Ceramics artist Tim Kowalczyk from Illinois creates cups, mugs, and plates that look exactly like cardboard.

  • Tim makes this ‘ceramic cardboard’ out of his home in Minonk, IL
  • He is the adjunct instructor for Ceramics at Illinois Central
  • He was drawn to the art of ceramics because of its ability to replicate the forms and textures of other materials
  • For his cardboard pieces, he glazes some sections and leaves others bare to give the impression that small pieces of tape are covering a rougher surface
  • He can also make ceramics that look like aluminum cans
  • He sells his unique cups and mugs on his Etsy Store.

Working hard to catch up! #studio #saturdaynight #building #glaze #transfer

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Matchbooks! #match #fire #red #books

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