Washington artist Jon Almeda has some of the steadiest hands you’ll ever see. He needs them in order to create some of the world’s smallest and most intricate ceramics. Sure, with modern techniques this is not so complicated. A tiny vase is only a 3D print away if you wanted an easy solution. But Almeda doesn’t exactly like doing things the easy way. Like any master craftsman he needs a challenge that he can sink his teeth into, which is why he uses a special motorized curio wheel to spin his miniature crreations into existence, by hand. In his own words:
“I am a bit of an extremist. For many years I was throwing massive pieces, the bigger the better type mentality. While browsing a book store, I came across a book called ‘Creating Ceramic Miniatures’ that really changed my whole outlook and approach. I went to the opposite end of the spectrum and began working in 1” scale. Throwing small really allows me to focus on the shape and form of a piece. It is a very meditative form of creation. I enjoy the process of making small vases and bowls that without any scale or context look exactly like their larger counterpart in detail and proportion.”All images courtesy of Jon Almeda. View more at his home page or visit him on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube .