Laurent Craste and vandalism

Laurent Craste (1968), ceramist and painter. Of french origin, Laurent Craste has been living and working in Montreal for the past 22 years. His career has involved both a studio practice in contemporary ceramics and the teaching of ceramics at the college level. In 2003, Laurent Craste received the prestigious Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramists,…

Andrés Gallardo and broken porcelain

Andrés Gallardo (1977) and Marina Casal (1981), jewelry and ceramic. It all started from a selection of found porcelain figures that were reinterpreted and set into whimsical, nature- based jewelry pieces. The porcelain figures were broken into bits to be polished by hand and them re-assembled into subjective and surrealistic compositions. Andres Gallardo and Marina…

Katsuyo Aoki and filgree

Katsuyo Aoki (1972), ceramist and sculptor. Currently, she uses ceramics as her material in her method of expression, incorporating various decorative styles, patterns, and symbolic forms as her principal axis in creating her works. The decorative styles and forms she alludes to and incorporate in her works each contain a story based on historical backgrounds…

Jennifer McCurdy and incisions

Jennifer McCurdy (1955), ceramist. Jennifer McCurdy’s hand-thrown porcelain is at once stark and elaborate. Natural curves coil and fold effortlessly around each other, creating exquisite spirals and spheres that reach both toward themselves and skyward. In their organic shades, McCurdy’s pieces appear lithe and fragile in their structures but are actually incredibly strong. As she…

Xavier Monsalvatje and factories

Xavier Monsalvatje (1965), ceramist and painter. Graduated in Ceramic Art at the School of Applied Arts in Valencia (Spain) in 1988. Since 1990 his work has been divided between ceramic, sculpture, painting and installation, but mainly focused in the study of industrial architecture, in architectural recovery, in the aesthetics of these elements and their unique…