We have an exciting collection of contemporary ceramics from emerging and mid-career artists all around the globe. Whether you’re after an elegant vase with a vibrant and bold finish, or you’re interested in purchasing an impressive abstract ceramic sculpture inspired by nature, our curatorial experts have selected each and every piece for you to discover and explore.…
Ceramic art typically takes on the form of pottery or sculpture, primarily out of clay. Other materials such as glass and cement are also used in ceramics, however, clay remains the predominant medium. Ceramics is considered one of the main ‘plastic arts’, meaning that it is created through the moulding and modelling of a material.
Ceramics have had a long history in cultures all over the world, and often fragments of pottery and ceramic objects are the only artistic evidence left behind from a earlier time. Ceramic practice can be traced back as far as 20,000 BCE, where it was used in countries such as to China, Japan, Persia (modern day Iran) and Greece. The word ‘ceramics’ derives from the Greek word for ‘potter’s clay’, and in Ancient Greece, ceramics were made from an iron-rich clay that would turn red when heated and baked in the kiln. The kiln has always been an essential process in creating ceramics due to the chemical reactions that occur in high heat. Once fired, ceramics can then be polished, glazed or decorated, then sometimes refired. Today, ceramics tend to be either earthenware, stoneware or porcelain.
The work of Jonathan Page is both graceful and dynamic. Characterised by sharp angles and a smooth surface, Page creates stunning ceramic sculptures that echo the movement of nature. The intriguing form of Black Gallus invites the viewer to witness the sculpture from every angle, with its dark finish capturing the light to expose the curved quality of the sculpture. Page’s poetic approach encourages a deeper look at the abstract forms of the natural world.
Diadji Diop’s work focuses on the human body, and its relationship to identity, pain and violence. Undoubtedly moving and endlessly fascinating, Diop’s uses ceramics to make large scale nude bodies propelled forward in force and action. Diop’s surrealist approach creates a new language for ceramics in fine art.
Michal Kaminski’s approach differs from that of Page and Diop, since he creates ceramic pieces that represent the phenomenon of contradiction. Combining the traditional form of a vase with a bold and powerful decoration, Kaminski’s art is dedicated to exposing the contradictions that lie in everyday life. With Nixon Vase Kaminski combines an ordinary vase with a not-so-ordinary exterior message. The vase has been decorated with typography, and comments on American politics and the media, resulting in a bold and thought-provoking piece of ceramic art.