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Mar

12

handbuilt ceramic design art

By Ceramic Design



As a freelance ceramic design artist I am involved in the design and making of one off individual, limited edition ceramic pieces. These are made using a combination of handbuilding and slip-casting techniques. The motivation behind my work is to create pieces that are both unusual and striking in terms of shape, decoration and scale. The vessel is the basis upon which to experiment with sculptural ideas, where the ‘pot’ is cut into or added to and works visually from many different angles.

The featured black and white ‘MONO’ range (pic below) derives it’s inspiration from 1960′s op artists such as Bridget Riley and Victor Vassarley. I was interested to see how similar designs would translate to a three dimensional surface and the resulting optical effect. The use of black and white exclusively aims to draw attention to the form while highlighting positive and negative shapes, spaces and patterns. Each vessel is glazed, hand decorated and range between 1 – 3 feet in height.

Dec

31

Jingdezhen Int’l Ceramics Fair charms visitors

By Ceramic Design



China Jingdezhen Int’l Ceramics Fair 2011 has opened in the porcelain harbor of Jingdezhen, in the Eastern China’s Jiangxi province.

China Jingdezhen Int’l Ceramics Fair 2011 has opened in the porcelain harbor of Jingdezhen, in the Eastern China’s Jiangxi province.

Jun

9

Ceramic Money Box – Fish

By Ceramic Design



How do you locate a truly unique and original gift? Ceramic Money Box – Fish

Simple. Get one of our hand-made money boxes – you can have a name added to make it unique for your child or friend. A great way to teach people to save money!

Images of our Whale Money Boxes are shown below, but don’t forget – we make money boxes in ALL SORTS of animal styles.

Jun

9

Ceramic Money Boxs – Elephants

By Ceramic Design



We make hand-made and unique elephant money boxs with the trunk up, straight out, or downwards, depending upon the weather.

Well, you have to make the decision somehow.

Apr

15

Ceramics / pottery designer

By Ceramic Design



Pottery/Ceramics Designers (Ceramicists) combine creative, practical and technical skills in the design and production of original items such as plates, ornaments, pots and sculptures made by shaping, moulding and firing clay and other materials.

Ceramics designers and potters use a range of techniques and their creativity to make domestic (table and chinaware), decorative (ornaments and sculptures) or industrial (pipes, fittings, tiles) products from clay. Typical activities include:

  • generating original ideas;
  • producing sketches and sample designs;
  • preparing clay and other materials for use;
  • using kilns, a potter’s wheel and/or moulds to produce items;
  • using a variety of techniques to create finished products;
  • investigating and choosing appropriate production processes and materials (stoneware, earthenware, porcelain etc);
  • maintaining awareness of current design trends, fashion and influences;
  • liaising with suppliers, galleries, store buyers, clients etc;
  • undertaking market research, marketing and business development activities;
  • managing budgets and accounts;
  • running workshops/teaching classes;
  • giving demonstrations;
  • producing photographs, catalogues and/or design portfolios;
  • attending/displaying work at exhibitions and craft fairs;
  • selling products directly via galleries, craft shops, studios, the internet etc.

Most ceramicists are self-employed/freelance or work for large ceramics/pottery companies (including Denby, Wedgewood and Royal Doulton). For experienced designers, opportunities also arise with large retail chains (such as Ikea and Habitat), although such vacancies attract strong competition. Jobs are advertised via the Internet, in local and national newspapers and trade publications including Design Week, Ceramic Review and Design Nation. Speculative applications are worthwhile, for which it is essential to produce a sound portfolio of design work to demonstrate creative/practical skills.