Take a look around and you'll realise that ceramics has gotten a second wind and is experiencing a surge in popularity in recent years. The reason why isn't difficult to understand: like many art forms, engaging in the craft harnesses your creativity as you concentrate on the wheel in front of you; affording a sense of calm from the outside world. Ceramic classes have also become more accessible as most have popped up all over the country for curious art lovers interested in taking up a new hobby. Local shops now sell handcrafted pottery for discerning collectors looking for one-of-a-kind pieces as well.
As part of Singapore Art Week this year, ceramicist and performance artist Jason Lim has partnered the folks behind independent art space Seed Art Space to curate and host one of Singapore's largest surveys of ceramics in local art history. The exhibition has been a long time coming and is held at Block 7 of the Gillman Barracks arts cluster from January 20 to February 13. It features works from a diverse group of 17 contemporary artists, including Daisy Toh and Angie Seah, alongside performances by multi-disciplinary artist Foo Aiwei and homegrown art rock band, The Observatory.
Here are five works to look out for during your visit to the exhibition:
1. Mantra for Ethical Vessels by Jason Lim
Co-curator Jason Lim likens ceramics to the materiality of clay to set the tone of the exhibition. Mantra For Ethical Vessels presents a block of clay in its most fundamental form, where gallery-goers get to witness the product of three hours of backbreaking clay kneading. Vessel-shaped forms are printed on paper as he continues to work the block, which spurred him to contemplate on the topic of ethical ceramics in this hyperconnected digital age.