Jon Almeda is the master of miniature ceramics. He creates tiny hand thrown pottery at 1” scale that is just as detailed as their much larger counterparts. The Washington-based artist makes vases, bowls, and even tea kettles tiny enough to sit atop a coin or toothbrush.
Almeda uses a custom design motorized curio wheel that affords the precise control needed to execute the building techniques needed for each object. “For many years I was throwing massive pieces, the bigger the better type mentality,” says Almeda. “While browsing a book store, i came across a book called ‘Creating Ceramic Miniatures’ that really change my whole outlook and approach.”
He says when he works it allows him to focus on the shape and form of a piece becoming a form of meditation for him. “I enjoy the process of making small vases and bowls without any scale of context look like their larger counterpart in detail and proportion” Even though look very delicate, Almeda’s pieces are able to withstand the painting and firing process. His pottery wheel is only two inches in diameter, atop a motor in a boxy enclosure no bigger than an external hard drive. It’s small enough to be portable, which allows Almeda to create his masterpieces anywhere he wants.
Almeda is a member of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, who offer classes on how to make miniatures. The Tacoma, Washington artist writes on his pottery website, “Size does matter.” Isn’t that the truth!!