Artspan Portal: Ceramics

Introduction to Ceramics

  Ceramics is one of the oldest forms of art in human history. The availabilty of material, its durability and versatility,  functional objects, decorative pieces, and sculpture in nearly every culture around the world. At present, one of the biggest challenges in creating new ceramic work is grappling with the common stigma that ceramics is only a utilitarian trade or artisan craft. Toshiko Takaezu speaks directly to this issue by making vessels that are closed and therefore not functional while other ceramicists employ the medium for sculptural and figural forms. At the other end of the spectrum, artistic movements of the 20th century have embraced the craft based origins of ceramic art and incorporated traditional techniques and aesthetics into the production of contemporary work. Either way, ceramics presents a rich and accommodating medium for any contemporary artist working today. It offers myriad possibilities for form and object type and a wide array of options for technical processes. Depending on their choice of materials, building method, surface decoration, and firing, artists have nearly endless options to aid them in creating varied and lasting pieces of ceramic art.

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Resources: Ceramics

Associations (see all)
American Art Pottery Association
The manifesto of the American Art Pottery Assocation is to promote an interest understanding,...
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramics Art
A public, nonprofit educational institution founded in 1951 by brickmaker Archie Bray. Dedicated...
Arrowsmith Potters' Guild
The Arrowsmith Potters' Guild began in April, 1995 and makes it's home at the VIA Rail Train...
Books (see all)
500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form
Creating Lifelike Figures in Polymer Clay: Tools and Techniques for Sculpting Realistic Figures
How-to's by the master of realistic fanciful polymer figures! * More than 400 step-by-step...
Creating Lifelike Figures in Polymer Clay: Tools and Techniques for Sculpting Realistic Figures
How-to's by the master of realistic fanciful polymer figures! * More than 400 step-by-step...
Education (see all)
Arcadia University
Glenside, PA
BFA in Art, concentration in Ceramics
California State University, Long Beach, Ceramics Program
Long Beach, CA
A ceramics program founded in 1949 which has a 17,000 square foot facility...
Ceramics Program at Alfred University
Alfred, NY
Part of the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, the ceramics program...
Galleries (see all)
Netherlands, Amsterdam. International ceramic art gallery
UK, London. Modern glass and ceramics
Craft Potters Association Gallery of Contemporary Ceramics
London, England
The Craft Potters Association Gallery is the only gallery in the United...
Galleries (see all)
Dai Ichi Gallery
New York, NY
Dai Ichi Gallery primarily deals in contemporary ceramics from China and Japan.
Dubhe Carreņo Gallery
Chicago, IL
Dubhe Carreņo Gallery explores the current state of ceramic art through...
Ferrin Gallery
Cummington, MA
Ferrin Gallery, established in 1979, has long been known as one of the...
Museums (see all)
American Museum of Ceramic Art
Pomona, CA
It is the mission of the American Museum of Ceramic Art to educate by presenting,...
Museum of Ceramic Art New York
New York City, NY The Museum of Ceramic Art – New York (MOCA/NY) was founded to advance...
The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Japan
As a museum solely dedicated to ceramic art, The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art is intended...
Potteries (see all)
249 South Highway 101 #478.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
(619) 200-8944
Baltimore Clayworks
Baltimore, MD
A non-profit ceramic art center housed in two historic buildings in...
Barbara Dunshee Ceramics
1060 26th Ave East
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 229-3311
Porcelain, stoneware and...
Publications (see all)
Ceramic Review Magazine
A bi-monthly magazine for the entire ceramic community that offers practical and critical...
Ceramics Art & Perception
With a total of 120 pages, it contains substantial articles and regular features on a broad range...
Ceramics Arts Daily provides a free daily newsletter, access to Ceramics Monthly and Pottery...