Dirk Staschke at AMOCA

As some of you may know, I teach clay classes at AMOCA’s Ceramics Studio, and that means that I get to visit all of their amazing exhibits whenever I want! One of the best exhibits this year has been the work of Dirk Staschke. He is a contemporary ceramic artist heavily influenced by Flemish and Dutch Vanitas still-life paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries.

You might think, well how does a ceramic artist “do” still-lifes in the style of painting masters past? In a very unique way as it turns out!

First, here are a few of his sculptural pieces that you might expect to see.


Second, let’s look at his unique take on still-life paintings. At first glance, and certainly in photograph, they look just like any other still-life paintings.


Then you see that instead of being hung on the wall, these “paintings” are on pedestals and this is a ceramics exhibit. I thought the only way I could show you just how brilliant these ceramic works are is to use video to show you all sides of these pieces.

Dirk’s exhibit is up through September 18, 2016.

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