The huge carpet of ceramic poppies created by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, originally exhibited in 2014 at the Tower of London to commemorate one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War, is back – now cascading down the walls of Carlisle Castle until July 8th. 

The poppies created by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper in 2014  (image via dezeen)

Ceramics are certainly in vogue. An amazing multi-sensory sculpture, created by Japanese architect Azusa Murakami and British artist Alexander Groves of Studio Swine, is now on permanent display as part of Eden Project’s Invisible Worlds exhibition in Cornwall.

Photograph by Emily Whitfield-Wicks
Invisible world exhibition – Eden Project. Jo Elwoorthy.

This huge, 20 tonne, elephant-like ceramic work called Infinity Blue, projects primordial-scented smoke rings around the gallery space in homage to Cyanobacteria, the microbial life, which began the production of oxygen on earth three billion years ago. 

Studio Swine which stands for Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers, has created other great experimental works exploring themes of global resources and regional identities. Its heavily researched projects always culminate in immersive installations or films, such as the New Spring, a sculptural tree that blossoms with mist-filled bubbles, created for COS at Milan Design Week.

We also love this 3D-printed, ceramic-clad cabin, which was created by Emerging Objects in Oakland, California, which specialises in 3D-printed architecture. The cabin’s front façade comprises a variety of 3D-printed, ceramic tile shaped planters for a living-wall of succulents. Emerging Objects has also launched a kick-starter project called The Bottery, a design and state-of-the-art manufacturing workshop producing technological, functional and sculptural 3D-printed ceramics.