You are now ready to start your journey visiting ceramic artists and their work!
Below are 6 links to sites with the names and artwork of ceramic artists.
1. Title: The American Museum of Ceramic Art:
This site has ceramic information on artists, exhibitions(past, present and virtual)
2. Title: Contemporary Ceramic Art- Ceramics Now
This site has information on ceramic artists, exhibitions and various articles and information about all things ceramics
3. Title: Artists- International Ceramics Directory
This site is a list of 27 countries around the world with and lists and links to their ceramic artists
4. Title: Ceramics and Pottery Arts and Resources
This site is a resource for ceramic artists, techniques, designs and dictionary with weekly posts on various ceramic topics and techniques. Past posts are viewable on the right side bar.
5. Title: Ceramics Now- Ceramics Artist Lists
This site is a list of contemporary ceramic artists. Click on an artist’s name for their information and images of their work.
6. Title: Artsy.net
This site has numerous examples of ceramic art that is available for sale on the contemporary art market and it is very up-to-date on the current trends in ceramics.
Step 1:Research Ceramic Artists
Take your time and explore the work and images on each site above. There are so many different ways in which ceramic artists work, express their ideas, construct their work and decorate their surfaces. Try to visit all the sites and view as many of the artists as you can. You should visit at least 4 of the sites minimum and scroll through the long lists of artists and their work. Do not choose your 10 all from one or two sites and from the top of the lists.
After traveling to visit the different artists and their work, choose 10 that you like and fill out the Artist Inspiration Worksheet #1 as you go. The worksheet can be found in the Credits section further down in the Webquest for you to print. Some things to consider may be subject matter or imagery, construction, process, use of color, surface decoration, etc. Choose pieces that speak to you individually and inspire you!
The worksheet has sections for you to fill out about each artist. Be sure to fill in all the required information which includes:
Name of the artist
Site which you used to find their name and work(you will need to return to the site again)
The name of one piece you especially like and a sketch of it. If color is a main element of the piece, color your sketch on the worksheet.
Notes on what stands out to you- a few points about what you like about the piece (color, design, subject matter etc.)
Hint: See the evaluation rubric to see how I will be evaluating your choices and the number of sites and artists you have reviewed.
Step 2: Choose your top 5
Now you are ready to evaluate your 10 choices and cut it down to your top 5 choices. Fill out the Artist Inspiration Worksheet #2 about your top 5 choices. The #2 Worksheet is also in the Credits section for you to print.
You will need to return to the website you found the artist/piece on to gather more information. You may or may not need to research some more to gather all the information needed for the worksheet. If so, search the artist’s name + ceramic + artist in the search engine.
Information you are required to fill out about your top 5 includes:
The type of clay used (examples: stoneware, earthenware, porcelain)
The construction methods or processes the artist uses. (examples: hand-built, thrown, cast, coil etc.)
A sentence or two about what you like about their work
An idea or ideas on how you might use their work as inspiration for your own future artwork in your sustained investigation. This may include subject matter, construction methods, surface decoration etc.)
Step 3: Create an Artist Statement
Review your top 5 list and think about the information you gathered and your own interests. Use this information as inspiration to create an idea work plan for your first portfolio piece. Then write a 3 paragraph Artist Statement about what you plan to do for your first piece.
Remember: You are using your researched information for inspiration, not copying another artist’s work.
In the first paragraph: Describe what your piece’s subject matter or concept idea will be. Describe what you want to explore or express in your creation.
In the second paragraph: Describe what type of clay you plan to use, construction techniques or processes and plan for the surface decoration.
In the third paragraph: Describe how your artist research inspired your work plan for your own piece.