Kelly Connole’s rabbits are one of my favorites. These pieces are often installed in very large groups across an open floorspace. They take on a very humanistic appearance in large groups, their tiny human hands instead of paws seperate them from the animal world.

john_byrd2John  Byrds animal sculptures are usually small, however, they have a very strong presence. I especially enjoy his pieces that reflect animal anatomy and structure. Many of them create a contrast between stark white porcelain and vibrant colors.

meiping_songdynastyChinese pottery from the Song Dynasty often emphasizes aspects of nature. This plum blossom vase creates a flowing pattern of leaves that curve to emphasize the form. The black and white scraffito creates contrast and a sense of movement. I am interested in portraying classic, and oriental flower patterns in my own work. Oriental floral patterns are also very stylized and their linework is a good way to lead the viewer’s eye around a piece.

About Ariel Bowman

I grew up in Dallas, Texas where I learned to love nature, animals, and art. I graduated with a BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2011. I am currently working towards my MFA in ceramics at the University of Florida. This blog serves as a way for my friends and family, as well as anyone interested in my work, to view not only the finished pieces, but some of the process as well. You can subscribe to this blog to keep up to date on what I am currently working on in the studio, research, new sources, and exhibitions.
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