These 20 Artists Are Shaping the Future of Ceramics
This vase mimics the shape of a rooster. Gareth Mason created the piece between 2011 and 2013, using a technique that characterizes his recent work. Incorporating a variety of clays (porcelain and stoneware) and glazes, as well as oxides and lustre, Mason created a composite and intriguing piece that plays on surfaces. "Surface, the 'skin' of the piece, is my personal sense-record; a composition in which I play out the drama of making".
“The best art,” Gareth Mason has said, “irrespective of the discipline, is felt first and reasoned later.” As one of Britain’s most individual ceramists, Mason strives to reveal the mysteries of creation and the humanity of the artist himself. He is known for his ceramic jars, which are constructed through an unconventional and improvisational approach; in a metamorphic process that often spans several years, Mason’s hand-thrown jars undergo multiple firings, glazings, and the addition of various materials (scraps such as gravel from the Victorian slate industry or waste scavenged from the Thames River). The resulting work—avant-garde forms likened to small cosmic explosions—are unrivaled in their richness of color, texture, and density.