Category: Design

Learning the Art of Ceramics

Walking in Gardiner Museum in Toronto, the first artwork that is introduced to us (a group of students) was the 3 ceramics tall vases created by Greg Payce. 

He is born in 1956 and this specific art work installed at the entrance for greetings and  welcoming visitors. Earthenware with Slips was used in this piece with the title of “Apparently”, created in 1999.

At first, one would see 3 tall vases close to each other but with different shapes and colour contrast. When looked deeper at the shapes you can see a boy and a girl looking at each other in the negative space between vases.

One has to have a strong and powerful vision of creating such shapes and slips on the vases to bring the illusion of human body and form. The positive and negative spaces and varieties of bright colours gives a Joyful conjunction.

The contrast of two black on the sides with the colourful stripes in the centre catches the eye and emphasizes more at the centre piece which at the same time harmonizes the balance between them.

The lively illusion of characters looks as if they were about to start a folkloric dance. There is an impression of music in the background, playing off colours and joyous dances in a happy celebration. The composition works so well that the gender can be differentiated.

This art work is a showcase of hope and innocence conveyed by the forms of children along side of history and cultural, symbolized by different colour and surface treatment is cleverly imagined, planned and implemented and shows the artist’s vision, sensitivity and technical expertise.

The layered vessels with stripes and bursts of colour, and the spaces between them that reveals images of a boy and a girl makes an impressive affect. These hidden images show that beauty is found not only in what is built but in the quality of the spaces in-between these creations to an observant visitor!

This ceramic art work brought so much interest in me that some research was required and compiling to get a grasp of this artist and his works. It brought great pleasure to find out that he is a Canadian born artist.

- The piece encourages strong feelings in me as I see an immense authentic similarity between human and clay.  Clay forms through fire, the same way, human forms through life experience and knowledge. It is the life challenges that shape mortals, just as the artist design and build the clay. - It is designed, organized and executed to the perfection that not only the vertical lines are in conjunction and harmony in form and colour, it also gives the viewer the sense of dimension in a reality effect. The effect that is conceptual and untouchable. It offers a powerful feeling of emotion as if these ceramics are whispering their thoughts and stories in a philosophical way.

I have gathered some images of this brilliant artist below:

 I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did ;)

What do you feel about these artworks?

The second step toward my passionate dream!

My dream was to become an artist since I was 14-15 years old, a-full-time-artist!

Perhaps, I was one of the few teenagers among my friends and classmates that had chosen a profession, although for many people Art might not seem like an occupation. Some, were following their parents’ footsteps and they were planning to become a doctor or an engineer, because it was in their blood. Some, were forced by their parents to become a doctor or an engineer. For those who had no idea of their likes and interests, ….. well, they planned to get married, even accepted arranged marriage!

I still can hear my mom then, telling me: “all artists become famous after they die in poverty! So, choose a career that you can depend on for your life and be able to support your self. If you become an artist, you will get nowhere.” Maybe she was right, maybe she was wrong. How would I know if I don’t try it? Since I was refusing to go to university in any other field, she put me in a dressmaking course and I hated it! How can I be good in something that I don’t like?

I think, maybe if I insisted strongly in my beliefs then, I would’ve succeeded in persuading her to let me pursue my passion. I was not a tough kid then, in contrary I was naive and timid and was living in fear of disappointing my family most of the time since I was not able to meet their expectations and rules of conducts.

To make the story short, dressmaking was not in my forte, therefore I had decided to become a fashion designer. At least it was in the designing field and was a choice that would conclude her beliefs and my talent together. Regardless, this career and other occupations that I had all these years never satisfied my longing for art.

 
Some of my designs from 1996
(last collection) – to see the entire collection click here  

Now I am in my 40s, and I believe it’s never too late to make your dream come true. Therefore, I enrolled in a 3 year Visual Art Program, and I have been accepted after an interview! I am so excited and thrilled that after all these years I will finally do something that I always wanted to do.

That was my second step toward my passion to achieve my goal. The first step was to quit my job! ;)

It’s never too late to start fresh in what you believe in. Be brave and confident to follow what is in your heart, and the universe will harmonize in your favour.

What’s your dream or passion?