Surreal Ceramics That Look Like Wood

Sculptor Christopher David White is known for his ceramic creations that double as fantastic optical illusions. It’s hard to believe the hyper realistic pieces are made of clay, as they resemble knotty wood and dilapidated cardboard. These visual effects demonstrate incredible artistic skill, and White utilizes multiple hand-construction methods—such as modeling, molding, and casting – in order to produce the incredible textures that make his sculptures so confounding. Nature’s perpetual transformation is what first inspired White’s body of work – the idea that everything is subject to a cycle of growth and decay, or life and death. “Change is a constant reminder that permanence is the ultimate illusion,” he explains in his artist statement. He adds, “I seek to expose the beauty that often results from decay while, at the same time, making my viewer question their own perception of the world around them.” This forces us to look closely at White’s sculptures, and discovering his intricate details – of mold, moss, grains of weathered wood, and tiny water droplets – brings us a sense of joy as they’re revealed.

Amazing 3D Artwork by Katharine Morling

At the first glance the following art works made from paper or some kind of clay. But after you check them once more you’ll understand that they are ceramics with a touch of the surreal. Just like cartoon handbags that we’ve shown you recently. Award-winning artist Katharine Morling creates whimsical and often outlandish sculpture from porcelain and ceramics. Instead of simply making the pieces and leaving them in their ceramic form, the added touch of black in certain spots creates an illusive effect, making the everyday objects look like drawings in real life.

Under the Surface Ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel

“Under the Surface” ceramics created by artist Beccy Ridsdel play on the metaphor of craft as surgery. In the installation, surgical tools such as clamps and scalpels seemingly peel back the “skin” of plates and mugs, exposing bright floral insides. The pieces mirror the intricacy of the human body while crossing the disciplines of art and medicine. Beautiful and unusual collection!

Hope Bird Collection by Jaime Hayon

Design-Apart, which delivers custom Italian design to the masses, is launching a series of limited edition objects produced in collaboration with top artists and designers around the world. Jaime Hayon was the first designer to be chosen and his collection, Hope Bird, was created with the help of Italian ceramics manufacturer Bosa. The collection is made up of 15 ceramic birds that while being identical in shape and size, are each hand-painted with a unique design. The golden and black painted birds represent hope and an optimistic approach to the future. Each bird stands 2 feet 4 inches tall and only one bird in each design is available starting December 12th.

Contemporary Ceramic Sculptures by Matthew Chambers

Today we want to show you abstract contemporary ceramic sculptures created by British artist Matthew Chambers. “Matthew began his journey in 1993 with a training in handmade tableware with Philip Wood in Nunney, the Somerset village where he grew up. His other education began in 1999 at Bath School of Art, followed with an MA at the Royal College of Art in London from 2002. He currently lives and makes on the Isle of Wight after moving there on a residency at Quay Arts in 2004.” Have fun!