Artist Johnson Tsang

"With an adept understanding of ceramics and anatomy, Hong-Kong based Artist Johnson Tsang creates unexpected anthropomorphic sculptures where human forms seem to splash effortlessly through functional objects like bowls, plates, and cups. While the works shown here are mostly innocent and comical in nature the artist is unafraid of veering into more macabre subject matter in other artworks that grapple with war and violence.  Tsang has been posting an amazing series of process photos over on his blog that demonstrate how he makes many of his ceramic creations. 

In his Clay series, Tsang uses masterfully crafted organic and fluid forms to bring otherwise mundane stoneware to life. The sculptor mixes ordinary crockery, traditional face sculpting and an expressive splashing motif to create sculptures that seem to be frozen in time.  Emotions like dreaminess, love, confusion, sadness and indifference are all easily identifiable in his expressive clay sculpture faces.

Yingge Ceramics Museum,which will be displaying Living Clay exhibition until 19th January, 2014, explain that the pieces “are satires of the human condition” and that “Tsang exemplifies the perfect marriage between ceramic form and meaning.”

Sources: This is Colossal | Johnson Tsang | Artfido

Also Check Out Johnson Tsang’s Websites: Johnson Tsang | Facebook



thru Mar 2:

Body & Soul: New International Ceramics
 curated by Wendy Tarlow Kaplan

The Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, NYC

the exhibition underscores the power of the figure to convey strong emotions, and also to the accessibility of the ceramic medium. Through clay the figure becomes the catalyst for addressing the emotional impact of contemporary pressures that confront our society today. Each work, inspired by a personal incident or symbolic tale, expresses a deep emotional identity, contrasting societal, political, and personal views on themes such as anxiety, bias, mortality and memory. The exhibition highlights approximately 25 international artists who came to clay as painters, draughtsmen, or sculptors. Many are being shown for the first time in the United States



Here is a little set showing the appaloosa cob I made from armature to the full thing. I still plan on taking him outdoors for some photos this weekend. He is made from polymer clay over a wire and foil armature, and painted in acrylic. His hair is a mohair blend. He took me longer to paint than he did to sculpt, and ended up sucking up most of my holiday, but I love how he turned out. I adore appaloosas and furry cob/ vanner types, so combining them made sense! 

I was planning on putting him for sale and have had several people message me about him, but I really like him and spent ages on him so am not even sure what I want to charge. Also I need to give him a name at some point. 

More pictures to follow!



Artist Ronit Baranga

Israeili Artist Ronit Baranga, b. 1973, uses clay and porcelain to craft her sculptures.  Baranga’s process mainly involves using different kinds of clays such as liquid and solid clays for sculpting.

Baranga’s work is on the border between concrete and unreal life.  This border allows her to express complex emotional feelings by creating anthropomorphic images- human and inanimate objects- combined as one (cups on fingers; masks with human mouths; hollowed, headless figures wearing masks; tea drinking ceremony using empty cups).  “I believe that this combination in my art makes people feel. Viewers of my work react almost instantly- they are either enthusiastic or appalled, but never indifferent. I hope their reaction also stimulates them to think about the ideas behind my work.”

From the Artist, "the use of fingers and mouths in my work is full of intent and meaning. The fingers and the mouth are very sensual organs in the human body and are therefore very powerful as separated items from it. The “seamless” combination of these organs in plates or cups, appearing as one, creates, in my opinion, new items that “feel” their environment and respond to it.”

Sources: Ronit Baranga | High Fructose | Bored Panda | Yatzer | Empty Kingdom | Rooms Magazine

Also Check out Ronit Baranga’s other website: Facebook




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