Posts Tagged ‘potter’

Artist of the moment……Alex Matisse

 

Alex Matisse is the great grandson of the renown painter Henri Matisse and also a world renown clay potter. Alex Matisse was born in the year 1984. His family has been involved in the art world for many decades as his father Pierre Matisse was a gallery owner.

Matisse left college early to study privately with master potters Matt Jones and Mark Hewitt.

 

In this clip we view Alex Matisse at work decorating a plate:

Again we view the artist at work on a new piece!:

Alex Matisse formed his own company, East Fork Pottery which his based out of North Carolina. The company makes a wide variety of ceramic and clay items for purchase, below a link to the companies website.

http://eastforkpottery.com/

price range information: Sorry none available.

Its great to see another multiple generation of artists and gallery owners!

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Artist of the moment…… Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez was born in 1887 in San Ildefionso Pueblo, New Mexico. She and her family helped to renew interest in the ancient black pottery made by her people. This area of Mexico is nearly 20 miles from Sante Fe. Its where the artist and her family live and execute their knowledge of pottery.  Martinez was a Tewa Native American.

Maria Martinez learned how to create her pottery by watching her aunt Nicolasa and another women from the area named Maraget Tafoya. Maria Martinez was given a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In this clip we watch as Maria Martinez and son go to collect the dirt to make her famous black clay pots. One of my favorite interviews!:

An excavation led by a Edgar Hewett led to some black on black pottery examples. Hewett wanted to find an artist who he could help teach to make a more modern version, perhaps for museums of these wonderful black vessels. He chose Maria Martinez as the artist to execute his plan.

Maria was disappointed as she could not get her black as dark as the ancient methods. She put these works out of view. However, when shown these works they sold very quickly and her method of making them “modern pottery!” And she was a very successful as an artist.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Maria Martinez passeda way in 1980.

Yet another great family of artists! Its great to see how in tune with their materials they use, just different parts of the earth and water. So simple yet so beautiful.

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Artist of the moment…….Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu was a very successful artist who  specialized in ceramics and earthenware.  Toshiko Takaezu was born in the year 1922 in Pepeekeo, Hawaii her parents of Japanese decent. For her collegiate education Takaezu attended the University of Hawaii located in Honolulu. Takaezu also attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Some themes in her ceramic work were tree forms and the moon.

A large influence on Toshiko Takaezu was the artist Toyo Kaneshige, himself a world renown potter. Toyo Kaneshige was deemed a living national treasure for his work with ceramics. Kaneshige acted as a mentor to Takaezu during the 1950s.

The artist was part of the teaching faculty at Princeton University and also the Cleveland Art Institute.

A book has been published featuring the life and career of Toshiko Takaezu. A link to this website promoting it is below:

http://www.toshikobook.com/

In this clip a long documentary on the life and work of Toshiko Takaezu:

In this clip a poet laureate tells us what she admires about the work of Toshiko Takaezu. Its interesting how marks remind the poet of text and calligraphy.

Toshiko Takaezu is part of many prominent museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art Institute, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Toshiko Takaezu passed away in 2011 at the age of 88 years old.

Price range information:  Most vessels range between $2,000 and $10,000.

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Artist of the moment……Ceramic artist George Ohr

George Ohr was born in Biloxi, Mississippi in the year 1857. Ohr is also referred to as the ” Mad Potter of Biloxi.” Ohr was a great self promoter and how about the pictures of the artist, which seem right off of a FACEBOOK homepage! Ohr had worked in many industries before finding his love of ceramics when he became an apprentice at 1879.

Ohr’s parents came to the United States from Germany. His mother ran a neighborhood grocery store. His father ran a blacksmith shop.

In 1894 a bad fire swept thru the town of Biloxi and destroyed many houses and the studio of George Ohr.

Though his work is now seen as acceptable and is in high demand now, at the time he was ridiculed for breaking the rules making precision pottery. Ohr boasted that no two works of his were alike.

Ohr was renowned for unique shapes and pinched edges. He was also outstanding at developing unique glazes for his ceramics which have been very hard for other artists to imitate.

In Biloxi, Mississippi a museum exists dedicated to his art and the art of Georgia O’Keefe.

George Ohr passed away in 1918 at the age of 60 years old from throat cancer.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $50,000.

In this clip a brief biography with pictures of the artist and some works:

George Ohr. What a character! Perfect for the Youtube/ Etsy generation! Like Oprah says, OWN your success!

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