New Angles: daily inspiration

Bodil Manz

Posted in ceramics by menno1976 on October 20, 2009

Danish ceramicist Bodil Manz makes stunning translucent pots. She is a master at casting paper thin porcelain. I’ve tried slip casting myself, so I know how hard it is to create really thin porcelain bodies. Her level of achievement is just amazing!


Margaret O’Rorke

Posted in ceramics by menno1976 on October 9, 2009

British ceramicist Margaret O’Rorke is a master at creating the most wonderfully organic porcelain light sculptures.

I found these beautiful pictures of her work at Galerie Besson and Cast Light.


‘Hanging Circles’


Jeremy Cole and Chris Cunningham

Posted in ceramics, design, interiors, lighting, photography by menno1976 on September 20, 2009

It’s been 10 years after the release of Björk’s “All is Full of Love” (directed by Chris Cunningham) and it’s still one of my favourite videos. I love the milky smooth texture of the robots vs the black inner machinery and the sparks caused by the machines that are assembling them. Apart from the beautiful imagery, I also like the message of the video very much: Everything “melts” through the power of love, even cold and seemingly lifeless robots. Apparently the robots were sculpted from clay and not from plastic or metal.
It’s the white and black bone china, the smooth shapes and the metal parts in these ceramic suspension lamps by Jeremy Cole that remind me of the video. Enjoy!

Aloe Noir by Jeremy Cole

Aloe Blossom
interior design by Kate Hume

Aloe Shoot
interior design by Kate Hume

 All is Full of Love – Björk

Directed by Chris Cunningham

Ryota Aoki

Posted in art, ceramics, crafts - art by menno1976 on September 15, 2009

Photo: Toyomi Nakamura

Ceramics is one of my passions and when I saw this ceramicist’s work, I felt a bit jealous of his ability to create those clean lines, the smoothest bone china and the metallic glazes. Ryota Aoki, born in Toyama Prefecture, Japan, says that it took him six years to reach this level of accomplishment:

photo by PingMag

Photo: Tadayuki Minamoto

Photo: Tadayuki Minamoto

Watch Ryota Aoki working in his studio. The finished pieces are just gorgeous!

Kirstie van Noort’s ceramics

Posted in ceramics, design by menno1976 on September 5, 2009

I don’t know exactly what I entered in the search box on flickr, but I was certainly delighted to have found Kirstie van Noort’s work. What treasures one can find by doing a random google or flickr search! The neutrals and greens work so well together, as well as the contrasts between the different surfaces (matte vs glossy).

Kirstie is studying at the Eindhoven Design Academy and if she continues to deliver this kind of work she will certainly be the next design star from the Netherlands.

Clayrew’s Guardians and Goddesses

Posted in ceramics, crafts - art by menno1976 on September 3, 2009

I’m addicted to Etsy. Looking for all things handmade or vintage has never been more fun and easy! I always get so inspired by all that creativity on the site.
Lately I’m attracted to softer, pagan-looking items and that’s probably because I’ve been listening to too much Goldfrapp’s Seventh Tree… Ceramic and fiber artist Clayrew‘s work in particular reminds me of the Maltese fertility temples and the Venuses from Asia Minor. These great mothers are watching over us and are connected to the animal kingdom, our deeper, hidden emotions and the spirit world. How can anyone resist them?

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Priscilla Mouritzen

Posted in ceramics by menno1976 on August 31, 2009

I’m a big, big fan of Priscilla Mouritzen’s work. This South-African born ceramicist is living in Denmark and all of her work is hand built. I have a bit of a ceramics fetish myself and Priscilla is a huge inspiration to me. I love the organic feel of her work. Also the fire from the wood fired kilns gives the porcelain a special touch, it’s like the bowls came to life by it.
You can find her lovely flickr gallery here.

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