If you need evidence that ceramics don’t need to have use-value, check out Japanese artist Takuro Kuwata’s latest show of amazing abstract forms at Lower East Side gallery Salon94. In the foreground here, Kuwata uses ‘ishihaze’ or ‘stone explosion’ technique by which he adds stones to his clay, which then erupt during firing. (On view through Oct 24th).Takuro Kuwata, installation view of ‘Dear Tea Bowl’ at Salon94 Freemans, September 2015.
Surprise Board: Ben Fiess Utilitarian Ceramic. I like organic, speckled, ceramic glazes.