|Ceramic Mutton Chopper Ape|
|CERAMIC Takoshi by Yakimon|
Welcome to the second installment of my irregular series of articles highlighting work that I consider "Next Level". Up this time, the ceramic kaiju inspired creations of Yakimon / Miles Nielsen.
Next Level Checklist:
- The Medium is the Message. Ceramic!? Taking a material almost as old as human civilization and adapting it to a very contemporary genre is encouraging to see. It pushes the boundaries of what most modern collectors would consider a "toy" while only 50 years ago, dolls with ceramic parts were the norm.
- Details. Tight, evocative sculpting with accessories and an alternate head. The changeable head definitely took me by surprise (in a good way).
- Strong cast of characters. Kappa, Takoshi, Ikakumora, Shishi, and the rest look great and have neat little stories.
- Price. $200-$350. The amount of work that goes into these is worth much more. If you dig through his Instagram there is a video of the assembly process (about 2 hours) condensed into 15 seconds. What is doesn't show is the sculpt, plaster mold, slip casting, firing, glazing, re-firing and finish work that goes into each one.
I can't wait to see what will come next from Yakimon. In the mean time, check out the website, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr!