While visiting the Goudse Keramiek Dagen last week, I bumped into the beautiful ceramic sculptures of Gertjan van der Stelt. Not literally off course -thank god for that- but on my way to the ceramics market I passed by a gallery showing van der Stelts work – and fell in love. Take a look yourself:
It reminded me a bit of beautifully carved faceted forms of Halima Cassel. The strong geometric patterns, robust colors, playing with facets and iterations.
“Koen Van Synghel is een boeiend architect / kunstcriticus die niet altijd kiest voor de geijkte of conventionele invalhoek. Als begenadigd spreker werkte hij ook een tijdje voor de VRT en krijgt vele lovende kritieken over zijn lezingen.
‘Architectuur en Beeldende Kunst’ is de titel van zijn lezing die hij woensdag 7 december in de Academie voor Beeldende Kunst in Mol zal brengen. De lezing start om 19u00 en de inkom is 3 euro.”
A beautiful short documentary on the Chinese artist Ai WeiWei’s sunflower seeds project, which at the same time sheds a unique insight into the traditional Chinese porcelain craft.
One Hundred Million Sunflower Seeds was an art installation at the Tate Modern , London. Ai Weiwei created the clay seeds individually using workshops in the city of Jingdezhen. The seeds seem identical, but are actually unique. These life-like sunflower seeds are in fact intricately hand-crafted in porcelain.
“Each seed has been individually sculpted and painted by specialists working in small-scale workshops in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen. Far from being industrially produced, they are the effort of hundreds of skilled hands. Poured into the interior of the Turbine Hall’s vast industrial space, the 100 million seeds form a seemingly infinite landscape. Porcelain is almost synonymous with China and, to make this work, Ai Weiwei has manipulated traditional methods of crafting what has historically been one of China’s most prized exports. Sunflower Seeds invites us to look more closely at the ‘Made in China’ phenomenon and the geo-politics of cultural and economic exchange today. Source:”`http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/unileverseries2010/
Funny note: Half way into the exhibition the English Health & Safety department decided the ceramic dust was a hazard and stopped all visitors from walking and interacting with the installation. They can now be viewed from the bridge.
The way Halima Cassel has perfectioned the art of manipulating the planes and facets of a pattern, result in beautiful carved ceramic forms.
Each ceramic piece is so intriguing, making you zoom in on the picture vigorously trying to find out how she possibly did it: where she started, how she carved the facets, etc. I can only admire the craftsmanship, dedication and endless patience that must be behind each of her pieces.
If you -like I did- want to see more of her work to find out how she did it, visit Halima Cassel’s site.