Community Sketchbook

Sunday, September 26, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:05 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Title: Candelabra

Artist: Karsten Ewald

About the artist: Ewald is a full-time, self-proclaimed “functional potter.” He has a home studio, where he produces his own stoneware pottery brand called “Karsten’s Klaywerks.” Many of his pieces have a very natural feel to them. Ewald said he is “inspired by nature and the beauty of the Missouri landscape.”

He also takes on private commissions.

“I just finished a set of dinnerware for a newlywed couple,” he said.

In addition to his own studio work, Ewald manages a not-for-profit art studio called Access Arts, where he also teaches pottery classes.

Last year, he placed third in the Boone County Art Show. He has also had a display at the Art League of Columbia titled “Clay: Body and Soul.”

About the work: Candelabra is a functional showpiece that demonstrates how even works of art can be functional. The piece is a combination of thrown and hand-built pottery that combine to enhance the curves and form of the work. The sapphire blue and saffron yellow glazes enhance the lines and curves.

Ewald formulates his own glazes, which have a gemlike quality. He also mixes his own clay. His pieces are completely custom-made products, from the materials to the finished work.

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