If you were to extract the creative engine of a typography geek and a ceramic geek, then compare those two engines side by side, I think you'd have a pretty close match. If you've ever suffered through a ceramic friend's discourse on Albany Slip or the merits of their favorite brand of wollastonite, you probably nodded your head and smiled like the enabler you are. What if you love ceramics, but you also love typography? What if your spare moments are all spent pondering proper kerning and proper use of ligatures in addition to new triaxial blended glazes?
Fortunately, there are ceramic artists out there who can scratch both itches for you! I'm indebted to Jared for sharing the work of Stephanie deArmand with me. The "Hustle 'Em" piece above is one of my favorites. DeArmand, who is a recent graduate of the (increasingly amazing) University of Colorado ceramics program, creates type-o-centric ceramic marvels that combine words that bounce off of each other poetically with fonts that will leave you scratching your head in wonder. The pieces are finished with lush hobby-shop decals that add a layer of further mystery. The combined effect is work that keeps revealing new details the closer you look.
I've also got a soft spot in my heart for Ian Anderson, a ceramic artist and graphic designer based in Maine. Ian has always had a keen eye for intensifying political messages (usually involving some sort of text) through ceramics. His "Try Truth" sculpture was a highlight of the NCECA clay national in Louisville this year. The molecular forms reinforce his jab at the truthiness of our current political discourse. Um...is that "Impact" you're using for your font, Ian? (as I push up my glasses and snort to myself)