Breaking the mould: new approaches to ceramics editor Ziggy Hanor
Formlessness, ‘when you think of the word ‘vessel’, a vase or urn like pot probably springs to mind…I think this is what happens when something so ubiquitous that every one owns it. We take ceramics for granted.’ p2
‘Form: I think ceramics has a potent and underused language of material sensuality. It asks that you notice the minute differences between textures, tones colours and forms. It does literally link us with our planet, with its earth, with our earliest ancestors making vessels to dry in the sun and wind. Its elemental stuff.’ p12
‘They can make clay look like anything, as if making objects out of clay that looked like they where cast in epoxy resin, or built from leather, wood or bronze was some sort of aesthetic accomplishment in and of itself.’ p21
‘The waterproof, hygienic properties of glazed stoneware make it a useful material for sanitary purposes.’ P46
Maxm Velcovsky manufactures his ceramics in a soviet Czech porcelain factory he casts found objects and gives them new meanings.