The execution behind these Ceramic Mugs Imitating Used Cardboard by Tim Kowalczyk, is absolutely flawless, leaving you puzzled as to how this can even be done.
A little about Tim Kowalczyk
“Ceramic’s ability to replicate any form, texture, or surface is what draws me to the material,” says Kowalczyk in his artist statement. “Replicating real objects out of ceramic material and putting them in a tableau is my version of writing a poem. I am able to sculpt, form, design, and construct sculptures with a sense of purpose, priority, and preciousness.”
The Illinois-based artist graduated with an MFA from Illinois State University in 2011, and is the adjunct Ceramics instructor at Illinois Central in East Peoria, IL.
Tim Kowalczyk draws his inspiration from objects and materials of little value, such as ripped up cardboard or crushed tin cans. To memorialize these items, Kowalczyk recreates them in clay. The details are really what makes his pieces come alive. I’m particulary fond of the “Please Handle With Care” stickers or the used Scotch tape giving the illusion of holding two pieces of cardboard together.