Artist Creates Tiny Pottery, When You See Him Make It You Won’t Be Able To Look Away.
Clay artist Jon Almeda likes to brag that size does matter. However, the Tacoma, Washington resident is referring to his creations. When he began his career, Almeda made large scale ceramics until he came across the book, Creating Ceramic Miniatures by Carla Kenny; that was his game-changer. He was inspired to take his work and scale it down dramatically to miniature proportions.
Almeda’s clay creations are 1” scale to which he has to use a custom-designed motorized curio wheel. Despite their size, the miniature ceramics are sturdy and go through the same process of glazing and firing as their larger counterparts. His work takes a steady hand and attention to detail which he is able to execute with surgical precision.
The artist, who began his passion for ceramics in high school, does not limit what he makes: bowls, tea kettles and vases are all part of his collection.
The teapot is so small it fits on the artist's fingertip.
The meticulous and delicate work requires zen-like focus.
“Throwing small really allows me to focus on the shape and form of a piece. It is a very meditative form of creation,” says Almeda.
Each piece goes thru the same finishing process as larger ceramics.
A very small sample of Almeda's mastery.
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