CARVING The Future in Ceramics

Creating handmade ceramic objects, both aesthetically pleasing and utilitarian while remaining universal enough to be accessed by anyone

Unfortunately, this project was not successful

 

I am a potter/ceramist living in Portugal

more specifically in Reguengos de Monsaraz (Alentejo) near Alqueva lake.

Monsaraz and Alqueva Lake

 

I have always been concerned with the idea of handmade object. 

Arts as elitist and inaccessible to the general public has always pushed me to make work that is both aesthetically and utilitarian. On that concern I discovered Japanese and Korean potters. What first stroked me was the aesthetic of the ceramic piece but above all, the daily use of that piece. They always aspire to join art and function. It was something quite different from what I was used to know from my potter friends.

I then began learning ceramics’ chemistry with the help of some well known ceramists, Tony Hansen, John Britt, and Simon Leach. I also learned how to work with the wheel from a long time friend, who’s also a Master potter in earth ware pottery, Mestre Tavares, based in São Pedro do Corval, near Reguengos de Monsaraz, my home town. In the last two years, I have been testing glazes and clay bodies and developing one technique based in carved pieces, without the potter wheel.

This technique provides spontaneity and immediacy, discovering the piece during the process of making it. Beginning with a solid mass of clay, I use a metal and/or wooden blade to shape the exterior surface. I hollow out the interior by hand with a carving tool, a process known as 'kurinuki'. This technique, in which a piece is dug or carved out of solid clay instead of being shaped on a potter’s wheel, is a process that allows me to intently focus on the inner shape.

All my pieces and glazes are handmade by me and I try to incorporate raw materials from nature, like rocks, clay and ashes.

I hope you enjoy my work!

GuilhermeFerias Ceramics

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Establishing my own studio (in a shared space) and preparing to show my ceramic pieces in Ceramic Fairs, all over Europe. In this studio, I’ll have access to a reduction kiln (to get better texture and colours) and several other facilities related to ceramics.

The amount raised will cover costs of installation, materials and registation/costs for events.

This is my vision to take my pieces to the next quality level!

 

REWARDS

This pieces are fired in oxidation. Some of the pieces deliverd will be fired in reduction for better texture and colors (especially in shino glaze). 

Carved pieces are not for mass production, they should be seen more “one of a kind” pieces.

 All the pieces have value of reward reduced, especially for this campaign.

 

REWARD1:

CUP (choose one from the two. Could choose later color/texture)

SAKE/BRANDY/COGNAC

Hand made pieces. H.7.0 cm D.6.0cm (with some variation)

Choose cup1 or 2. COLORS: cup1: 100% shino or red slip + shino; three shinos. cup2: black, white, light brown

Price in fair: 50£. Value for reward 40£ with free shipping in Europe (others countries subject to confirmation).

 

1. stoneware, potter wheel made,  red slip and shino glaze  OR

SAKE CUP, 1. stoneware, potter wheel made,  red slip and shino glaze

2.stoneware,  potter wheel made,  smooth light brown glossy glaze

SAKE CUP, 2, stoneware,  potter wheel made,  smooth light brown glossy glaze

 

REWARD2:

CARVED CUP (may choose color)

SAKE/BRANDY/COGNAC

Hand made piece. H.6.0 cm D.5.7cm (with some variation)

Choose COLORS: 100% shino or red slip + shino; three shinos.

Price in fair: 75£. Value for reward 50£ with free shipping in Europe(others countries subject to confirmation.

stoneware, carved by hand,  red slip and shino glaze

SAKE CUP, stoneware, carved by hand,  red slip and shino glaze

 

REWARD3:

CUP  (may choose color)

SAKE/BRANDY/COGNAC

Hand made piece. H.7.0 cm D.8.5cm (with some variation)

Choose COLORS:  100% shino glaze or red slip + shino glaze; three shino glaze.

Price in fair: 90£. Value for reward 60£ with free shipping in Europe (others countries subject to confirmation.

stoneware,  carved by hand,  three shino glaze

SAKE/BRANDY/COGNAC CUP.  stoneware,  carved by hand,  three shino glaze

 

REWARD4:

SUGAR POT (may choose color)

Hand made piece. H.9.5 cm D.7.0cm (with some variation)

Choose COLORS:  Black, matte, green&black (all with top and without spoon)

Price in fair: 90£. Value for reward 60£ with free shipping in Europe (others countries subject to confirmation.

all with top and without spoon.

Soon I will provide PITCHER (milk/cofee) with the same colors (may choose two pots and change later for one Pot and one Pitcher) 

stoneware,  carved by hand,  matte green and black glaze

SUGAR POT.  stoneware,  carved by hand,  matte green and black glaze

 (detail, spoon in white- not provided!)

 

REWARD5:

VASE (choose one from the two. Could choose later color/texture)

Hand made piece. H.20 cm D.8.0cm (with some variation)

Choose COLORS:  100% shino glaze or red slip + shino glaze; three shino glaze; shino + red slip (with green, black and blue glazes)

Price in fair: 150£. Value for reward 100£ with free shipping in Europe (others countries subject to confirmation)

1. Stoneware. Carved by hand. 

VASE. Stoneware. Carved by hand. Shino + red slip (with green, black and blue glazes)

2. Stoneware. Carved by hand. 

Choose COLORS:  black, matte&ash glaze, black & purple to brown

VASE. Stoneware. Carved by hand. smooth glossy black & manganese glaze

 

REWARD6:

PLATE (may choose color)

Hand made piece. rectangular 25x16cm (with some variation)

Choose COLORS:  black, matte, brown & red glaze (with stripe)

Stoneware. molded by hand. smooth matte/semi matte glaze

Price in fair: 100£. Value for reward 80£ with free shipping in Europe (others countries subject to confirmation)

PLATE. Stoneware. molded by hand. smooth glossy brown & red glaze with stripe

 

ABOUT the Project:

You could reach our FB page on GuilhermeFeriasCeramics , Twitter @GuilhermeFerias and Google+ GuilhermeFeriasCeramics

https://guilhermeferias.wordpress.com/

 

 ESTIMATE DELIVERY:

The date 08/May/2017 is estimated for first kiln fire and open. The first delivery will depend of date of project end and funds transfer. Subsequent pieces subject to quantities due to all pieces are handmade/hand carved (estimate100/month).