Today theDepartment of Miniature Marvels is exploring the marvelously tiny pottery created by Washington-based ceramic artist Jon Almeda. He works on a 1″ scale, hand throwing ceramic bowls, vases, and pots. Even though they’re incredibly small, Almeda’s pottery is able to endure the same high temperatures of the glazing and firing process as regular-sized pots. We hope he uses a miniature kiln for them too.
Almeda uses a custom designed motorized curio wheel that affords him the precise control needed to execute minute hand-building techniques necessary for each object:
“While browsing a book store, I came across a book called “Creating Ceramic Miniatures” that really changed my whole outlook and approach. I went to the opposite end of the spectrum and began working in 1″ scale. Throwing small really allows me to focus on the shape and form of a piece. It is a very meditative form of creation. I enjoy the process of making small vases and bowls that without any scale or context look exactly like their larger counterpart in detail and proportion.”