On the Surface: Contemporary Ceramics
On view through June 30, 2023
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, Rhode Island
Dip, brush, pour, scratch, paint—there are countless ways to adorn ceramics. Some techniques are studied and passed down for generations, while others are proprietary. Many formulas for glazes are hard-won secrets: measured, mixed, and tested over and over again to achieve a desired color or effect. From the mid-1900s to today, artists working in ceramics have continued to revise old methods and experiment with new ones, drawing inspiration from the world around them and pushing the boundaries of their medium. These cases present seven different techniques for decorating ceramics—slip, sgraffito, unadorned, decals, texture, glaze, and painting—and the variety of approaches that artists have taken to each.
[Image: Howard Kottler, Incognito, 1969. Georgianna Sayles Aldrich Fund. © Howard Kottler]