Elizabeth Shriver

Elizabeth Shriver Ceramics

Elizabeth Shriver's profile on Ceramics Now Magazine - View her works

“I work with clay to create an array of graceful, sensuous, organic forms. These pieces are made through a variety of hand-building methods such as slab-building, coiling, pinching, and forming with molds. Rarely relying on glaze, I use textures, stains, and colored clay to add visual and tactile interest. I am drawn toward neutral earth tones that complement rather than distract from my intricate sculptural vessels.

The curving lines and interplay of light and shadow in my work generate an illusion of movement, giving each piece an almost lifelike quality. A successful piece is one that begs to be touched as well as explored visually.” Elizabeth Shriver

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Patricia Sannit: Double Crater 212, 2012, 6”x13”x7”, cast, carved and incised found and reclaimed clays, slip and stain

Patricia Sannit: Double Crater 212, 2012, 6”x13”x7”, cast, carved and incised found and reclaimed clays, slip and stain

Patricia Sannit: Cone Guard, 2010, 7”x11”x7”, cast, carved and incised found and reclaimed clays, slip and stain

Patricia Sannit: Cone Guard, 2010, 7”x11”x7”, cast, carved and incised found and reclaimed clays, slip and stain

Interview with Jenni Ward - Spotlight, April 2012

SPOTLIGHT, April 2012: Jenni Ward

/ Read the full interview in Ceramics Now - Issue Two

Ceramics Now Magazine
: You are presenting yourself as a sculptor even though you have a BFA in Ceramics. What are you currently working on?

Jenni Ward: Although I’ve been educated in all aspects of ceramics; pottery, functional hand-building or sculpture, I’ve chosen to focus on abstract sculptural ceramics. I feel that if I say I’m a ceramicist, people either don’t know what I’m talking about or they assume I throw pots, so I feel that introducing myself as a sculptor who works with clay is a more precise description of the work I create. Right now I’m working with organic forms that have holes cut into them and those forms have other ceramics pieces that are trapped inside. This process of trapping forms has manifested itself into multiple series of work. I’m conceptually playing with the balance between trapping and protecting an object and simultaneously exploring abstract ways to express that in clay.

Jenni Ward Contemporary Ceramics, featured on Ceramics Now Magazine
Nest Series IV, 2010, ceramic & high temperature, wire, 12” x 10” 8” - View her works

What triggered the passion for ceramics in you?

I have always worked with clay, my parents still have the first coil pot I made as a kid and I just never stopped working with clay. I was lucky enough to of had an in depth ceramics program in my high school. That exposure gave me the experience to explore clay and know that it was going to be my focus at the university level. I also really love the process of working with clay; each stage that you go through from a soft malleable material to a fired finished piece offers the chance that everything can go wrong at any step in the process. Having the ability to balance control over the clay and letting what happens happen is always a battle for me that I’m very attracted to. I’m constantly learning new techniques or possibilities with clay whether it’s through taking a workshop or seeing another artist at work. Clay is a very basic, primitive material that can be used in such varied and technological ways; it’s a constant learning process.

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Steve Belz: Bound, 2010, Low fire ceramic, glazes, slip, rubber cord and copper wires, 10H x 19W x 9D inches

Steve Belz: Bound, 2010, Low fire ceramic, glazes, slip, rubber cord and copper wires, 10H x 19W x 9D inches

Ruth Power: Split breasts (Cephalophilia), 2011, 48cm wide x 42cm long x 14cm deep; porcelain, LED light, cord, plug, wooden box with black paint and flocked interior

Ruth Power: Split breasts (Cephalophilia), 2011, 48cm wide x 42cm long x 14cm deep; porcelain, LED light, cord, plug, wooden box with black paint and flocked interior

Jenni Ward: Nest Series IV, 2010, ceramic & high temperature, wire, 12” x 10” 8”

Jenni Ward: Nest Series IV, 2010, ceramic & high temperature, wire, 12” x 10” 8”

Liliana Folta: In the Garden, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes, crystal beads, high temp wire, 11.5x5x5in.

Liliana Folta: In the Garden, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes, crystal beads, high temp wire, 11.5x5x5in.

Liliana Folta: Rococo Shoes, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes, fresh water pearls, high temp wire, 10.5x3.5x3.5in.

Liliana Folta: Rococo Shoes, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes, fresh water pearls, high temp wire, 10.5x3.5x3.5in.