Despite being one of the world’s oldest mediums—dating back at least as far as the Paleolithic era—ceramics have long been excluded from the status of fine art, often sidelined as craft or design in the Western art market. But over the past few years, ceramics have garnered staggering mainstream interest and acclaim, earning their rightful place in the fine art lexicon alongside painting, sculpture, and photography.
“One of the reasons that ceramic art is gaining more attention is that a lot of collectors’ walls are already full,” he said. “Ceramics bring color and texture and ideas off the wall and into three dimensions at a whole variety of price points…from an entry level of $500 to $500,000, and everywhere in between.”
Another factor in the growing interest in ceramics is, quite simply, that they’re fun. In a time when daily life is largely conducted online, the tactility of ceramics is a refreshing change of pace that, as Spahn explained, can “bring a lot of enjoyment to your life and to your collection.”
The aesthetic, conceptual, physical, and textural possibilities of ceramics are virtually endless, and the diverse applications of the medium are continually evolving. To help navigate this newly blossoming market, we rounded up some tips to consider when collecting ceramic art.