I visited the SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) show in Chicago today and came away with a new appreciation for artists working with ceramics. One of my favorite gallerists was there, Barry Friedman. He said he’s seeing ceramics as a trend, and I did see an incredible variety of pieces created from variations on the material. He had brought Akio Takamori’s stoneware figures to the show, one of which was “Boy in the Red Shoes, 2010,” shown below. If you’re in New York City this coming Friday, November 12, Friedman is holding an opening at the gallery (515 West 26th Street, NYC 10001) from 6 to 8 p.m., and Takamori will be on hand. Friedman will also be bringing his refined eye to Design Miami/ in early December. Look for another trend I spotted on the Curated Object later this week!