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Clay is a force to be reckoned with. That’s why in latest The Big Idea Issue 95 we round up the best South African Ceramic pieces for you to add to your collection.

There is a long history of ceramic art in almost all developed cultures, and often ceramic objects are all the artistic evidence left from vanished cultures. Cultures especially noted for ceramics include the Chinese, Greek, Persian, Japanese and Korean cultures, as well as the modern Western cultures.

Fast track to the present/future; ‘Hopelessly engaged with ceramic surfaces, American designer Benjamin Fiess, aka B.Fiess, creates particularly extraordinary ceramic objects. His pieces feel very conceptual, and are often a combination of mixed media, including elements such as wood, iron and felt.’  (Source Trendland)

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“My clay and glaze database is an ongoing personal research project that combines my fascination with ceramic surfaces and my pursuit of Byzantine record keeping and organization. The goal of the project is to build a central repository of clay and glaze information that can be easily accessed.” Ben Fiess RP-HD-DD-AG jarsketchsplash

‘Inspiration for my work stems from a fascination with spatial relationships between objects and a desire to explore concepts of restriction and access both physically and psychologically. Using forms inspired by mass-produced objects and architecture, I aim to bring significance to the interior volume contained within my porcelain compositions’. BFiess-ceramin_7BFiess-ceramin_5-600x296 BFiess-ceramin_4-600x296 BFiess-ceramin_3-600x296 BFiess-ceramin_2-600x296

I seek to work towards a simplification of formal order to establish patterns of organization within my compositions. The uncertainty of not knowing or being able to articulate the correctness of a form or mark is unsettling but the observations are rewarding.BFiess-ceramin_1-600x400