Each artist spent 30 minutes answering questions that were submitted on the Artaxis website. This full day of back-to-back conversations provided an accessible and direct dialogue between professional artists working in clay and anyone interested in the material, whether they are students, educators, collectors, curators, designers, or even just curious about clay. Thanks to the nature of live streaming video, this live event allowed individuals across the world to participate in these conversations, adding new perspectives to the discussion.
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Tom Bartel is a ceramic artist based in Athens, Ohio, where he is a Full Professor. Bartel is widely recognized for unsettling and dark, yet strangely comic, figurative forms driven by rich textures. Such works are held in numerous public and private collections and appear in many publications. Bartel has given workshops and participated in residency and visiting artist programs across the US, in such places as the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Northern Clay Center, and Red Lodge Clay Center.
Shlomit Bauman is an Israeli ceramic artist and designer, and curator of the Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center gallery in Tel Aviv. She is currently earning her PhD from the Israel Institute of Technology, and has exhibited throughout Israel and internationally. Her aesthetic emphasizes the natural qualities of the “local, Israeli” clay she works with, in combination with aristocratic porcelain, molds from shuttered factories, and other elements. In her work, Bauman’s deals with research aspects of the ceramic design field, and is inspired by issues of culture, politics, technology, tradition, and industry.
Jennifer Forsberg is a Swedish artist known for her playful, organic ceramic sculptures and installations. She is currently a studio artist and the Headmaster at Österlenskolan for Art and Design in Sweden. She has exhibited and created public art commissions throughout Sweden and internationally, and has received numerous grants, including the International Artists’ Studio Program Work Grant in Sweden. She has been a resident at various international institutions including the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum in China, the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands, and the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts in the USA.
Paolo Porelli is an Italian ceramic artist, currently based in the US, who sculpts evocative figures that give form to an interpretation of critical behaviors displayed by contemporary man. Porelli’s visual language is rife with surrealist solutions, pop proliferation, and archaic symbolism. The artist exhibits locally and internationally, and is a co-founder of c.r.e.t.a Rome, an international center for ceramic arts. Porelli has been a resident artist at important ceramic art centers around the world, and his work is included in numerous collections and publications. ** There were technical difficulties with Paolo’s internet connection and his video cuts off after 14 minutes. Find the rest of the videos on the Artaxis Facebook page.
Rojhane (Roji) Hosseini is an Iranian ceramic artist who originally studied painting at Soureh University, where she currently teaches. Hosseini has participated in exhibitions, festivals, projects, and symposia in Iran and abroad. The artist has won several awards, including a first place diploma at the Pottery Women Artists Exhibition in Iran, and an honorary diploma at the 10th National Biennial of Iranian Contemporary Ceramic Art. Both individually and together with her husband, Hirbod Hemmatazad, who is also a ceramic artist, Hosseini has created numerous, monumental public works in clay across Iran.
Oleksandr Miroshnychenko currently lives and works in Kochetok, a small village not far from Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine. Miroshnychenko’s work, which ranges from figurative to functional, lies at an intersection of the folk artist’s and fine artist’s surrealist eccentricities. The artist’s also appears to balance the lasting influence of Soviet era constructivism with modern graphic tendencies, and is capable of both bold, saturated surfaces and emotive simplicity.
Eva Zethraeus is a Swedish ceramic artist who creates sculptures inspired by botanical and biological specimens. Zethraeus is a full-time studio artist and has exhibited and taught workshops extensively across Sweden and internationally, and has work in multiple art collections, including the National Museum in Stockholm and the Röhsska Muséet in Gothenburg. She has been the recipient of several grants and scholarships from institutions like the International Artists Studio Program in Sweden and the Scandinavia – Japan Sasakawa Foundation.
Raheleh Filsoofi is a multi-disciplinary artist using diverse media – ceramics, poetry, ambient sound and video – to make work about perception and memory. Filsoofi lives and works between Tehran, Iran, Boca Raton, Florida, and Edinburg, Texas, where she holds a position as Assistant Professor of Ceramics in the School of Art at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The artist has been involved in numerous international projects, and is currently an organizer of Frontiers, a series of barrier-breaking, ceramic-based exhibits in Tehran, Tokyo and Pompano Beach.
Rory MacDonald earned his MFA at Alfred University, and in 2007 won the Winifred Shantz Emerging Ceramics Award from the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. He is currently Chair of Craft and Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. MacDonald’s work, employing vessel forms, casting, and tradition, has broadened to include site specificity, architecture, and unorthodox experimentation. ** This is Rory’s earlier video. The full length video will be updated soon.
Polish artist Monika Patuszynska’s approach to process, art, and design are what distinguish her as a formidable force in the ceramic art field both inside and out of Poland, with substantial international recognition and representation in galleries, competitions, and collections. Her objects are unorthodox and often misleading, opening trapdoors to rich mines of content and meaning. The artist studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, and from 2014-2016 served as Artistic Director at the Institute of Design in Kielce, Poland.
Juxtaposing low-brow recyclable materials with sophisticated, digital delete-and-forget tech, Israeli artist Johnathan Hopp brings disparate but parallel ways of thinking and working together in his ceramic practice. Abstract urban landscapes, “souvenir” replicas of damaged buildings from Palestine’s Gaza strip, cross cultural collaborations, and vessels are only a few of the components defining this unique artist’s oeuvre. Hopp is base in Tel Aviv but teaches at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. ** Due to technical issues during the live stream, this is part three of Johnathan’s video. The first two parts can be found on the Artaxis Facebook page.
Giorgio di Palma
Originally a computer technician by day and painter by night in Budapest, Giorgio di Palma moved back to Italy in 2010 and took up his family’s 50-year tradition of ceramics. Rooted in his hometown, which has centuries of history in ceramic production, di Palma proves he is a highly unorthodox artist by staging public interventions and creating videos that incorporate ceramics that are trompe l’oeil, absurd, aggressive, kitschy, informed, smart, and a little bit punk. The artist has received wide international recognition, with numerous exhibitions and residencies to his credit.
Phil Rogers is one of the world’s most venerated potters. Based in Wales, Rogers is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Crafts Council, and the Royal Cambrian Academy. He has had more than 50 solo exhibitions internationally, including the UK, USA, Belgium, Japan, and South Korea. He has conducted more than 50 workshops internationally, has addressed the World Ceramics Symposium in Korea, and, in 1993, built and initiated a pottery for 25 single women with children in Ethiopia. He has work in permanent collections in museums worldwide, and he has won numerous awards, including the Wingate Scholarship in 2000.
Modisa “Tim” Motsomi is an emerging ceramic artist from Botswana. Motsomi takes on race, history, colonialism, migration and other poignant themes in equally poignant work, which, until recently, maintained an almost unwavering emphasis on the figure. The artist has been participating in more and more international projects and exhibitions in recent years, and he is currently undertaking a major commission for Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London, South Africa.
In the last year, Irish ceramic artist Isobel Egan has graced the cover of Ceramic Review and been featured in the newly reestablished Ceramics Art and Perception. Member of the International Academy of Ceramics and Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, and winner of the Golden Fleece Merit Award in 2006, Egan continues to receive recognition and accolades. The artist’s delicate, pristine, and vibrant geometries are poetic embodiments of “simple complexity.”
Born in India, studying at the Royal College of Art in London, and now based in Mumbai, Neha Kudchadkar is an internationally active, multi-media artist. Founder and director of beej, a performing arts initiative in Mumbai, many of Kudchadkar’s ceramic “sculptures” are performance-based. In her performances, the artist places herself in social, political, material, cultural, and physical environments, and often uses her body as the subject, object, and armature of her work. Kudchadkar’s ceramic art is intellectual, intimate, and activist.
Peru / United States
Peruvian-born Kukuli Velarde is a recipient of the esteemed Guggenheim Fellowship and has also been exhibited by Garth Clark, among many other accolades. She is a widely lauded artist who draws on history and culture to make works of contemporary relevance and brilliance. In addition to her ceramic work, the artist is also an accomplished painter, wife, and mother. The artist lives in Philadelphia and exhibits internationally.
Linda Arbuckle is a world-renowned ceramic artist and a gifted, dedicated, and award-winning educator. Arbuckle has taught over 150 workshops and summer sessions at universities and most of the major craft institutions across the US. She has been featured in countless exhibitions, publications, and art collections, received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts, been awarded an Artists’ Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and much, much more.
Linda Lighton is an artist, curator, and arts activist. Lighton is the founder and director of the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program, which has sent 150 artists to 53 countries and the Arctic Circle, and she has also received numerous awards herself. The Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, the Missouri Art Award as an Individual Artist, and the Award for Excellence in Visual Art and Education from the Kansas City Art Institute are but a few of her accolades. The artist has also exhibited and worked all over the world and is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.
Malcolm Mobutu Smith
Malcolm Mobutu Smith is a ceramic artist and teacher, currently an Associate Professor and Head of Ceramic Arts at Indiana University in Bloomington. His work is guided by improvisations that merge the graphic, such as graffiti art, comic book illustrations and jazz, with form in the round, often abstractions of cups, bottles, and vases. Smith has given workshops, lecturers, and been a visiting or resident artist at many universities and art institutions in the US, and his works are held in numerous private and public collections internationally.
Canada / United States
Linda Sormin is an artist, author, and currently an Associate Professor of Ceramics at Alfred University in New York. Through objects and site-responsive installations, her work explores issues of fragility, aggression, mobility, survival and regeneration. She studied ceramics at Andrews University, Sheridan College, and Alfred University, where she received her MFA. Sormin’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in the UK, US, Indonesia, Canada, Norway, and Denmark. She has won multiple awards and grants, including the Emerging Artist Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Ilona Romule is not just a world-famous ceramic artist, she is also one of the biggest and most familiar names in the rich and dynamic world of Eastern European ceramics. Famous for her illustrated porcelain sculptures and vessels, which represent a climax in the history of Latvian porcelain, Romule has held more than twenty solo shows, been included in dozens of international juried competitions and group exhibitions, and won eight awards from prestigious competitions such as the Mino ceramics competition in Japan, the Taiwan Biennale, and the Icheon World Ceramic Biennale in Korea. ** Ilona’s video is cut short due to technical difficulties in the live stream.
En Iwamura is an artist from Kyoto, Japan, who is currently working in the US as a long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation. He creates ceramic sculptures that incorporate layers of drawing, and are inspired by American and Japanese historical and pop-cultural references, as well as his own life experiences. Trained in both Japan and the US, Iwamura is an award-winning artist who has exhibited all over Japan, the US, China, and Canada. Recently, he was featured by Ceramics Monthly as one of their 2017 Emerging Artists.
Vipoo Srivilasa is a Thai born, Melbourne-based artist, curator, and arts activist. Srivilasa is known for his clever, quirky, zoomorphic figures, which blend the artist’s playful spirit and social conscience, just as they blend pop and folk culture. The artist’s work, which is instantly recognizable and internationally acclaimed, has been carried by Saatchi Gallery and Ferrin Contemporary, featured in biennials in South Korea and Taiwan, and collected broadly.