Katharine Morling makes 3-D ceramic sculptures that look like black-and-white cartoon drawings.

These Whimsical 3-D Ceramics Look Like Cartoon Drawings of Everyday Objects

These Whimsical 3-D Ceramics Look Like Cartoon Drawings of Everyday Objects

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Jan. 26 2015 1:01 PM

These Whimsical 3-D Ceramics Look Like Cartoon Drawings of Everyday Objects

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A chainsaw made from ceramics by London-based artist Katharine Morling.

Courtesy of Katharine Morling

London-based artist Katharine Morling makes ceramic sculptures of woodland creatures and colorful still lives of fruit and flora. But it’s the cartoonish, hand-rendered, black-and-white renditions of everyday objects—a blank page and pen, an old typewriter, a box of matches, an old sewing machine, a chainsaw—that are the most arresting, inviting nostalgia and reflection. Even in photographs, they look like a sketchbook sprung to life.

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Plenty by Katharine Morling.

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Rummage, Gather, Collect by Katharine Morling.

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In an artist's statement, Morling describes her work as 3-D drawings “in the medium of ceramics.” Her works are life-sized, creating “a slightly surreal experience,” she says. “Each piece, on the surface, an inanimate object, has been given layers of emotion and embedded with stories, which are open for interpretation in the viewer’s mind.”

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The blank page immortalized in ceramic by artist Katharine Morling.

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Ceramic boombox by Katharine Morling.

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Stitched Up by Katharine Morling.

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A box of matches by Katharine Morling.

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Kitchen utensils by Katharine Morling.

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A chest of drawers by Katharine Morling.

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Poison Pen by Katharine Morling.

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Kristin Hohenadel's writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy.