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Ceramics - Arcy Art Original Oil Paintings Art Dictionary

Ceramics in the art world refers to artwork molded out of clay. Ceramics can be categorized as fine art, decorative art, commercial art, or applied arts such as pottery and tableware. Fine art ceramics are ceramics made by hand and designed to be purely art. The word ceramics also refer to the materials themselves. Various types of clay are processed, shaped and heated in order to create the final ceramic products.

The oldest known ceramic work of art in the world is the Venus of Dolní Věstonice, aged between 27,000 and 31,000 years approximately, made from burned clay. Many other ancient civilizations beyond this Moravian find are exemplified in Greece, China, Persia, Rome and within the Mayan culture.

Some important ceramic artists include Bennett Bean, Cliff Lee, Bernard Palissy, Grayson Perry, Robert Archambeau, Kathy Butterly, Jun Kaneko, Hideaki Miyamura, Paul Soldner, Akio Takamori, Camille Le Tallec and Peter Voulkos.


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