Washington artist Jon Almeda used to make large-scale ceramics. He reached a point in his career as an artist where he threw his practice into reverse and started making ceramics that are so small that a good sneeze could send them flying. From the artist:
“I am a bit of an extremist. For many years I was throwing massive pieces, the bigger the better type mentality. While browsing a book store, I came across a book called “Creating Ceramic Miniatures” that really changed my whole outlook and approach. I went to the opposite end of the spectrum and began working in 1″ scale. Throwing small really allows me to focus on the shape and form of a piece. It is a very meditative form of creation. I enjoy the process of making small vases and bowls that without any scale or context look exactly like their larger counterpart in detail and proportion.”
This is Colossal states that despite their small size, the miniatures can withstand glaze and being fired in a kiln. Today Almeda teaches classes on how to make miniatures and his shop sells specialized tools for the production of the curious curios.
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