Thursday, July 18, 2019

Japanese Culture Inspired Functional Ceramics by Reiko Miyagi

Reiko Miyagi was born in Japan and worked as a potter in Mashiko, a renowned pottery town, before moving to the US. When she was in college she use to visit ceramic galleries, museums and pottery towns. This made her fall in love with the rich pottery culture in Japan and eventually becoming a potter herself.

After receiving B.A. in ceramics at Bunka Gakuin she did a pottery apprenticeship at Tsukamoto Ceramics in Mashiko. She now has a studio Tabula Rasa in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina where she makes functional ceramics in both contemporary and traditional styles using gas kiln firing. Over the years she has developed her signature style in black and white sgraffito stoneware. Her work has been shown in several shows and galleries including the Smithsonian Craft Show, the American Craft Council Shows and the Charlotte Mint Museum Potters Invitational.

Her pieces can be found on her online store and to take a closer look at her work you can join her on Instagram.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Award Winning Mixed-Media Artist Creates Paper Cut Collages


Ashley Barron is a mixed media artist and an illustrator who graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2007 and has been creating cut paper collages ever since. As a child she grew up with an extensive collection of children's literature, thanks to her mother who was a preschool teacher. Ashley used to spend long hours on a rainy day with a book, daydreaming and drawing whatever her felt like.

Her collages are rich in textures and is a blast of colors. Each piece is created with hand cut paper that are arranged to form birds, owls, scenes, and flowers. She has worked in partnership with brands including Disney, GE, Canadian Wildlife Federation, TEDX Toronto, Ontario Parks, Cover Girl, Elle Canada, The Royal Ontario Museum, and Pepsi Canada to name a few. She has been honored with awards by Communication Arts, 3x3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, and Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators.

She has illustrated several picture books including the Math in Nature series, Kyle Goes Alone, My Forest is Green and Birthdays Around the World. You can learn more about her work and see behind the scene videos on Instagram.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Stunning Stained Glass Suncatchers by Vitrage Art

When I used to live in Tucson stained glass suncatchers could be seen everywhere. The desert sun provided for the perfect light to add sparkle to the piece hanging on the porch, sun room window or dangling on a tree in the yard. It's magical to observe how the light gets reflected through the colors of the stained glass owl, hummingbird, butterfly, cardinal and flowers, bringing them to life. 

Kateryna of Vitrage Art handmakes stunning suncatchers from quality stained glass using 19th century Louise Tiffany technology, fusing and with glass painting elements. She also makes beautiful table lamps and panels that are available here.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Art for the Endangered by California Based Artist Jonathan Martinez

It's been over a year since I featured any new work by Jonathan Martinez. California based contemporary wildlife artist primarily focuses on endangered animals. His colorful artwork is rapidly growing his fan base with over 143K followers so far for his Instagram account Art of the Endangered. He is hoping to spread awareness through his art and making humans think the planet that they presently live on would not be the same without them.

"I find nature and wildlife just mesmerizing, so much beauty, power, and the serenity that you find in animals is so unique. "

Jonathan Martinez has worked in collaboration with number of foundations that raise awareness for endangered animals. His mixed media drawings and acrylic paintings have been seen in Orange County galleries. He has done mural work for LB Architecture Week, Global Inheritance and in partnership with well-known street artists.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Whimsical Artwork by Australian Artist Del Kathryn Barton


Del Kathryn Barton is a well renowned Australian artist born in 1972. She graduated with a degree in BFA from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney in 1994. She specializes in whimsical paintings that often depict humans with their companion animals, and imaginative creatures. Her paintings are filled with bright colors, intricate patterns of dots painted in polymer paint, gouache, water color, pen, glitter and sequins.

She won the 2008 and 2013 Archibald Prize and is considered one of the most collectible Australian artist by Australian Art Collector. She is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney. The artist has produced the animated film Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose which won the Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film. She has participated in number of solo exhibitions and group exhibitions nationally as well as internationally.

"The raw energy conveyed in her drawings, could be linked to the amount of time they take to create, “usually about 10-20 minutes” according to Barton. In contrast, Barton says her larger painted works are “just phenomenally labour intensive”. She can work on a single picture for more than a year. For these works, Barton does no preliminary drawings and she says she throws many canvases away." via Art Design.