Like most facets of human production, design reflects the social and economic currents of the time. Over the past decade, issues of sustainability, ethical production and local sourcing have come to the fore, leading to a return to the craft ideals last seen in the 1970s. In addition to hand-woven textiles, wood furniture from the region and high-quality home accessories, the art of ceramic production has what many call “a moment”.
It’s no surprise why. At a time when faceless mechanical production has become an abomination for many, ceramics offers a potent antidote that is steeped in not only clay but also a story. From the asymmetrical waviness of the shape to the laid drop of glazing, the artist’s hand is clearly visible in the ceramic, allowing the collector to interact with the artisans who made it. Despite its centuries-old history as one of the most enduring handicraft techniques known to mankind, ceramics still surprise us. Here are ten of our current favorite ceramists who are making this timeless craft all over again.
The Hudson Valley-based ceramist Andrew Molleur creates abstract, geometric compositions on his ceramic pieces using inlaid pigmented shapes.