The big world of tiny ceramics
By Sophia Cai


About Clayful

A tiny book that showcases some of the world’s tiniest ceramics.

Often no taller than 1-inch, miniature ceramics are much smaller than the hands that craft them. Perfectly formed, these minuscule pottery pieces can only hold a small sprig of tiny flowers at most, but they contain all the talent of larger works.

Clayful showcases 30 international ceramicists whose miniature vessels invite you to lean in and marvel. With precise craftmanship, these artists transform clay in joyful interpretations of classic forms and techniques, shrunk down to fit on the tip of a finger, barely taller than a coin.

Book details

Publication date
August 2024 ()
September 2024 (US)
September 2024 (UK)
130 mm × 103 mm
248 pages

About the author

Sophia Cai is a curator, arts writer, and lecturer based in Naarm (Melbourne) Australia. She is the Artistic Director of Bus Projects, one of Australia’s longest running independent artist-run organisations, and teaches at the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne, and Monash Art Design & Architecture, Monash University.

Sophia’s research interests include Asian art histories, the intersections between contemporary art and craft, and feminist curatorial methodologies and community-building as forms of political resistance. She completed her Master of History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

As an independent curator Sophia has worked on several exhibitions at artist-run spaces, public galleries, and independent organisations across Australia and online. Sophia’s writing on art and culture has been widely published in international and national publications including Artforum, Art Almanac, Artist Profile, and Art Collector Magazine. She is a regular opinion piece contributor to Art Guide Australia. She has delivered public programs, lectures and talks at National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, ACCA, Craft Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art, RMIT, and more.