Clay as Canvas: An Alternative Approach to the Ceramic Surface

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Art and Design | Art Practice | Arts and Humanities


Samuel Johnson, Art


From one ton of wet clay, I created over three hundred individual ceramic tiles to hang in various-sized rectangular compositions on the wall. Consisting of low-relief ceramic textures treated with porcelain slips, wax and paint, the pieces hang on the wall like paintings, yet possess the weight and presence of ceramic sculpture. Inspired largely by Minimalist painters, each piece contains marks and textures that reveal the processes and materials employed to create the work, drawing the viewer in through its humble yet undeniable presence and encouraging an interaction between the viewer and the surface. Through this project, I developed a medium and way of working that allowed me to draw from my past experiences of life and art and present emotions to make sincere and meaningful artwork.