What is ceramic art?


What is… ‘Ceramic Art’? from HENI Talks on Vimeo.

Ceramic is one of the most ubiquitous and ancient arts. Its purpose can be domestic, decorative, ritualistic or pure artistic expression, with form and function varying hugely across time and cultures.

Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Paul Greenhalgh invites us to connect with the emotional resonance of ceramic, exploring the beauty and mystery of an art that belongs everywhere and to all people.

Some of the ceramic artists and traditions discussed in this video are Magdalene Odundo, Jomon vessels, ancient Greek vessels, Pablo Picasso, and Michael Flynn.

Cite this page as: HENI Talks, "What is ceramic art?," in Smarthistory, April 23, 2021, accessed September 22, 2021, https://smarthistory.org/what-is-ceramic-art/.