Everything You Need to Know About Modern Ceramics

There are ceramic objects in different civilizations, but by introducing their own aesthetics into their manufacture, and using clay, traditional for all, each artisan created a creation that is inherent only for this culture. Thus, using traditional materials and production technologies inherent to all, deeply national works were created.

Nowadays, using the same principles, artists create new works, international in materials and technologies, and national in content.

Clay and ceramics appeared at the dawn of civilization simultaneously in different cultures of man, accompanying him along the entire path of historical development. Ease of production and availability of material, as well as durability, have made ceramic products the most common in human culture. With the development of civilization, products also improved. In addition to the simplest things, things have appeared that carry not only a practical load, but also have a high cultural value. Pottery is becoming art.

Now, in everyday life, ceramics appears more in arts and crafts. A vase or jug ​​in the interior is not intended for storing food, but is its decoration. It should be noted that products made of clay and fireclay are becoming more and more popular. Currently, in the manufacture of ceramics products, both traditional materials and technologies, which are thousands of years old, are used, as well as new ones, in some way, simplifying their production, but expanding the capabilities of ceramic artists. In any case, firing remains a prerequisite for real ceramics.

Clay, being an international material, served the specific needs of people, embodying national characteristics in concrete, both utilitarian and religious works of ceramics. In most countries, ceramics was used in everyday life in the form of various dishes, as well as in all kinds of decorative and applied arts.

Check out this amazing artist. It may sound ironic, but in order to create her unique ceramics, first Zemer Peled destroys. Each finished piece of her work is a compilation of hundreds of ceramic shards and, for us, final products resemble corals or flowers or both.

Peled starts from smashing the source material on a slab roller. “I smash my own sheets of clay with a hammer,” she said in an interview. “I’m really fascinated with the idea of different kinds of texture I can achieve by those processes I put the material through. From tough and sharp to soft and tender as though my breath could break it.”

Peled learns the nature’s ways of creating through her own destroy-to-create pieces. According to her interview, Peled also follows some concepts from Kabbala, Shevirah and Tikkun, which mean breaking and mending. “I make it then I break it and then do it all over again until I’m starting to see something worth of preserving, worth of stopping the process and fixing it in shape,” she said.

Besides having exhibitions in her homeland, which is Israel, Peled’s works has been at Sotheby’s and Saatchi in London and in the US’ Nelson Atkins Museum. Some huge publications like Vogue and Elle also featured her pieces.

Anastasia Fetter

Anastasia Fetter