Incredible Ceramic Mugs that Emulate Cardboard

Ceramic Mugs

Incredible Ceramic Mugs that Emulate Cardboard by Tim Kowalczyk


Ceramic art has made a tremendous comeback in recent years thanks to the efforts of artists like Tim Kowalczyk. Taking a page from whimsy while still having a focus on functionality, you can see that the artist’s eye immediately goes to items which many would feel have little value.

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Kowalczyk’s work often features damaged cardboard items, crushed cans, and even Polaroid photographs that someone might throw away.

Then he embraces the various folds, wrinkles, and damage with his work to create something new.

The reason why Kowalczyk loves to work in ceramic is that it offers an ability to replicate any surface, texture, or form. It allows him to replicate something real from the forgotten, which he calls his version of writing a poem.

Cardboard Mugs Are His Specialty

Although you will find numerous variations of his work thanks to his position as a ceramics instructor at Illinois Central College, his masterpieces are the one-of-a-kind ceramic mugs that he creates which look exactly like discarded cardboard.

Kowalczyk works in the details of what might be on the surface of each item as if it really were made from this recyclable material.

From imprinted numbers to stamps that indicate the fragility of what was once packed inside, you can even find traces of what appears to be packing tape on some examples.

If you are interested in Kowalczyk’s work, then you can connect with him at the Companion Gallery in Illinois or learn more about his art through his website.

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Ceramic mug cardboard by Tom Kowalczyk
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Ceramic mug cardboard with blue flag
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