Cardboard cups? What the..? Oh wait wait, these aren’t paper, these are actually cleverly disguised clay cups by the ceramics virtuoso Tim Kowalczyk.

When he’s not teaching at Illinois Central College, Tim spends time in his home studio, creating these amazing ceramic illusions of whatever texture he chooses to mimic. To achieve results like that, Tim has to get pretty creative. For example, to make the cardboard cups and plates feel realistic, he glazes the ceramics in certain areas to make it look like there’s tape on them.

“Objects I am drawn to can be described as pathetic, absurd, antiquated, banal, or even garbage,” writes the artist. “Objects are chosen that lack unique significance. However, I imagine a sublime provenance in these ordinary objects.“

More info: etsy | tim kowalczykinstagram (h/t: demilkedcompaniongallery)

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Brechtjuuh
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3 years ago

Where can I buy them?

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Gillian Concannon
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3 years ago

Love them! , difficult to purchase though

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Barbara Berg
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3 years ago

Love this one the most!

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JEFF THE KILLER
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3 years ago

Oh up close you can tell they are clay XD

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hawkeyefan iowa
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3 years ago

Homeless tea party 😊

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KittyBax
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3 years ago

Love it! even down to the aging of the tape!

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Stop-mashina
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3 years ago

Nice!!!

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CozaEVE
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3 years ago

gosh all of these are so cool

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Ivelina Gancheva
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3 years ago

These are awesome, great work!

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