Artist Statement

Hello there!

What you see here is my latest body of work, which explores the alchemy of turning knitting into ceramics. For lack of a precedent, I call it Knitted Porcelain. If it fools your eye a bit, even better!

If you're curious how this comes about, I begin by handknitting in cotton twine. When finished, the pieces are shaped and soaked in liquid porcelain which permeates into each tiny ply of the string.

I continue to shape as they dry, letting the knitted form act as an armature and accentuating its gesture.

When the soaked knitwork meets the high temperatures of the kiln, the cotton fibers incinerate, leaving only the strong translucent white porcelain, which retains the memory of every stitch and stance.

You are cordially invited to take a look at a selection of finished works in the photo gallery to the right. Check out the effect of adding a glowing tealight, which shows off both the stitchery patterns and the ethereal qualities of white porcelain.

If you long to touch what you see, my job is complete. For more information regarding size, pricing and availability, please click on a link to my website, where you will find a secure shop and free shipping to the US. (And if you live in SC County we can arrange for safe delivery or pick-up.)

UPDATE for March, 2021. JUST ADDED!: Check out the images from my Clay + Fiber Series. Here are various ceramics pieces paired with knitted wool things: flowers, fruits, shells, foods - there's even a knitted bonsai tree. Click to the newest page in my website shop to get full descriptions and more photos. Each one is completely unique.

Coming Soon: I will continue to add new pieces, not only of Knitted Porcelain and Clay + Fiber, but also from my Wallpieces Series, even some paintings. Please stop back by here to enjoy my VAN page as it evolves.

~Liz

 

Location

Capitola

Email
lizcrainclay@gmail.com
Website
https://www.lizcrainceramics.com/
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https://www.lizcrainceramics.com/shop/