Ceramics : is it the new challenge of street-art ?

Published on : 01 November 20213 min reading time
Streets-art finds its place on a new medium which is ceramics. A material that is well known to everyone in areas that are quite different from art or street art. Street art, on the other hand, is little known to the general public despite its strong presence on almost every street in the world.

The history of ceramics

The use of ceramics by humans dates back to prehistoric times. The Chinese population was among the first civilisation to use ceramics in their daily lives. Shards dating back to more than twenty thousand years before Christ have been discovered in China. Etymologically, the word ceramics is of Greek origin and relates to “pottery” and “clay”. Indeed, ceramics was mainly used in the field of pottery. However, material science did not really take an interest in pottery in the modern sense until the mid-nineteenth century. Later, the use of ceramics was no longer limited to pottery alone, but is also used in several other fields.

What is street art ?

Street art has appeared with the contemporary era. This artistic movement is mainly derived from the urban environment. Indeed, street-art or urban art is made in the streets and in places where there is a lot of traffic. This type of art is often expressed in different forms, such as graffiti, posters, video projections and also ceramics. You can find them on a pavement, a wall in a public place, in the park and can also be expressed on monuments. At the very beginning, the techniques used were mainly based on spray paints made freehand by the graffiti artist. The technique has evolved over time to become street art, and now urban art is made using different techniques. In addition to painting, there is the use of LED, mosaics, yarn bombing and several other techniques.

The place of ceramics in street art

As we explained earlier, ceramics has become a full-fledged member of urban art. You should know that there are artists who transform graffiti into ceramic works around Paris. For some graffiti artists, ceramics allow them to preserve and add value to their creations in public streets. Indeed, traditional urban art expressed as paint is often erased as it is considered vandalism by the majority. While the same drawings and writings made with ceramics in the same public places remain, hence the interest in using ceramics for your urban art. 

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