Over the past few years, to counteract the rise in the use of digital technology in the industry, all areas of design have seen a resurgence of old fashioned skills and mediums as artists yearn for the artistic satisfaction that only hand-dirtying techniques can bring.
A particularly exciting strand of this new old-fashioned craze has been the rise of illustrated ceramics. Artists all over the world, both emerging and established, have taken time out to mould, fire and glaze stunning creations which both bring character-filled focus points to a room or outfit and prove what a diverse and contemporary medium ceramic art is.
Below is a list of five artists who’s transitions from illustrator to ceramic artist have been seamless and inspiring:
For Sandra Dieckmann, who is known for her intricate artworks depicting nature in all its glory, her experimentation with this potentially spectacular medium has meant setting aside some of her infamous detail and adapting her approach for a 3 dimensional medium whilst attempting to keep the magical quality her creations are known for. Her adorable clay-creations have proved a huge hit with admirers online, with cute creatures such as Augustine the Hedgehog selling out in as little as 30 minutes.
Atelier Stella is an ever-changing range of ceramics designed and made by Stella Baggot in Brighton. A mixture of muted, pastel colour schemes, natural textures, dainty hand-drawn patterns and loads of square-nosed faces makes for a contemporary, well balanced and hugely popular range of ceramics. Stella’s quirky yet classic creations have proved a huge hit, with only the most eager, well planned shopper being able to get their hands on one each time she releases a new batch.
Just when you thought you had seen everything you could possibly make with clay, a crafty little bird comes along and unleashes a mound of ceramic ice cream brooches, cuddly bear milk jugs and hedgehog pin cushions. In an interview with Bibelot last month, Little Birdy described the process of making ceramic art as “addictive and therapeutic” and this addictive quality carries through to the product of her clay work as her eccentric style keeps a growing fan base hooked, fascinated to see what the feathery little crafter will cook up next.
The sweetest and most adorable ceramics I have seen to date come from Marina Marinski. Working as a pottery and jewellery designer in Croatia, Marina’s online shop, Marinski Heartmades stocks a range of plates, cups, plant pots and necklaces, each made to order and available in 12 different colours. When creating her ceramics, Marina unleashes her inner child to explore playful motifs and create charming designs. A personal favourite is her range of plates featuring women’s faces – the composition of the peaceful face surrounded by a flowing head of hair gives a comforting feel whilst the hair’s wild, leafy pattern gives a sense of nature and adventure.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Abi Overland for Inkygoodness as part of our Grad Spot series last year and have been following her work ever since. Just a few months ago, Abi launched a brand new range of screen printed ceramics featuring some of the designs she had developed whilst studying at the University of Brighton. Despite having only been out of university for just over a year and so being relatively new to the illustration game, Abi’s collection is one of the most memorable and impressive I have seen. The combination of her stunningly intricate artworks, stylish detailing and a skillful use of photography has created a breathtaking collection which is guaranteed to add beauty and intrigue to any home.