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Jon Almeda Pottery – a look at the process of creating miniature ceramics:While Jon's tiny works were created with the simple intent of being enjoyed by people, the process leading upto it is just as satisfying to witness. Unique tools shape, carve and add colour to small mounds of clay spinning on a miniature wheel in a hypnotising manner.

Various Sizes by Almeda Pottery:Throwing various sized miniature pottery off of the hump. Video courtesy Almeda Pottery YouTube.

The Miniature Scale

Jon Almeda’s miniature ceramics, typically follow a one-inch scale and are fully-finished pieces boasting different colours and textures.

Small yet Sturdy

The objects are as “simple” as a bowl to perfectly formed teapot fully equipped with a lid and handle.

The Range of Ceramic Miniatures

Drawn to extremes, Jon started out by creating uncommonly large ceramics. He later switched focus after coming across a book titled “Creating Ceramic Miniatures”.

Showcasing Miniatures

While they are just as detailed as their regular or large sized counterparts, these detailed works are small enough to sit on a bottle cap or along the length on a pencil.

Practicing Extremes

Despite their delicate appearance, the pieces are able to withstand being fired and carved.

New Techniques

Jon has had to formulate his own glazes, experiment with various techniques of applying luster and introducing depth to these small surfaces.

A Handmade Approach

More often than not, the artist uses his fingers to work as they give him the greatest degree of control.

The Art of Pottery

Jon hopes that people will begin to view pottery as an art rather than a craft or functional ware. As objects whose value lies in their ability to captivate and charm.

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Showcase 20 Aug 2018

Jon Almeda is the ceramicist creating detailed and coin-sized works of art

Upon discovering a book titled “Creating Ceramic Miniatures”, Jon Almeda reassessed the way in which he perceived his work. The self-taught artist began making pottery on a small scale, some of which were little enough to be lined up on a pencil. His series of timelapse videos on instagram, record him in the process of making these works and are a massive success. Jon meets new challenges by creating these miniature pieces as he goes, often creating his own tools and techniques to overcome them.

Jon Almeda is a self-taught ceramicist whose detailed work has managed to charm audiences with their unique proportions and dimensions. He creates miniature ceramics that typically follow a one-inch scale and are fully-finished pieces that are often painted, glazed or even carved. Having an affinity for scale, Jon has also produced oversized creations but was more drawn to the challenge in creating perfect miniature replications, a process he believes has made him a better potter overall.

Jon Almeda Pottery – a look at the process of creating miniature ceramics:While Jon's tiny works were created with the simple intent of being enjoyed by people, the process leading upto it is just as satisfying to witness. Unique tools shape, carve and add colour to small mounds of clay spinning on a miniature wheel in a hypnotising manner.

Various Sizes by Almeda Pottery:Throwing various sized miniature pottery off of the hump. Video courtesy Almeda Pottery YouTube.

Making Miniatures

Jon mentions that everything is different when producing miniature works. They require their own tools, specific clay and glazes, as well as a heightened sense of concentration, a steadier hand and attention to detail. Often times, they also require more time to create. Jon has also designed and built a wheel specifically for miniature pottery called the Curio Wheel.

The Miniature Scale

Jon Almeda’s miniature ceramics, typically follow a one-inch scale and are fully-finished pieces boasting different colours and textures.

“The shoulder and neck area of a small neck vase perfectly mirror the curvature of my pointer finger.”

The most formidable aspects of his work are throwing and glazing. Jon also acknowledges, “anytime you are working small, it requires a steady hand; this is especially true when manipulating a very fluid piece of clay spinning on a wheel. When throwing a piece I try and use my fingers as much as possible, it allows me the greatest degree of control. The shoulder and neck area of a small neck vase perfectly mirror the curvature of my pointer finger." Jon has also had to formulate his own glazes, experiment with various techniques of applying luster and introducing depth to these small surfaces.

Small yet Sturdy

The objects are as “simple” as a bowl to perfectly formed teapot fully equipped with a lid and handle.

The Range of Ceramic Miniatures

Drawn to extremes, Jon started out by creating uncommonly large ceramics. He later switched focus after coming across a book titled “Creating Ceramic Miniatures”.

Showcasing Miniatures

While they are just as detailed as their regular or large sized counterparts, these detailed works are small enough to sit on a bottle cap or along the length on a pencil.

Practicing Extremes

Despite their delicate appearance, the pieces are able to withstand being fired and carved.

A Demand for Miniatures

Currently, every single one of the individual pots displayed on Jon’s online shop are sold out. When asked about why he thought his work has garnered as much attention as it has, Jon expounds, “I know for me, I am impressed with miniature art because of the skill involved in creating a miniature.” He also touches upon having to think of new ways to achieve a particular quality or characteristic, stating, “I like the idea of creatively solving problems in order to make the art.”

In 2017, Jon’s work was featured in a Rosie Assoulin fashion show where these small pots were suspended from the ears and necks of models; effectively changing how they were perceived by introducing the context of functional art. One has to wonder about other possibilities his work can access due to their convenient size that are unavailable to regular-sized pots.

Jon explains that he hopes people experience a sense of wonder when they encounter his work and that they begin to view pottery as an art rather than a craft or functional ware. He mentions, “I'll often get asked ‘but what are they for?’ and the answer is that they are simply to enjoy!”

New Techniques

Jon has had to formulate his own glazes, experiment with various techniques of applying luster and introducing depth to these small surfaces.

A Handmade Approach

More often than not, the artist uses his fingers to work as they give him the greatest degree of control.

The Art of Pottery

Jon hopes that people will begin to view pottery as an art rather than a craft or functional ware. As objects whose value lies in their ability to captivate and charm.

To view more or purchase some of Jon’s work, visit his website.