This ain’t your grandmother’s china…5 Contemporary Ceramic Artists

I am smitten with the decadently beautiful ceramic artworks by these five contemporary artists who have completely reinterpreted traditional porcelain china…like I said this ain’t your grandmother’s china. These works are lavish, surreal, and exceptionally baroque in their highly ornate and decorative surfaces.

Bouke de Vries: I adore the cabinet of curiosity style display cases and glass domes in these intimate assemblages of objects. Reminiscent of Joseph Cornell’s surreal and eclectic boxes; these too feel like precious dioramas of the strange and unusual.

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Behind the mask, 2009. 20th-century porcelain doll s head and mix media, 150 x 150 x 225 mm.

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No No No, 2009. 19th-century Samson porcelain figure, mixed media, 270 x 170 x 430 mm. The Zabludowicz Collection , London

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Chimera/mermaid, 2009. 19th century dolls body, mixed porcelain fragments and mixed media. Diam 140 x 350 mm. Private collection, London.

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Dead nature, life cycle, 2010. 16th/17th century Chinese Swatow dish and mixed media. ø 580 x 380 mm. Private collection, The Netherlands.  {Bouke de Vries}

Jason Hackett: These surreal clusters and assemblages of porcelain objects are strangely beautiful. Their awkward compositions and idiosyncrasies add to their overall mysteriousness.

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Eclipse, cast, pressed, and found ceramic, decal, sandblasted, 13 x 10 x 5in

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In Memoriam, cast, pressed and found ceramic, sandblasted 14 x 14 x 5

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Artifact, cast, wheel thrown, extruded, and hand built ceramic, gold leaf, sandblasted 11 x 9 x 6in   {Jason Hackett}

Molly Hatch:  Hatch’s contemporary installations and reinterpretation of traditional 18th century delftware and chinese export are unbelievable gorgeous. The hand painted details are absolutely astounding.

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Mimesis: Delft Blue Toile Vase, cone six porcelain, underglazes, engobes, 2012 18 x 7.5 x 2in

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Salon Familiar: Quail Platter, cone six porcelain, underglazes, engobes and hardware, 2008 18 x 24 x 2in

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American Story: Blue Willow Service for 12, Kohler Factory Vitreas china, Kohler glazes and hardware, 2009, 9 x 9in   {Molly Hatch}

Yeesookyung: Consisting of broken pottery chards reassembled into organic mounds edged with gold leaf, the works of Yeesookung are immense in scale and staggeringly beautiful.

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Translated Vase, ceramic trash, epoxy, 24k gold leaf, 2010, 158 x 90 x 90cm

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Translated Vase, ceramic trash, epoxy, 24k gold leaf, 2010, 135 x 85 x 85 cm

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Translated Vase, ceramic trash, epoxy, 24k gold leaf, 2010, 135 x 85 x 85 cm {Saatchi Gallery}

Claire Partington: Inspired by folklore such as Grimm fairytales the figurative sculptures by Clare Partington are extremely imaginative and amazingly detailed. I absolutely love the interchangeable heads on the female figures.

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Diver and Fiji Mermaid, earthenware, glaze, enamel, luster, chains, 61.6 x 22 x 22in, 2012

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Silverhands, earthenware, glaze, enamel, luster, 49 x 46 x 17cm, 2011

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Kraken, earthenware, glaze, enamel, luster, scale model boat, 58 x 56 x 16cm, 2011

{Claire Partington}

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