Ceramics by Leah Kaplan

«Arranged one way, a set of vessels might conjure a cityscape or landscape. Positioned another way, the same pieces can appear more anthropomorphic, suggesting familial relationships or even emotional states.»

 

Currently, my studio practice follows two distinct, but intertwined, threads: an exploration of light and shadow, and an inquiry into the characteristics that define a collection.
For as long as I can remember, I have been curating found objects — from beach stones to vintage glass bottles to just about anything that can be grouped and artfully arranged. Through clay, I invent my own collections. I create and play with different groupings, paying close attention to how arrangements affect relationships between individual objects, as well as to the overall whole. Arranged one way, a set of vessels might conjure a cityscape or landscape. Positioned another way, the same pieces can appear more anthropomorphic, suggesting familial relationships or even emotional states.
At the same time, I am equally fascinated by the opportunities porcelain presents for manipulating light and shadow. I could spend my career investigating its translucent properties alone. But I also like experimenting with texture, which often flows back into my interest in collections. I use texture to unify diverse elements, as well as to inject dynamism and visual interest into groupings listing toward uniformity.

My influences include the natural world and architecture, as well as ceramic artists Rudolf Staffel and Mary Rogers. Other craft mediums also inform my work. I have had the good fortune to meet and work with gifted artisans in the U.S. and internationally, as the director of a small nonprofit devoted to safeguarding indigenous craft traditions.
Basketry, paper and textiles, with their age-old materials and practices rooted in cultures across the globe, particularly inspire me.

 

Interview with Leah Kaplan

Trends: Wonderland, Experiences & Stories, Structuralism.

Comment (1)

  1. Marge kaplan

    Marvelous. Well done

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