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Exquisite Sculptural Blooms Made with Thousands of Ceramic Shards

Using thousands of ceramic shards, Israeli artist Zemer Peled constructs sculptures that resemble beautiful blooming flowers. The intricate works combine a variety of colors and designs, most notably cobalt blue that's used in traditional Japanese pottery. Peled arranges the shards according to their length, color, and shape. The similar-looking pieces form long petals with a dotted, stamen-like center.

To construct these gorgeous works, Peled uses a slab roller and creates sheets of clay that are glazed and fired. She then smashes them into small pieces using a hammer. These shards are later divided and collaged into her sculptures.

Peled's work engages both the beauty and brutality of nature through appearance and touch. On one hand, her ceramics highlight the elegance of flowers and their incredible organic structure. But at the same time, the individual shards can have sharp, pointed edges and are a stark contrast to the soft-colored blooms.

Zemer Peled website
via [Colossal]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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