“Clay is the underground material of Postmodernism with its incredible plasticity and its form-shifting qualities that allow it to mimic other materials and genres. Clay is a chameleon substance; it has no fixed visible nature and it can occupy any spatial volume. Devoid of inherent form, it also requires next to nothing to stick to itself and has no need of glue, nails, or screws. It can be molded in a press like aluminum or poured into a form like bronze.”
–Kathleen Whitney, Sculpture Magazine
Clay is of the earth. Out of fire, it is transformed into art. So it’s only natural that ceramic artists are influenced by nature. This goes beyond the literal interpretation of landscape and all its elements, animals and plants.
Nature encompasses the natural world, the physical universe, or material world and, really, all of life.
Nature is all around us and deep within us. We are inseparable from it– our lives depend on the air we breathe and the food we eat. The earth sustains our life force and without it, we would not exist to make art!
Exploring nature in art can take endless forms, because nature provides us with a plethora of inspiring phenomena.
Art can open our eyes to the intricacy and beauty of the natural world. Art can challenge our perception and beliefs by revealing our complex human connection to nature. Art can address environmental issues , conservation, sustainability, preservation, and biodiversity. Through art it is possible to interact with and educate viewers. Art can spark or help renew our connection with nature.
For inspiration, many of us go to exhibitions, galleries. We read art books and magazines. But how much time do we spend in nature? It’s free!
Unplug yourself from the TV, your ipod, your cellphone or laptop. Plug yourself into something bigger. The texture of lichen on a rock. The process of life within it and around it.
Quiet your mind as it opens to the sky.
Allow nature to inspire you.
Andy Goldsworthy forged a career out of coaxing nature into art. His work, sensitive and somewhat temporary, is documented by photographs.
Rowan Leaves & Hole by Andy Goldsworthy; Frost on Window–unknown