Posts Tagged ‘ceramics’

Artist of the moment……Fujikasa Satoko



Fujikasa Satoko is a world renown Japanese ceramicist. Fujikasa Satoko was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan in the year 1980. Satoko attended the Tokyo University for the Arts where she earned a masters degree in the fine arts.

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Though she is a sculptor, her work reminds me of the painter Daniel Adel. Adel often paints subjects that are very free flowing including crumpled paper and water.

Satoko is featured in many prestigious collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in New York City, and Minneapolis Museum of Art located in Minnesota.





Artist of the moment…….Josh Smith


Josh Smith is an contemporary American painter renown for his abstract and collage works which often feature his own name. Josh Smith was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in the year 1976.

Smith attended Miami University for two years before earning a B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.


In many works the artist uses text and also symbols such as leaves, skeletons, and fish. Smith has conquered many mediums in addition to painting including printmaking, sculpture, bookmaking, and ceramics.

In this clip we visit a show of Josh Smith with our beloved friend James Kalm:

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Below a link to the website of artist Josh Smith:

Smith is part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Art located in New York City.

The artist is based out of New York City.




Artist of the moment……..Michael Lucero


Michael Lucero is an American ceramics master with a very unique style. Michael Lucero was born in Tracy, California in the year 1953.

Lucero attended the University of Washington earning a B.F.A. and also an M.F.A. from Humboldt State.

The artist is a multiple winner of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.

The artist tries to use clay to show that it can be as fascinating as marble with his end results.


Lucero often works with the figure as his muse. He also uses ideas and themes from many cultures including North and South America and even the Pre- Colombian era.

Price range information: Many works priced between $3,000 and $10,000.

Lucero is part of the American Craft Museum located in New York City.

What a unique style. Its great to see clay can be so expressive.





Artist of the moment……….Rudy Autio


Rudy Autio was an American artist renown for his work with ceramics and sculpture. Rudy Autio was born in Butte, Montana in the year 1926.

Autio attended Montana State University at Bozeman, Montana where he earned a B.F.A. Autio went on to earn a M.F.A. from Washington State University located in Pullman, Washington.

Rudy Autio was a professor at the University of Montana and started the ceramics program in Missoula in 1957. The artist Beth Lo, profiled yesterday took over his post at the University after Autio retired.


Below we visit the artist in his studio and view some of his works. This clip is great to see the scale of Autio’s larger vessels:

Rudy Autio passed away in 2006 at the age of 80 years old.

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What unique style. I enjoy his ceramics work very much as the artist was a master at drawing with line. The works aren’t just a vessel with a unique shape, Autio’s vessels contains a wonderful mix of line and color that make them seem like an animated vase.

Autio is part of the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Missoula, Montana Art Museum.


Artist of the moment…….Beth Lo



Beth Lo is a ceramics artist renown for her work depicting the figure, mainly children. Beth Lo was born in Lafayette, Indiana in the year 1949. Lo attended the University of Michigan earning a bachelors degree in general studies. Lo went on to study ceramics and earn an M.F.A. from the University of Montana at Missoula. She studied with a renown ceramics artist Rudy Autio.

After Autio retired in 1985, Beth Lo took over his post as a professor.

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The artist is based out of Missoula, Montana. She is an art professor at the great University of Montana at Missoula.

In this clip we take a trip to Missoula to visit the studio of the artist. I would fast forward to the 1:54 mark in the clip where the interview begins:

Lo is a past grant winner of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lo’s plates remind me of Picasso’s. Her work’s seem to be more narrative in nature, but I enjoy the end result. What a master at creating figurative work either flat or in three dimensions.




Artists of the moment……..Gene and Rebecca Tobey

Gene and Rebecca Tobey were a wonderful artistic duo who worked mainly with ceramics producing wonderful modernist animal works.

Gene Tobey was born in Utah in the year 1945. Gene worked as a pottery instructor at Casper Community College located in Casper, Wyoming. Gene also taught in Oregon.

Gene Tobey passed away from cancer in 2006 at the age of 60.

Below are some works by Gene Tobey:


Rebecca Tobey has also worked in a similar style as her husband using ceramics to produce modernist animals.

Rebecca Tobey was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the year 1948. Her mother enjoyed painting and her father a scientist. Tobey attended Adelphi University located in New York City.

Below are some works made by Rebecca Tobey. Rebecca has also produced wonderful watercolor paintings on embossed paper.



As a couple the team did many large works including a statue for the School of Law located at Baylor University located in Texas. Gene and Rebecca Tobey were married in 1985. The duo was based out of Mason, Texas. As a couple the team experimented with new mediums including bronzes.

The couple met in Sante Fe, New Mexico in the year 1984. Rebecca was a gallery director and Gene was showing his pottery at this location.

As a team Gene was the sculptor and Rebecca was the glaze technician.

Below are some wonderful works made by the duo.

What a unique and modernist work. Many schools of art including the Shona artists of Zimbabwe seem to be represented in their works. My favorite are the buffalo with painted birds. Very unique!

Below a clip featuring the Tobey family:

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I usually include a link to artist’s website but my McAfee Site Advisor appeared before trying to enter the site so I will not post a link at this moment.

What a wonderful artistic family!


Artist of the moment………Ceramic artist Marilyn Levine


Marilyn Levine is a fantastic artistic who works with ceramics in a hyper realist style. Marilyn Levine was born in Alberta, Canada in the year 1935.

Levine depicts such soft subjects as socks but her style works best with old worn items including leather jackets and suitcases.

Levine attended college the University of Regina and the University of Alberta. She studied at the University of California at Berkeley. Levine is certainly of the smartest artists profiled here! She earned a bachelors and masters degree in chemistry before studying art and sculpture in the United States.

A link to the website of Marilyn Levine:

The artist also taught at the collegiate level in both the United States and Canada.

Marilyn Levine passed away in 2005.

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What wonderful texture the artist was able to achieve in depicting items made with leather.





Artist of the moment……Beatrice Wood


Beatrice Wood was an American artist who worked in several mediums her favorite being ceramics. Beatrice Wood was born in San Francisco, California to a wealthy family in the year 1893. She was fluent in French and decided to move to Paris to study. Wood attended the Academie Julian located in Paris and also took acting classes.

Along with Marcel Duchamp she started a magazine called the Blind Man. The magazine covered the Dada Art movement.

Woods story of how she got to be an artist is unique in that she was visiting Europe and bought some plates with a terrific luster. She couldn’t find a matching teapot to go with her new dinnerware in Los Angeles (her home at the time) so she tried to make one herself and she found her favorite medium.

Wood is also comparable to Grandma Moses in that Moses became a true artist after 70. Beatrice Wood became a published author at the young age of ninety years old! She credited chocolate and young men for giving her writing talents.

Its great to see someone achieve success on a commercial level at an advanced age. Makes me have a different thought about the magazines who feature the Best of Artists 65 and Older. They may still have another 3 to 4 decades of growth.

In this clip from a movie about Beatrice Wood, we listen to interviews of people who were friends and family members and also view footage of Wood:

Beatrice Wood is probably the oldest artist ever profiled here! Wood passed away in 1998 at the age of 105 years old!

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $200,000.




Artist of the moment……..David Burnham Smith


David Burnham Smith is a self taught artist from the United Kingdom who is renown for his work with ceramics.

David B. Smith is self taught as an artist.

The artist was injured as a young man on a motorcycle. This caused him to remain still and as a result he learned to draw and practiced daily. His hospital stay lasted nearly two years. During this time another artist ended up giving him lessons whilst he was in hospital, the artist name was Erian Slack.

After he left the hospital Smith was a studio assistant for Slack. After this period of time Smith was able to find full time work as a graphics designer.

Smith started off as a collector of fine china. What he bought was usually damaged, but it was what he could afford. Smith researched his subject and eventually made his own pottery restoration studio in his own house.

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Artist of the moment……The Martin Brothers

The Martin Brothers were four gentleman who ran a pottery manufacturing company that made the break from Victorian Ceramic to a more modernist, artistic, and studio  approach to ceramics and stoneware. The brothers were renowned for their works dealing with birds.

Robert Martin was the founder of the company. Robert had attended art school and was trained as a sculptor. The artist attended the Lambeth School of Art.

Walter Martin was the main thrower working on the wheel.

Edward Martin worked on the wheel and specialized in working with creatures of the sea and ocean. This artist also studied at the Lambeth School of Art.

Works can be found in various museum collections located in England.

Price range information: Most works range from $2,000 to $10,000.

Occasionally works by the Martin show up at auction at major houses including Christies.

Another great family of artists! Similar to the Duchamps in that regard.

In this clip we view a classic work by the Martin family dealing with birds. A young fan talks about the work:


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