Admiring the hand made ceramics created by British designer Tracy Wilkinson. Currently living in Los Angeles, Tracy is the founder of TW Workshop that carries a collection of ceramics, one of a kind furniture, home accessories, and soft cotton t shirts. On an interview with A Piece Apart she talks about her inspiration and her list of rules:
“It’s hard to pinpoint unusual sources because I am always looking at everything and not always connecting how that inspiration will come out in my work. I work with natural materials, and the forms I make are quite organic so most of my inspiration comes from the natural world. On the flipside of that I am also inspired by large industrial machinery, like the machines used in a quarry and hugely inspired by NASA and space rockets.”
“I don’t have a ton of rules, because I would always break them. I have a few I try to keep: Be creative every day, hug my dogs as much as possible, be kind to myself and others, dance as much as possible, don’t be ashamed of watching the telly, keep a tidy workspace, pick funny people as friends and make lists.”
You can see more of her work and purchase her items in her website.
Images: Courtesy of Tracy Wilkinson.
We’ve featured the work of Harriet Damave on our older blog site but we feel her work is always worth a revisit. The Amsterdam-based artist is actually an illustrator very adept in water coloring. She has integrated that talent painting cobalt oxide on half baked porcelain and producing a line of Delftware jewelry, wall hangings, and ornaments. On the website Demilked.com she says this about her work:
“My ceramic work was born because I had gotten completely stuck — like I think everybody has at one stage in their creative career. I was illustrating for a living, mostly school books, and living in Spain; at one point I couldn’t seem to draw anymore, and I thought, maybe with a trick I can get myself painting and drawing again,” she explains.
“I decided to try to take away the ambition of making something purely artistic and instead focus on making something useful, like a cup or a plate. That lowered the pressure for me, and it’s kept me going and painting — and playing, also. Then I found the joy again, the joy of the craft.”
You can see more of her work on her website and Facebook. Some of her pieces are sold on her Etsy shop, Harriet’s Blue and White.
Images: Courtesy of Harriet Damave.
These elegant stoneware are the works of Japanese ceramist, Sakiyama Takayuki. The artist graduated from Osaka Art College and set up a studio and built a special kiln on the west coast of Japan. On Beautiful People Liveart he says this about his work:
“All of my work is inspired by the sea, especially the natural curve created by the waves. When I was in junior high school I knew I had to find a way to be an artist and live by the sea. For three years after graduating from Osaka Art University, I traveled throughout Japan looking for an inspiring ocean view to set up my studio. I found that ideal spot on the west coast of the Izu Peninsula”.
The artist does not currently have a website but you can see more of his work at Mirviss Gallery.
Images: Courtesy of Sakiyama Takayuki.