With less than two days remaining of Cfile’s Global Ceramic Auction, we wanted to share with you some gems from the worlds of contemporary ceramics and contemporary ceramic art available for bid in our auction. And, if you act now, you could acquire them for a steal! Our one-of-a-kind auction ends Friday, July 21, 2017, 10:00 am MDT.
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Fabricated by Bernardaud, this plate by Jeff Koons features an image chosen by the artist that combines the classicism of black and white photography with the functionality of an everyday object. The circular shape of the plate itself combined with the pose of the young bathers in the image recalls the shape of a peace sign.
The spirit of Dadaism, impact of Modernism, embrace of Eastern philosophy, influence of folk art and even the ornament of ethnic jewelry were all combined in Beatrice Wood’s ceramics. Her work reveals a mastery of form, combined with a preference for the naivete of folk art. Ultimately, it is impossible to separate her life experiences from the work she created, as she truly mastered the art of a life.
Block China Art features the Campbell’s Soup can from the famous painting by Andy Warhol and was produced from 1998 to 2000. You will note on the plate, the can has been opened. For over 50 years Block China and Crystal was a leader in the design and manufacture of a distinctive collection of tableware, accessories and giftware for the home. Andy Warhol, b. 1928, Pittsburg, PA, also known as the godfather of the pop art movement, remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture.
Jim Melchert, b. 1930, Ohio. After his undergraduate studies in art history at Princeton he taught English in Japan for four years in exchange for the rich experience of living there. Returning to the States he earned degrees in painting at the University of Chicago and afterwards ceramics under Peter Voulkos at the University of California, Berkeley. Melchert settled in Oakland and thrived on the interaction among his colleagues and young artists at UC-Berkeley where he taught. In 1977 the National Endowment for the Arts brought him to Washington, DC to direct its Visual Arts Program for four years. From 1984 to 1988 he joined the American Academy in Rome as Director.
Passport Item: Clay and Light: Jordan Taylor foreword by Garth Clark. The piece appears on p. 61 of the book.
Jordan Taylor was raised Quaker in the Midwestern US, and after undergraduate work at Earlham College, Richmond, IN, he apprenticed for three years with Master Potter Mark Skudlarek. In 2002, he established his own studio in rural Northeastern Pennsylvania, based on wood fired, functional ceramics made from indigenous clays and glaze materials. His recent work has included large scale public installations, residential design of earthen walled houses, and citywide charitable events.
Matthew Causey’s delightful cartoon style has been lighting up the ceramic world for some time now however he now fusses more on the 2-D world of illustration. This bowl is a classic Causey: energetic, loose, comical and yet cutting and precise.