medium /// ceramic

noriko kuresumi


The sea is the origin of life.
All lives are connected and have been supporting each other.
I create my work by imagining the source of harmony and balance of the ocean.

Indeed. These organic, porcelain, odes to the origin of life are the exquisite work of Japanese artist Noriko Kuresumi. Beautiful.
{Photos by Shin Ono}

jen dwyer

Hearts, hands, antlers and balloon-like boobs. This is just one of many fantastic series by American artist Jen Dwyer. All of her work has a beautiful feminine power to it, but there was something about these delicate body parts, piled up with animal bits, that grabbed me instantly. Here are Jen’s words about this work:

“This series of porcelain pieces addresses the ephemeral quality of the human condition and nature – their correlation and disconnection. In the age of the Anthropocene I analyze the amount of agency we, as humans, give ourselves in regards to other species.” 


katie kimmel

If a bunch of happy bananas and a box of crazy chocolates aren’t able to brighten your Monday, well, you might have to rely on the insane brie. These ceramic sculptures are the work of American artist Katie Kimmel. I’m a huge fan of art / artists with a sense of humor – so these guys obviously had that covered – but then her bio swooped in and sealed the deal:

“Katie Kimmel is an artist working in Hermosa Beach, California. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015 where she studied ceramics, video and painting. Katie enjoys writing biographies in the third person.” 

Mic drop.

{Discovered via Hashimoto Contemporary’s Instagram feed}

éliane monnin

Ah, art and nature… a blessed union! This is the work of French artist Éliane Monnin. This is a small snippet from her ‘about’ section, and I thought it summed up this organic/organized work:

“… fascination with the mathematical structure of natural objects, the paradox between the irregularity of forms and the formula behind the perfect repetition of patterns, for the productive nature of a life drive that could be confined to art, which itself would reproduce something of nature…”

C’est bonne.

linda lopez

“Dust furries with chunky gold dandruff”. Need I say more? Ok… I cannot begin to explain how happy these objects (and that description!) make me. These weird n wonderful ceramic pieces are the work of American artist Linda Lopez. Her color choices, those lovely shapes, and oh, the chunky gold nuggets… a recipe for fantastic-ness. Also, that crazy neon pineapple… LOVE!

{You can find/purchase her work via Mindy Soloman Gallery, Miami}

claudia fontes

Absolutely magical work that I really want to touch, but I won’t. Maybe. This is the work of sculptor Claudia Fontes … she was born in Argentina, but has been living in London for the past decade. Wait, this is starting to sound familiar … hold the phone … she’s the artist who created the insane sculpture, titled “The Horse Problem”, for the Argentina Pavilion at the Venice Biennale last summer! This was my favorite installation at the Arsenale. It was truly breathtaking… the work, the space, the grandeur of it all:

Stun. Ning.

ps. I’m heading back to Venice this June (11th – 16th) to be one of several instructors during the “Contemporary Art Week” at the European Cultural Academy. There are handful of spots left, so sign up soon if you’re interested!

laurie melia

Ok. I need everything that Australian artist Laurie Melia makes… but that coffee cup? It is literally screaming “MONDAY MORNING” at me right this very second. Hilarious, beautifully made, and just enough weirdness to warm my art-loving heart. Happy Monday.

ps. Laurie’s work sells super fast, so keep an EYE {get it} on her Instagram feed for new work {and on her shop to click BUY}.

“enjoy the now”

Smoking baby doll. Yep, crazy. This was such a fun episode, but it wasn’t the normal format. I had my questions ready for Canadian ceramics artist Susannah Montague, but she had a list for me too! Why the shake-up? Well, I was not in my pillow fort studio for this one… we were LIVE at Club Kwench in Victoria, BC {photos below}. So, we talked about everything – from her movie-prop-making days to her beautiful twins who were the wonderful miracle of IVF… hence the baby dolls and blastocyst bubbles! Listen right up there under that “sweet” baby, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First, those beautiful baby bubbles I was just mentioning:

Stunning. Susannah’s level of detail blows my mind. Flowers, skulls, and … belugas:

I was so happy to finally have a chance to ask her what all of these tiny tidbits are about, and of course, I should have known the answer. Susannah is inspired by the Dutch Vanitas … beauty through decay and the inevitability of death… so enjoy the now!

Speaking of death, how about a couple of beautiful porcelain ghosts connected by their life-breath, as if to say “we are all one, we are all connected”:

See? This is why I said “crazy” so many times! CRAZY. Look at that bunnicorn on the left!

And of course, I have to show the process for these ghostly beauties. FYI, people who cast their children in the name of art, well, you know they mean business:

Love, love, love! Don’t you want to spend a day in her gorgeous Bowen Island studio? Be careful though… she might cast you!

Ok, and then it was my turn. The first question Susannah asked me was about my new book… and yes, I could talk about it FOREVER:

A BIG IMPORTANT ART BOOK… Now with Women! Seriously, I could not be more proud of this project. I hope there are many more volumes to come! {It will be on shelves on Oct 2, but you can preorder it now if you wanna.} So, those last two photos above are my “book nook”, both the interior and exterior view : )

Next, just a few of my mixed media collages:

The top-most image was the first piece I ever did in this series {that I started just over two years ago}, and the final piece is the one that Susannah owns! It is titled, “BARB AND CANDICE WERE LIKE TOTALLY NAILING THIS WHOLE LIFE / BALANCE THING.”

And here we are – recording live – at the sun-filled, dreamy, creative space that is Club Kwench:

HA! That’s me, Susannah, and Tessa {the dynamo behind Kwench}, chugging a little Creative Juice XXX! Can you believe Susannah made those for us a few days before the event!? I didn’t make anything for anyone. Oh, and I had to include a shot of the lovely little Liz-inspired bud vase that she made for me last year. Isn’t it gorgeous? Now I have two pieces by Susannah, so I guess that means I owe her one of mine! Thank you so much to Susannah, her super sweet twins, Tessa at Club Kwench, our fabulous audio guys Andrew Lloyd and Nick Francis, and the lovely live audience. Without that giant list of people, this sunny Sunday event wouldn’t have happened. AND, this podcast wouldn’t happen without the support of Saatchi Art, Thrive Mastermind, and YOU. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Emily Carr University of Art & Design
  2. Thrive Mastermind
  3. Club Kwench, Victoria 
  4. Sound by: Andrew Lloyd and Nick Francis
  5. Seymour Gallery, Vancouver {her show is up until Apr 14}
  6. Susannah on Instagram
  7. Madrona Gallery, Victoria
  8. Amanda Smith, episode no.6
  9. Wayne White, episode no. 30
  10. Tina Berning, episode no.68
  11. My art site / My art Instagram feed
  12. Running Press {preorder the book today!}


lorien stern

“Chums” … get it!? Hilarious! This is the whimsical and wonderful work of California based artist Lorien Stern. These pieces are part of a show that opens at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco this Saturday, and yes, it’s titled “Chums”…

“Chums focuses on the seemingly dubious relationships between sharks and other maritime creatures. The exhibition features a colorful assortment of the artist’s iconic shark heads as well as an array of fish and birds. Stern is particular interested in the mutually beneficial friendship between pilot fish and sharks. Swimming alongside one another, the fish gain protection from predators, while the shark gains freedom from parasites. In response, the artist created every piece in the exhibition to have a counterpart — each work matches to another through pattern and color. Transcending species and trepidation, Chums celebrates the power of connection.”

The opening reception is this Saturday – February 3rd from 6pm-9pm – and Lorien will be there too! {show runs until February 24}.

sonia pulido

Oh, the work of Barcelona based artist and illustrator Sonia Pulido. Love. I’ve written about Sonia’s ceramics before, and so today my plan was to focus on her 2D work… but then a bunch of porcelain bird ladies got in there! I couldn’t help myself, they’re just too good.