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The New Female era
The role and reputation of ceramics have changed many times over the centuries and have taken a turn. One of the most notable shifts in the history of ceramics has been the rise of female ceramists who have created their own unique styles and techniques which have been widely embraced and celebrated. This newfound acceptance of female makers has helped create a more inclusive space for all potters and ceramicists, regardless of gender. The biggest contributor to this shift in gender roles within the ceramics field is the work and success of Clarice Cliff, an English potter known for her Art Deco designs in the early 20th century.
Cliff is widely credited with helping shift the perception of female potters from secondary participants to primary creators in their own right. Her bold and expressionistic works made waves in the world of contemporary art, inspiring generations of female potters who were eager to follow in her footsteps. In addition to cliff's groundbreaking contributions to the field, there have also been many other influential female ceramicists who have made significant advancements. Artists such as Susan Halls and Liza Lou have made innovations in technique and form that have inspired radical new directions in clay work.
The changes we are seeing in the ceramics field today are cause for celebration; no longer is it simply a male-dominated field but rather an inclusive community of makers, both male, and female, who are all united by a shared passion for appreciating and creating beautiful works of clay art.
GROUNDBREAKING WOMEN CERAMIC ARTISTS
Ceramics are known for their remarkable durability. When crafted and cared for correctly, they can last for generations.
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