Styling with Art: Sculpture and Ceramics

Posted in Out of the Studio by Mandy Poernig on 15th March 2016

This week’s styling with art rejoices in the meteoric rise of ceramics and sculpture. In 2015 we saw a TV show dedicated to pottery (who’d have thought pottery making could be so addictive), the revered Barbara Hepworth exhibition at the Tate really caused a stir, and now the Tate Modern has kicked off 2016 with an immensely popular Alexander Calder exhibition.

Where to Begin

It seems ceramics and sculpture are in vogue and here to stay, but where to start? Sculpture can be intimidating to buy, and when I think of sculpture, my mind habitually cuts to a naked Grecian armless god. Not for everyone’s home, I guess, and it doesn’t have to be either. Fortunately the Rise Art website has myriad styles of sculpture to choose from that would make a real statement in your home...

Who to View

When it comes to choosing a Sculpture that's fit for your abode, it isn’t just about making a bold and immediate statement. It needs to harmonise with your current décor. It could be delicate and discrete, requiring a closer look to appreciate the details. If that’s what you’re looking for then gaze your eyes over Rogan Brown’s intricate paper sculptures.

small kernel by rogan brown

Small Kernel

Rogan Brown

That said, if your interiors follow a minimalist style and you’re after a little bit of colour, let Mark Beattie light up your living room with his neon sculpture Pink Pearl. Mark’s neon series is a new foray for the sculptor, and despite his use of industrial materials his pieces still maintain a fluid appearance.

Pink Pearl

Mark Beattie

If you're looking for something a little more playful and uplifting, have a look at the figurative works of Alison Bell. She is a portrait sculptor and her current collection explores the memories of the freedom of childhood. These energetic and youthful pieces are both traditional and sentimental; a wonderful addition to any space.


Alison Bell


Sculpture in design

If you’re inspired by the sense of performance in Calder’s kinetic sculptures, and you like your furnishings to add a touch of drama to your abode, then you'll love Duffy London’s furnishings. Their Up Balloon Tables are playful, sculptural and practical pieces, each uniquely and exquisitely crafted.

Pieces this loud won't fit into every interior, so if it’s functionality you’re after, decorative ceramic accessories might be more up your street than a dramatic sculpture. For statement tableware, have a look at David Chipperfield’s outstanding ceramic collection. Tonale for Alessi, is a combination of clean cut design and durability, channelling Eastern design aesthetics.

This year, whether you're reviving your interiors or searching for the next piece to add to your collection, make sure you remember ceramics and sculpture! From statement feature sculptures, to beautiful individual accessories to enhance your home, there’s a plethora of artworks and collections to choose from, and not to mention an abundance of inspiration on our website.