Did you ever run across an artist who is so amazing that you start hating yourself for not knowing about them earlier? I do it all the time, but today, my self-loathing is at an all-time high. I have seen the future of ceramic art, and his name is Barnaby Barford. Barford, a London-based artist/designer/ceramicist, has a background in ceramics and glass, and uses the historical baggage of both to inform his scathingly awesome artwork. Barford takes run-of-the-mill porcelain figurines and creates "one-off" sculptures by frankensteining the figurines into new shapes, then combining them with each other and china plates and dishes to create miniature tableaus like "It's Bullshit, He's Lying", pictured above.
Barford is also a clever designer and installationist. He created stampcups that transform those annoying coffee rings that your cup makes into baroque swirls worthy of decorating your best tabletop. His line of martini olive IQ games will provide hours of fun to gloriously sozzled fans of board games. His website also contains a pair of great installations where patterns and movies are projected onto a diner's plate. One provides conversation starters for couples on dates, and the other, for family dinners comes complete video games for Junior and some soft porn for Dad. The ceramic world needs more Barnaby Barfords--ambitious folks with a yen for design and a passion for the irreverent. Check out his website today!