Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Denise Brown: Ceramic Vessels

Denise Brown is a ceramic artist who lives and works from a farm in rural Fenland Cambridgeshire. She uses stoneware clay and hand builds her pieces using slab-building, press-forming (moulds made by her) and coiling techniques. She decorates each vessel with images inspired by the nature and landscapes surrounding her. Owls, seagulls, lighthouses, harbors, boats and rabbits is a primary theme incised by hand using a potter's knife. Through her ceramics "She aims to evoke memories and a sense of nostalgia."

The artist uses a copper carbonate wash to create the outline on the designs. After glazing, she applies 22ct gold leaf or 12ct white gold leaf to finish her work. You can find stockists of her work here and take a closer look at her ceramics on her website

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Thomas Hill and His Wide Eyed Birds

I featured about Thomas Hill's bird sculptures on the blog earlier here. Mixed media artist makes sculptures made of wood, copper and steel. His sculptures are inspired by birds and he tries to capture their personalities in a playful way. The birds often have wide eyes, feathers made from sturdy wire and long, lean legs.

“I tend to think of all my pieces as character studies. Spend a few seconds observing a bird; the turn of the head, the flash of an eye, puffed up feathers; each gesture conveys a wealth of visual material for the artist as we see the bird consider and interact intelligently with the world around it,” via.

His birds have been exhibited in museums and galleries all around the world. He has participated in solo exhibitions at ARTspace at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Fuller Craft Museum and De Morgan Centre and Velvet da Vinci Gallery. His work can be found in corporate, public, and private collections. His work has been featured in numerous publications like Metalsmith and CRART magazine. You can learn more about him and his work here.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Food Art by Daryna Kossar


Daryna Kossar is a visual artist and a food photographer who creates amazing illustrations using fruits, flower petals, veggies and other materials. Her creations include animals and human portraits, landscapes and buildings made with raspberries, chocolate sauce, blueberries, whipped cream. Sounds delicious!

Her Instagram account is full of colorful and imaginative work that will invite you to sit comfortably and spend some time browsing through her work. Enjoy :)

Friday, April 12, 2019

Nature Inspired Illustrations With Rich Textures by Steve Aparicio

Steve Aparicio is an illustrator and a visual artist from El Salvador. His work caught my attention for its rich texture and style. He has worked on several projects and his art can be found on mugs and t-shirts. He has also created packaging design for a frozen products brand for children in Spain.

The top four illustrations are from the series called "The Guardians of Your Dreams" made for a couple who had a baby and wanted the artist to create something unique to decorate the space with. To see more of his amazing work you can visit him on Instagram.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Giles Newman Transforms Fallen Wood Into Carved Masterpieces

Giles Newman was originally trained as a photographer and a graphic designer who carved into wind fallen wood in his spare time while staying in the woodland of North Wales. He carves one-of-kind spoons, jewelry and sculptures with incredible detail. It took him only 12 months before he turned his full focus to wood carving.

He does not make use of any powered tools to carve his pieces, he works with basic hand tools and centuries-old sculpting techniques. It takes him endless number of hours that vary based on the level of difficulty of the piece. For example, he spent over 550 hours to carve the Barn Owl  spoon (on the top) and in the process sacrificed 6 knives, oak is extraordinarily tough material to carve in. He conducts group workshops and one-to-one tuition, for more information please visit his website.