Yokufashi Drawer is the brand name for this charming line of ceramic brooches.Â The brand name refers to a drawer that is full of finished products after working late at night. The brooch is made by pressing a handmade eraser stamp into clay.Â The silhouette of flowers are then painted giving the piece an old world quality. Â
You can follow this brand on Instagram.Â Their shop is located on Japanese sites, Minne and Creema.
Images: Courtesy of Yokufashi Drawer.
Christopher David White is a trompe lâ€™oeil sculptor whose works are handmade predominantly from clay and rendered with acute attention to detail, often resembling decaying pieces of wood, rusted metal, and other objects in various stages of deterioration.Â Most of his work sticks to an earthy color palette of browns, rustic oranges, yellows, and gray concrete tones, though a seemingly out-of-place splash of color will make an appearance every now and then. He began his career in the arts through drawing and painting. It wasnâ€™t until 2008 when he started to work heavily with clay, and received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Indiana University in 2012. He went on to receive his Masters of Fine Arts in Clay from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015.Â He says this about his work:
â€œThere is a peace that can be found in even the simplest things. Ordinary elements within our environments offer both visual and physical reminders of our connection with nature. I am inspired by the small, overlooked aspects of our environment, finding enjoyment in the unexpected discoveries that come from simply being observant of the minutia and incorporating those mundane forms into my work. Crumbling Brick, rusting metal, and rotting wood become sources of inspiration. In my observations I also see similarities between the processes that occur in nature and those that drive us. By combining both man-made and natural elements within my work I hope to highlight the fact that we are not separate from nature but are, in fact, part of it.â€
More of his work can be viewed on his website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Christopher David White.
Sakai Mika is a Japanese ceramic artist, practicing the ancient Japanese technique of Nerikomi.Â It is a style of pottery in which the clay is tinted, layered in precise ways, and sliced to form a slab which is pressed into or onto a mold.Â The workâ€™s color and decoration are created by the patterned clay rather than by a glaze or surface technique.The completed pottery will have the same pattern on its exterior and its interior.
The artist began her career in the Arts by studying fashion in Tokyo.Â After she graduated she took her first ceramics course then went on to apprentice for two years under one of Japan’s foremost practitioners of Nerikomi. Â She has since become one of the best Nerikomi potters in Japan.Â
More of her work can be found on her blog, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Sakai Mika.