Contemporary Ceramics Makers

Last week during the first part of our Studio Skills: Ceramics course Anne Gibbs gave us a great introduction to some contemporary ceramics makers who inspire her and demonstrate some of the techniques we had already learned during the session.

Gillian Lowndes
Gillian Lowndes

Gillian Lowndes (1936 – 2010) is a British artist who spent most of her childhood in British India, a trip to Nigeria in the early 70s proved influential to her subsequent work. Continually challenging the orthodox world of pure ceramics, she incorporated found objects into her her ceramic work.

“Lowndes is keenly aware of the periodically changing objects that have furnished [her house] over time, and admits to a particular fondness for the usually taken for granted things that surround us in contemporary life: bulldog clips, can openers, forks, and pliers.” Amanda Fielding, “Bristling with Life”, Ceramic Review

Ron Nagle

Ron Nagle (b. 1939) is an American sculptor, music and songwriter, he is known for small-scale, refined sculptures of great detail and compelling colour. His intimately sized sculptures are often composite of multiple elements and involve a confluence of techniques and materials, using uncanny sources such as cartoons, graffiti and fashion for inspiration.

“everything is done, even subconsciously, from a flat point of view.” Nagle

Ron Nagle

Nao Matsunaga (b.1980) is a Japanese artist living an working in London, he has an interest in ceremonial objects and spaces, and how early man interacted with his surroundings, the ways in which primitive cultures shared traditions across the world and how these practices continue to shape our lives.

“Controlling the speed and time of my engagement with a piece is an important method I use in creating something that is different from a previous piece.” Matsunaga

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