Art

Ceramic and wood combos as ideal holiday gifts

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Art | Comments Off on Ceramic and wood combos as ideal holiday gifts

Ceramic and wood combos as ideal holiday giftsEven ceramicists, commercial or expressionistic, and good old-fashioned cabinet makes need a break. At around this time or in a matter of days for others who can’t seem to stop doing what they love, most artists will be downing their tools for a good cause. The celebration of Christmas is probably more traditional than religious for most secular Britons today. Also, British urban society, particularly in and around London, is through heritage and history more multicultural than most urban centers and cities from around the world. Invariably, non-Christians also willingly join in the festivities and cheer.

A reflection of culture

The UK’s diverse cultures are generally reflected in the woodcrafts and ceramic works of art produced by both amateur and professional artists. That being said, these same artists are willingly taking their holiday break, not just to rest and spend time with family and friends, but also because they have met their targets in supplying the general public with more than enough inspirational ideas in that other challenging art of giving. The artists are also able to observe the festivities up close, and the moment they return to their studios, they will have already begun chiseling and molding while their new set of inspirational ideas are still fresh in their minds.

Because time was always a factor, wood sculptors have been able to successfully adapt to the turning mechanisms of the sculpting wood lathe which was manufactured with art and creativity in mind. Never sacrificing their integrity as artists, they nevertheless managed to mass-produce for the holiday shoppers, perhaps making it more difficult to make discerning and considerate choices when it comes to buying gifts for loved ones.

Popular choices

The same criteria have applied to the British ceramicists for centuries now. Today, no-one needs to be reminded of the legacies and traditions of ceramic art left by the master craftsmen of old. Today, remnants of British culture and history can still be seen in modernistic and sustainable constructions, from marbled halls of state of the art apartment complexes to the high-rise office blocks. On more intricate levels, this is seen in the way something as small as a bathroom tap has been finely crafted and coated.

At this time of the year when folks finally go out to do their Christmas shopping, they are spoilt for choice, and no matter what they have in mind to buy, the influence and impression left by ceramicists and woodcrafters is seen in pretty much everything on the shelves before the shoppers’ eyes. Something as humble as a wooden salad bowl with accompanying spoon and fork for tossing leaves is always a popular choice for those who have practicality and usefulness in mind. For those who only have love in their hearts, ceramic vases of all shapes and sizes are also popular.

They say Christmas is a time for giving. Ceramicists and their fellow-artists can put their feet up for now because they have given more than enough this time around.

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Going back to our roots to create great works of art

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Art | Comments Off on Going back to our roots to create great works of art

Going back to our roots to create great works of art is actually an essential tool of trade for artists in general and no less so for ceramicists. Being in touch of who you are as an artist and culturally tuned in human being is a continuous source of inspiration and new modeling ideas. As creative people say; the well never runs dry.

And when the urn is dry on a given day, it may well be time for the ceramic artist to begin worrying. Has he lost his creative spark? And does he need a new lease of life to reignite the old flame?

The well never runs dry

This dilemma is an occupational hazard that does at some stage or another in the artists’ lives affect any one of them. But, this does not happen often. Ceramicists, in particular, know what needs to be done next. By nature, they are also entrepreneurs, so standing still for long periods of time is not part of their job description. Arbalist Zone is just one of the many other places that artists like ceramicists find themselves at. In the case of this website, it turns out that the practice of using crossbows is very much part of their cultural landscape.

In fact, we can go as far as to say that it is an important part of their cultural heritage. We have mentioned this before; standing about in wonderment is also not part of the ceramic artist’s workmanlike scheme of doing things. Rather than admiring the ancient hunting tools that their forefathers once used, you can expect them to actually try using the instruments as well. As artists, it’s essential to truly immerse themselves in what they are observing, touching and, in this case, using.

Legends as a source of inspiration

To explain the artist’s involvement, say, getting to the root of whom they are and where they’ve come from, we can also take a different path and describe the process another way. Let’s also use the example of an avid writer, worth the words he puts to paper.

Like ceramic artists, research and story development is an important process for the astute writer. Like ceramicists, the writer will be poring over volumes of other written works as part of his extensive research. And like these pottery experts, you can also expect the writer to actually involve himself in some role-playing to help him get to know his fictional characters.

Finally, we can also make a direct correlation with UK writers and their pottery peers. Their countryside is a rich reservoir of cultural inspiration and fresh ideas.

Let’s close this post inspirationally then. These writers and ceramicists will have thought about this along the way; think about legends such as King Arthur and Robin Hood. And think about how many stories have been written and pots have been crafted bearing the mark of these legends.

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