Crafts and Ceramics from the 2nd International Art Competition Sponsored by the Museum of Church History and Art
The earth—rich in natural resources such as clay, wood, stone, and ore—has always provided the materials for mankind’s practical needs and artistic expression.
And so it is today. Many artists still choose earth’s natural resources as their media. But with the far more sophisticated tools and methods available, artisans have raised the skills of pottery, metalworking, woodworking, and other crafts to the level of fine art. Not only can today’s exquisitely glazed pots, polished metalwork, and intricate wood carvings reflect fine craftsmanship, but they can also tell of scripturally based ideas and events.
The following crafts and ceramics were created by Latter-day Saint artists as interpretations of scriptural ideas or stories. These works were part of the Second International Art Competition, “Themes from the Scriptures,” sponsored by the Museum of Church History and Art. More than eight hundred Latter-day Saint artists in forty-two nations submitted paintings, sculptures, textiles, crafts, and ceramics. From these entries, a number were selected to receive awards of distinction, awards of merit, and purchase awards.
Several of the following crafts and ceramics are winners of these awards, and they serve as reminders that we have the opportunity to take simple elements from the earth and turn them into art.