New Ceramics 1/2017 - Content


Christie Brown, UK
Vladimir Mauke, SL
Virginia Arregui, AU
Patricia Cassone, FR
Nicolae Moldovan, RO
Pit Arens, D
Silvia Albu-Stanescu, D
Kenichi Harayama, JP
Martina Lipowsky, D
Rüdiger Ludwig, D
Antònia Palau, ES

Where we stand in our culture society – Gustav Weiß Art philosophy
Hands of Hope – Michaela Kloeckner Education


ICMEA  –  Fuping / Peking, CN
Keramikschule Landshut  –  D
Céramique de la Gare  –  Bannstein – FR
Contemporary ceramics – Céramique Actuelle –  Ludwigsburg, D
30th Gold Coast Award – Gold Coast, AU
47th AIC Congress – Barcelona, ES

Decorative Techniques with a Saw – Mels Boom Developing Skills

Alex Siesbye (TR / DN) / Ken Mihara (JP) – Shao Ting-Ju

Laura Silvagni  –  Evelyne Schoenmann Interview / Developing Skill

DATES / Exhibitions / Galleries / Museums




New Ceramics 1/2017

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    Christie Brown – UK, Vladimir Mauke – SL, Virginia Arregui – AU, Patricia Cassone – FR, Nicolae Moldovan – RO, Pit Arens – D, Silvia Albu-Stanescu – D, Kenichi Harayama – JP, Martina Lipowsky – D, Rüdiger Ludwig – D, Antònia Palau – ES

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    In FORUM Gustav Weiß: Where we stand in our culture society

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    ICMEA  –  Fuping / Peking – CN, Keramikschule Landshut  –  München – D, Céramique de la Gare  –  Bannstein – FR, Contemporary ceramics – Céramique Actuelle –  Ludwigsburg Germany, 30th Gold Coast Award – Gold Coast – AU, 47th AIC Congress – Barcelona – ES

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    Ting-Ju Shao presents Alev Siesbye from the Turkey / Denmark and Ken Mihara from Japan.

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    Evelyne Schoenmann visits Laura Silvagni in her studio

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    Dates and Exhibitions from Amsterdam to Winzer



Profile: Christie Brown – UK, Virginia Arregui – AU, Patricia Cassone – FR, Kenichi Harayama – JP Forum: Where we stand in our culture society –  Gustav Weiß Exhibitions: ICMEA  –  Fuping / Peking – CN, Keramikschule Landshut  –  München – D, 30th Gold Coast Award – Gold Coast- AU

Christie Brown (GB)

Narrative Strategies
Christie Brown came to prominence in the mid-1980s, in the vanguard of a new generation of figurative ceramic artists in the UK, whose work challenged the era’s primary focus on the vessel form. After taking a General Arts degree she worked as a TV researcher before re-thinking her career path in the early 80s via further studies on the Studio Pottery Course at Harrow College of Art. Initially known as a maker of graceful bas-relief figures, by the mid-90s her work had became fully three-dimensional and her representations of the human form had taken on a more disquieting, haunting presence. Over the course of her career Brown has explored a variety of themes, all underpinned by a range of enduring concerns, notably the relationships between historical artefacts, mythological narratives and contemporary experience.

She employs a variety of materials and processes; however, for the past two decades the technique of press moulding has been central to her practice.

(Tessa Peters)

Christie Brown

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Virginia Arregui (AU)

Life in Tiles

Virginia Arregui is an Australian artist whose main medium and passion is ceramic tile art. Virginia began her early art career doing hand painted ceramics such as bowls and platters. However, extensive travels throughout Europe significantly impacted the artist and inspired in her a love of all things European, notably ceramic tile art. Upon returning to Australia, Virginia began working on modern interpretations of

Old World ceramic art and tile murals. She honed and perfected her craft and this style has been the mainstay of the artist’s work ever since. Of the influence of her European travels upon her art Virginia observes, “Europe’s tile murals, history, colour and architecture impacted my artwork and my art techniques immeasurably and from this my career in ceramic tile artwork was born”.

(Jen MacCulloch and Virginia Arregui )

Virginia Arregui

Patricia Cassone (FR)

Nearly 30 years of working in ceramic art …

Freedom has always been a guiding force for my work. Freedom is a direction to maintain with the pleasure, the love to create with clay as sole guide.
The first person who enabled me to feel this is RYOJI KOIE in Japan, 20 years ago already … I had the opportunity to be one of ten who participated in this first official visit of meetings between French potters and Japanese potters in 1995. This Japan, I had dreamed about … for such a long time, doubtless since my last life as a Japanese potter, as my Japanese ceramist friends say jokingly, so much my ties seem obvious and sensitive.

It was thus the beginning of my journeys in Japan and then invitations to have exhibitions, to participate in workshops, to stay in residence, to live in Japan … After 2003, when I was invited to participate in the international workshop IWCAT, in 2005 I stayed six months in residence at Tokoname, working in a studio lent by the Art Nagoya University, which was supported by ceramic artists SUGIE JUNPEI and SHIBATA MASAAKI.

Patricia Cassone

Kenichi Harayama (JP)

Nonobjective Minimalism

Kenichi Harayama is a Japanese sculptor who creates non-objective artworks. As he says, he likes to create work that reflects the desire to “see what he has never seen.” He strives to deliberately form his work, rather than rely on process as a mode of expression. Beauty and human expression lie at the heart of his studio practice.

Harayama was born in 1972 in Machida-City in Tokyo and grew up in a middleclass family. His mother was artistic and worked in graphic design and textiles. It was from her that Harayama became interested in art. Harayama studied art in the Department of Craft and Design at Kanazawa College of Art. At the time, the prevailing aesthetic of modern ceramic sculpture did not sit convincingly with the young man. Professors were insular and seldom showed images of artwork being made in the outside world. There was little contact with other schools. His peers’ work lacked originality, and he felt their ideas seldom had “potential for expansion.” (He remembers a student who used gunpowder to explode clay; good form but the concept did not have “long legs.”)

(Marc Leuthold)

Kenichi Harayama

Where we stand in our culture society

Culture is what people make of themselves and their world. The age in which everyone could show what they were really made of is coming to a close. It is becoming more contemplative and asking what will happen next. Anyone who is concerned about the future of ceramics will not be unmoved by this question.

Modern times are turning into the Postmodern age. Characteristic features of both permeate all the key areas of culture:

science and philosophy, technology, economics, art and religion.

In all of the arts, the pluralism that is typical of Modernism manifests itself (“anything goes”). The pluralism of Modernism leads to arbitrariness, to eclecticism, to a lack of endeavour to the danger of a crudely developed will to form. To the decline of the drive to create culture into arbitrariness.

(Gustav Weiß)

Me, Society and a Thousand Heavens

5th International Ceramic Magazine Editors Symposium 2016

in Fuping and at the Academy of Art & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 25 October – 2 November 2016

It is a remarkable event, even for Chinese standards. In 2001, there was the first international exchange on contemporary ceramics in Fuping with the Fuping Pottery Art Village. In 2003, as a consequence, construction work began on the International Ceramic Art Museum in Fuping, which was inaugurated in 2004, where simultaneously the first meeting of a group of publishers and editors-in-chief of international ceramics magazines took place, which in turn led to the founding of the International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association (ICMEA) and at thwich the first international competition for emerging ceramic artists was held.

Since that time, the Pottery Art Village has been available for artists’ residencies.

(Bernd Pfannkuche)

Opening ceremony of the Symposium


The Wisdom of Old Age and Modernity
A retrospective of the Keramikschule Landshut covering 144 years of ceramic training at the Galerie Handwerk, München, 17 January – 18 February 2017

Galerie Handwerk, the gallery of the Chamber of Skilled Trades in Munich, has a reputation for its outstanding, rigorously curated exhibitions of contemporary craft.
Visitors to this gallery are guaranteed to find exhibits from the crafts that represent the contemporary Zeitgeist or that provide them with a deeper insight into the historical dimension of this specific trade. For a number of years now, Galerie Handwerk has devoted itself particularly to the theme of ceramics, and mainly in the spring, it presents exhibitions from this field of the crafts.

In January and February, a major retrospective documents the history of the tradition-steeped Keramik-schule in Landshut, which has been in existence since 1873, when it was founded as the Königliche Töpferschule – the Royal School of Pottery.

(Annette Ode)

View of the exhibition

30th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art

27 August – 23 October 2016
Gold Coast City Arts Centre, Australia

Sunshine, endless beaches and skyscrapers. Exciting nightlife, famous theme parks, glitz and glamour, behind it the rich green of the hinterland rainforest and the mountain ranges. Welcome to the Gold Coast, for thirty years home to the International Gold Coast Ceramic Awards. In 1982, the first exhibition was local, today it is international and takes place every two years. Ceramists from Australia and all over the world apply to take part in the competition for the juicy first prize of AU$ 10,000. From 250 applications, 51 participants were selected with nine pieces from overseas (1 NZ, 5 UK, 1 US, 1 South Korea and 1 Germany).

The Gold Coast City Art Gallery also has one of the largest ceramics collections in Australia.

(Michaela Kloeckner)

Stephen Bird

Artist Journal: Alev Siesbye and Ken Mihara

Alev Siesbye is a Danish citizen, living in Paris since 1984. Her work is beyond description. Every unique shape and colour reveals the richness and serenity of the universe.

“Mesopotamian, Anatolian, Egyptian, ancient Greek arts, the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas have been in my memory since my childhood. Things that move me. The way a Kuros figure (500 B.C.),  a Sung horse, a stone in the middle of a field …. They just stand there, very still, with a vibration they spread around them. It is magic!”

Ken Mihara
Mihara was born in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, Japan, in 1958. A Japanese philosopher of the Nishida school once saw Ryoan-ji (Temple of the Dragon at Peace) and said, “In this garden, I found infinite tranquillity and fathomless depth”. One looks at Ken Mihara’s work in the same mood and state of mind. He introduces natural landscapes and the philosophy of Zen into his austere, serene, mysterious, and ethereal objects, of which the seemingly simple appearance contains one of the most meticulous treatments of twists on ceramic slabs, while infusing them with the profound colours of nature.

(Ting-Ju SHAO)

Alev Siesbye

Ken Mihara

In Studio with Laura Silvagni

Together with her family, Laura is a specialist in the field of majolica. In addition, she lives and works in Italy’s most famous ceramics city, Faenza. She immediately agreed to let our readers in on some of the secrets of majolica.

(Evelyne Schoenmann)

Laura Silvagni

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