How to Hang Ceramic Wall Art

Contemporary Ceramic Plates

Many ceramists make plates. Some are functional in the traditional sense and others are non-functional. If the plate is not designed for food or serving then display of the work deserves some thought. Quite a few ceramic artists use the plate form as a canvas for a two or three dimensional concept. A horizontal display of a plate with a two dimensional or three dimensional design does not show the surface design very well. As a result, the creator of this artwork is not connecting with the viewer. So, in order to have the public see and appreciate a non functional or 3/D plate the maker should think about ceramic wall display. There are many different ways to hang a plate on the wall. Douglas Kenney has been making plates for the wall since 1987.

Here are a couple ways to hang a plate that don't do the art justice:

  1. Using a wire plate hanger
  2. Using a wall mounted acrylic stand

These techniques show the hanging mechanism which detracts from the ceramic art. My recommendation is to integrate the hanging mechanism with the piece. There are a couple of ways to do this. One can make two holes in the plate foot of the plate, in the green state, to be able to thread some wire through there after firing. This is a simple fix but it does reduce the options in the hanging orientation. Some artists like this because if the plate surface design is a portrait / landscape they only want it to hang one way.

Ceramic Wall Art Hanging System by Douglas Kenney

An abstract plate surface design is more universal and may require a more options in a wall hanging solution. Douglas Kenney contemporary, abstract ceramic plates are designed with the patron in mind, too. By extending the flange around the foot out during the making process a ledge forms. After the final firing a cable with a loop is fitted around this flange and secured with ferrules. This technique allows the plate to be display in any orientation 360 degrees.

This tutorial will be continued in my next post, with a discussion about cable, rigging and cable cutting tools.

The difference between art and craft is that art usually does not have a real function in people's lives other than it aesthetic beauty. Craft, on the other hand, has some function in a household.

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