Nathalie Lautenbacher (ed.)
A pot, a dish, animal figures... The prototypes of many ceramic objects are age-old. Ceramics is popular again, and old subjects take new forms in the hands of new makers. What is the secret behind the thousand-year-old attraction of ceramics? What does this attraction say about us human beings? Solid Ground introduces contemporary ceramics and reflects upon the world around it. Essays by leading writers and researchers build bridges between art, science, and life as they reflect on the nature of ceramics, its introduction, and its influence on culture, as well as the challenges of the material world today. Images of works by contemporary ceramicists inspire us to see the beauty of the material world and its profound meanings. These spell-binding works of art show how versatile Earth's modest materials can be in capable hands.
Writers: Nathalie Lautenbacher, Kari Enqvist, Janne Saarikivi, Hannu Väisänen, Juhani Pallasmaa, Harri Kalha, Mikko Jalas, Tuuli Mattelmäki, Tarja-Kaarina Laamanen, Maarit Mäkelä