Ceramics. If the word conjures whimsical images of cups, bowls, vases -- and, sure, Patrick Swayze -- you're not alone. But the artistic genre contains much more than tableware.
In the past year or so, the 27,000-year-old art form has been making quite the trendy comeback. We've encountered ceramic art objects ranging from the minimal to the eccentric, the abstract to the explicit. Yet through the outpour, a particular current has caught our eye.