For centuries ceramic craft has been entangled with functional expectations. Still to this day, many perceive ceramic works as a lesser form if they do not contain handles, a watertight body or have a specific and obvious use. By disrupting the notion that ceramics must be functional objects, we allow space to explore and expand our knowledge of the craft. Art forms no longer must have a practical purpose in order to be deemed valuable.
By rejecting the fundamental elements of a vase, Divergent Butter Vase playfully captures the eye of the beholder and questions, what makes a vase a vase? The series systematically repels typical traditional components including protruding handles, smooth streamline forms, neutral colour tones, and gloss glaze interiors that are expected in ceramic craft. By maintaining fragments of traditional elements such as a flared top and hollowed shell, Divergent Butter Vase has an ambiguous, alluring nature that stays open to interpretation.
Sculpture Dimensions: 57cm H x 20cm D
Materials: Earthenware with Matte Glaze
Steph Woods is a ceramic artist whose work merges the traditional with the experimental, exploring the expectations entwined with ceramics by opposing or exaggerating them through themes of reflection, functionality, and form.
Steph works from her home studio in Brisbane, Australia. Working with paper clay and employing hand-building coiling, and sculpting techniques, Steph applies a modern aesthetic to re-imagined classic ceramic forms.
Since starting ceramics in 2017, Steph has showcased her work widely in galleries around Australia. Most recently in group exhibitions for the 2021 Craft Contemporary Satellite Program and the Melbourne Design Week 2021 Satellite Program.