Art Plus Pinterest Equals Awesome!

I haven’t been posting much on BgArt News Blog lately as I was lost in a cave, but I’m out now and the art sun is shining, so I’m sure I’ll be out there looking for all sorts of arty things to talk about and share in the coming weeks. Something that I have discovered and fallen in love with just recently is Pinterest!! I have had an account for ages now but it just never clicked with me, I didn’t know what to do with it. It is THE social media platform for artists.Continue Reading

Big Beautiful Ceramic Pots

felicity aylieff ceramics

Wow, these big blue and white pots are great. I was looking through an auction online and came across the ceramics of UK based artist Felicity Aylieff. She collaborates with workers in Jingdezhen, China to create the monumental ceramic pots. I would love to see some of them in the flesh.Continue Reading

Melting China

melting ceramics by livia marin

I just came across the melting ceramics of Chilean artist Livia Marin from her Nomad Patterns series. They screw with your mind as you know ceramic teapots shouldn’t be melting, but there they are, almost dripping from the table. I’m not sure what the artist was thinking, but if you think of the ceramics as china(ware) you can see an environmental message. Continue Reading

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott Dies

gwyn hanssen pigott

The Australian potter Gwyn Hanssen Pigott has died in London at the age of 77. She was born in Ballarat, Victoria in 1935.

I saw some reports whinging about her status as a woman and a crafts person holding her back from the heights she could have reached but I say blaaaaah. If you visit galleries in Australia with any regularity you know Gwyn Hanssen Pigott’s work and she’s treated as a contemporary artist more than a crafts person. Name me one male potter more famous than her in Australia..Continue Reading

Most Expensive Vase

The wealthy Las Vegas casino man, Steve Wynn has shocked his critics by showing that he has a caring/giving side to him. Firstly he paid a record amount for a vase (5.5 million pounds), only to give it away.
Wynn is better known for his casinos and great excesses than he is for being generous. After buying the copper and white porcelain Ming vase from a Hong Kong auction room, he gave it to a Macau museum in China.
Coincidently, Macau is also famous for casinos and gambling. I wonder what benefits could come from such a generous gift?Continue Reading