that remind everyone about the history, beliefs and affiliations of the Japanese people. The modern art concept of creating spectacular pieces to create an art park is becoming rather common owing to the pioneering …

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Yoshitomo Nara’s paintings & drawings: Cute or dark and frightening?

Yoshitomo Nara’s biography Yoshitomo Nara was born in Hirosaki, Japan, in 1959 and is a Japanese artist whose work has been exhibited around the world. He lives and works in Tokyo, and Japanese popular culture plays an influential role in his world. Nara studied at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, receiving …

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