Welcome back to NewsFile, your weekly resource for newsy tidbits and happenings from the worlds of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. This week we begin with a farewell to profound ceramist John Glick.
Remembering John Glick
[Glick built] a substantial portion of his studio practice around the creation of one-of-a-kind settings. This approach struck a sympathetic balance that blended his urge for constant innovation within the utilitarian potter’s commitment to production. Cultivating and sustaining relationships with client-collectors was central to an approach of this nature. Glick’s settings ultimately explored a wide range of form and decoration that combined the user’s decision making with Glick’s personal vision of a set as a varied visual eco-system.
“You could say I am hopelessly in love with bits and pieces of the making of pots…”
David Bielander Receives Swiss Grand Award
The Swiss Federal Office of Culture has named jewellery designer and artist David Bielander as one of three winners of this year’s Swiss Grand Award for Design. Bielander translates simple everyday objects into exceptional pieces of artist jewellery, opening up unexpected lines of communication for both wearer and viewer, Ornamentum Gallery writes.
The award ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday June 13, 2017 during Art Basel Miami. Other winners include comic-book artist and illustrator Thomas Ott and graphic designer and art director Jean Widmer.
AANDERSSON Releases New ‘Shapes Mugs’
Experimental design brand AANDERSSON is officially releasing a new tableware series. ‘Shapes Collection‘ features a series of five contemporary porcelain mugs that explore the functional applications of various geometric forms.
Each mug utilizes unique and distinctive shapes to form a functional handle. The mugs are finished with contrasting exterior matte and interior gloss glazes in a color gradient from white to black. Photography by Joseph R. Webb of the collection is also being released.
3D Printed Cooling Bricks
Using 3D printing technology, Emerging Objects has come up with a solution to reduce the use of air conditioning systems in hot, dry climates, such as those in the American Southwest.
These ‘Cool Bricks’ have the ability to cool off an entire room simply by using the most abundant compound found on Earth — water, 3Dprint.com writes.
Emerging Objects writes the project was inspired by the Muscatese Evaporative cooling window. A ceramic vessel filled with water, the ‘cool brick’ masonry system is used to build walls that passively cool interiors.
Comprised of 3D printed porous ceramic bricks set in mortar, each brick absorbs water like a sponge and is designed as a three dimensional lattice that allows air to pass through the wall. As air moves through the 3D printed brick, the water that is held in the micro-pores of the ceramic evaporates, bringing cool air into an interior environment, lowering the temperature using the principle of evaporative cooling.
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