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The shock of the new - ceramic art prices.
I admire and am genuinely fascinated by the originality of Robert Hodgin’s ceramics. The intensity of the work subverts the fact that it is actually painted by a mainstream fine artist onto a ceramic canvas. His clientele recognize and value this exhibition as ART because Hodgin’s exhibits these ceramic canvasses as art and nothing less, take it or leave it.
Robert Hodgin’s, is setting a new framework of reference regarding price for the ceramic art patron, and I will not be surprised that if he only exhibits sculptural work, that we shall see sales, with prices far in excess of R100 000 per small scale sculptural art work!
The Bell-Roberts Contemporary Gallery at Lourensford Wine Estate hosted The Ceramic Art Of Robert Hodgins and images of his artwork can be viewed here.
Artists and designers from outside the ceramic fraternity add more value to ceramics, with most of these embracing cross-disciplinary experiences. The ceramic community are their own biggest enemy, with many prominent ceramic artists selling work at ridiculously low prices, eroding the viability of ceramics as a singular source of income.
I maintain that the choice of selling platform has a direct relation to the viability of the ceramic artist’s creative output.
To be continued …