One link clearly leads to another: Of late we’ve been noticing (and admiring) a number of artist-made ceramic chains, sculptures for contemplating life’s entanglements and intricacies. “Visually stone-like,” says Ruth Borgenicht of her own work, “the pieces appear strong and impenetrable, belying their inherent fragility.”
Above: Brooklyn ceramic artist Michele Quan is best known for her temple bells, but she also makes hand-built chains. Her two-toned Stoneware Chain Link is available from The Commons (but currently sold out).
Above: Quan’s 7-Link Ceramic Chain is at The Future Perfect.
Above: Lotus by Ruth Borgenicht, a teacher at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey (and former math major), is but one of the artist’s many pieces that feature chain-mail-inspired constructions.
Above: Brooklyn ceramic artist Virginia Sin—who participated in the recent Remodelista Market in NYC—makes stoneware chains that, she points out, “can be manipulated to form different sculptural shapes.”
Above: New York artist Shelley Marcus Sonnenberg creates ceramic chain sculptures in a range of patinas, some iron-like, others beguilingly pale and soft looking.
Above: Apparatus Studio collaborated with ceramic artist Alice Goldsmith on a collection of Link Porcelain Pendant lights that hang from handmade chains.
Above: An outsize molded-and-cast porcelain chain by San Jose–based artist Sophie Rubin.