I wanted to share my absolute favorite installation at NCECA ... part of the '50 Women: A Celebration of Women's Contribution to Ceramics'.
Anyone who works with porcelain knows what an unforgiving and challenging medium it can be.
Ignore it for a bit and it will crack or warp or otherwise punish you.
Pay total attention and it will still slump, tear, skew and crack just for the fun of it.
So it was a joy to see the tableware titled 'Perfect Imperfection Collection'.
The artist, Heather Mae Erickson, obviously has a skilled command of her medium as witnessed in the pieces that showcased perfect execution. But she also highlighted in brilliant gold all the tears and cracks in other pieces. There were also several pieces where the 'marks of process' were jammed into the clay ... pieces where form challenged function.
All in all, a table setting I circled and stared at for the longest time and could easily imagine how much fun it would be to eat a meal off this dinnerware.
You might enjoy it or think I am crazy but here it is.