Posts Tagged ‘ceramist’

Artist of the moment……Ching-Liang Chen


Chen Ching- Liang is a contemporary ceramist who is renown for his art which recreates the texture of wood in clay. Chen Ching- Liang was born in the south of Taiwan in the year 1953. The artist comes from a family of farming.

Chen Ching- Liang often works with the table and chairs as a favorite subject. It reminds him of what he considers to be the funnest time of anyone’s life, a child! No responsibilities or worries, just fun!

The artist first began his work with clay by doing his own style of teapots. He has now worked with ceramics for 35 years.

His family wanted him to be a farmer, but he didn’t want this for a career and he ran away from home. It took three tries, but Ching- Liang Chen passed his exam and entered the National Taiwan Academy of Art with hopes of becoming a nationally renown painter.

When he finished college the regional economy was tough. The artist found success in creating ceramic tea pots. The tea pots led him to wood and his signature trompe style.

The artist’s wife, who was his girlfriend at the time, visited the United States and studied dance in college. She brought a teapot that Ching- Liang Chen had made for her and showed to her ceramics teacher. Her teacher was very impressed with the skill of the teapot artist.

The teacher got the permission for the artist to come and immediately began teaching ceramics at the collegiate level. The artist also had his works shown in the U.S. for  the first time. It was a very successful adventure and Ching- Liang Chen taught very successful classes as the public was eager to learn from this master ceramist.

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The artist is based out of Neihu, a suburb of the Taipei, Taiwan.

He often works on a piece for half a year. Works are purchased before they are finished!

What a fascinating subject matter!



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………Harvey Littleton

Harvey Littleton was a great ceramic and glass artist born in Corning, New York in 1922. His father worked for the Corning Glassworks company as a lead researcher and is credited with inventing a glassware still used today called Pyrex.

For his artistic education Littleton attended the University of Michigan where he studied physics for three semesters. The artist quit school and attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Blooming Hills, Michigan. The artist would eventually study industrial design. Whilst a student he was able to learn from two master sculptors Marshall Fredericks and Carl Milles.

Littleton went on to earn a bachelors degree from Michigan and a masters degree of fine art from the Crannbrook Academy. His career started as a ceramist working with simple forms including vases and basic cylinders.

Littleton was key in bringing glass ware from an industrial setting to a more studio setting where studio artists could easily work with his favorite material, glass. The artist gave the first studio glass blowing seminar in 1962 at the Toledo Museum of Art.

The artist served in the Army for three years.

A short clip and brief biography about Harvey Littleton:

In this video we visit Littleton at his workshop:

A student of Littleton that went on to have tremendous respect in the field is the master glass artist Dale Chihuly already profiled here.

Littleton retired from teaching in 1976 to concentrate on his own art.

Harvey Kline Littleton passed away in 2013 at the age of 91 years old.

What wonderful contributions this artist made to the world of glass. Its also interesting to see how a great scientist (his father) was a key element in his appreciation of glass. Where his dad saw industry, the son saw art!


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Harvey Littleton is part of many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Art located in New York City.