Posts about 'clay'

tap for tea cup by imm living

the 3 fingerprints on the saucer of this tap for tea cup from canadian-based designer willie tsang for imm living symbolize the ancient chinese tradition of tapping on your saucer in silent gratitude to the person who refills your teacup. i love the story behind it and the pop of color on the plate.

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you can find the teacup for sale online at vidafine, and be sure to check out the other cool product imm living makes on their website (i am enjoying those totem cups right now).


blaue blume tea set

it wouldn’t make more sense if it was a dude’s legs sticking out of this ceramic tea set from uk designer tina tsang, would it?

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love that sugar bowl.

purchase the pieces separately at generate, and see more from tina right here.


dodge station pottery

my schedule is lightening a bit so i think i’ll be able to write a tad more this week, starting with the serene and simple wares from the napp family of wisconsin’s dodge station pottery. this stoneware collection is handmade of course, and frankly i would not be surprised a bit if the scenery surrounding them informs the work; they are situated in a bucolic village in central wisconsin. i am a big fan of unadorned dishware (letting the food on the plate be the show), and these pieces are as rustic and natural as can be.

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see more at their website, or make a purchase at their etsy shop.


glass and ceramics by jess wainer

i have got a few (not necessarily exciting) personal projects going on that are occupying my time, so i’ll only be writing sporadically for the next several weeks. in the meantime i hope you enjoy this ever-so-haunting glass and ceramic work from jess wainer. she is using a sgrafitto technique on the glass vases. very interesting.

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more intrigue here.


valentine shopping fun (round up)

late to the party, my head is swimming with all the vday goodies i’ve seen floating around here. some of these items might not make it to your mailbox before the big day but you can still enjoy looking at some of my favorite categories…

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romance in photography from jennifer squires, art of whimsy, kayleen michelle and alyson jones

valentine_jewelry

 inspired jewelry from laurie chapman, margaux lange, victoria buckley and stephanie simek

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ceramic and glass bliss from lily pottery and jeri goodman

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soft-sided accessory love from las lopezlas, fringe, stewart and brown, and linda lye

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poetic paper from l2 design collective, porterness, amy blackwell (via) and able and game (via)

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love spray from reed seifer

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chocolate creations from jean philippe maury, christopher elbow and knipschildt

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sweet and funny illustrations from laura george, seaspray blue and le papier

valentine_pillows

pillows: pooh, humble and veronique


nathalie lahdenmäki ceramics

pure and simple clay work from finnish ceramicist nathalie lahdenmäki.

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a bit more here.


new clay and glass works from sam baron

sam baron, the talented designer and art director of the avant design lab fabrica has created new ceramic work for bosa ceramiche and vista alegre, which will be shown at the maison et objet show happening now through the 27th of january 2009. and both sam and the fabrica collective have new glassware pieces they are showing there too, through secondome.

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i wish i was in paris right now so i could see these things in person!

see more creative inspiration at sam’s blog and the fabrica website.


dominic falcione clay sculpture: miniview

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i immediately connected with these handcrafted ceramic pieces in ohio-based artist dominic falcione’s shop the moment i saw them. they’ve got everything i love in high quality craft: the organic, tactile appeal of clay, the handsome sculptural forms, and a bonus: an true function, in this case as a vase. i was intrigued by dominic’s etsy profile, which on first read seemed oddly out of sorts with what he has in his shop, because in it he claims that he is not a potter! how can you have a ceramics line and not be a potter? well, dominic can, and with great passion. and the path he’s traveled to get there seems to flow and glide along as fluidly as his thoughts about it all…

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q: i see you’ve written in your profile on etsy that you have a metalsmithing and sculpture background. how did this all begin?

a: i never really built anything until i was about 21 years old. i was always more of an illustrator or painter. the first thing i really built was an iguana cage for my girlfriend at the time. i think it had a big impact on me because there were multiple elements to address about what an iguana cage is and how it needs to function – like heat, air flow, humidity, lighting, accessibility, security, a variety of landscape elements, etc. at the time, we were pretty attached to that cool little iguana so it was very important to make a healthy environment for it as well as make the cage a piece of furniture, a functional centerpiece to a room that incorporated a design influenced by the life that the cage contained. i got hooked on that kind of alchemic design aesthetic.

i entered college after that experience to pursue what i have always done, illustration and painting, but eventually, i began to see some metal work that other students were doing and started taking 3D courses. i focused in metalsmithing because of the small, intimate, intricate and meticulous work that i loved about drawing and painting. for me, metalsmithing evolved into small sculptural objects and i started to incorporate other materials as part of a language with metals as a base. then i began sculpture courses to make larger fabrications with wood, plaster, etc. i stuck with sculpture for a while because there was no precedent of materials – any material was part of the palette. sculpture gave me fabrication experience with materials and metalsmithing gave me experience in fabricating with precision and grace.

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from all this, i gained the experience and word of mouth as someone who knew how to design and make things well, which landed me a full time job working with a local architectural fabricator/artist john comunale. i quit school and worked in his studio full time for five years building huge architectural signage, interior fixtures like lighting and furniture, and just odd miscellaneous stuff. usually big stuff.

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q: so how did you get from this metalsmithing-sculpture combination to clay?

a: the experience at comunale’s took me away from conceptual work, or art for art’s sake. art for art’s sake was a lot of fun, but it was always expensive and very taxing for me personally in a lot of ways. that’s when i started to focus on functional work, more like art objects for the home or for an interior environment. i wanted my work to have a practical purpose. my work started to evolve from sculpture for shows and galleries, to sculpture for the home. the hardest thing i deal with as far as design aesthetics, simply because i just can’t force myself to let go of it, is how to maintain the sculptural language of materials as the vehicle for concept in practical, functional art. that’s really where the bulb vases came in. i made a decision to limit myself to one platform, and i chose the vase.

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i love the vase right now because it can be sculptural, ornamental, functional, and holds something that no human can really make – a symbol of our size, understanding, and place in this infinite universe of mystery and wonder as well as a symbol of life and death.

to answer your question, i would have to say that i don’t really look at it in that way. it is really just another addition to the palette. i try to use materials that make sense in the language of the object itself. it is an alchemic design approach, and the bulb vases are a successful example, for me, of that kind of harmonious design – hence, harmonix craftworks. the materials, form and function of an object create a language. and, like words in a sentence, they must be symbiotic with each other to be cohesive and understood.

you can find dominic’s work and get in touch with him at his etsy shop.

thank you dominic!


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