Wednesday, June 18, 2014


circa 6 x 9 cm porcelain 2014

Something about the thinness of porcelain without color reminds me of bone. This piece is hand-built, combining two one-piece slip casts. The nasal bridge forms a concave handle.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Olmec Grey
8cm stoneware 2014

Olmec with Handle

8cm stoneware 2013

I have always been inspired by pre-Columbian sculpture, so I saw fit to make a ceramic version of the kingly Olmec heads.

Though the Olmecs were ceramicists, we're so far unable to find work that relates much to the monumental stone heads. (They seemed to have been fascinated with rotund baby figurines.)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Norwegian Traffic

Norwegian Traffic
7cm Porcelain stoneware 2014

Cast with built elements.

The cup is based on a cube, 
the handle concave.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Blue Tor

Blue Tor Johnson
10cm 2014

Though this is a porcelain casting (from my original sculpting) the glazing and high temp firing makes it very much one of a kind. It is almost like skrying, to gaze on the strange rivulets of glaze that have nestled with accident into the skin crevices.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sphinx Ruin

Sphinx Ruin
10 cm 2014

I don't know if this is a recognised genre within ceramics, but I occasionally come by a ruin that I am happy with. I will fire it as a one of a kind piece.

These ruins are what are left of the originals, after the casting process. I make 2 or 3-piece plaster moulds, which I pry apart. Usually the original is totally destroyed when I do this, but sometimes a surprising piece emerges. Losing a nose makes this one, based on the Big Brother poster of the 1950s 1984 film, resemble the Giza Sphinx. The plaster from the mould, clinging to the pupils, adds an uncanny glint to the imperious, pharaohnic glare.

Lee Van Cleef

 This face was made for art.

 Though cast, each piece has a lot of hand sculpting, the ears cast separately and applied and melded behind the sideburns.

Lee Van Cleef (with and without hat)
    8cm 2013