December 16, 2013 |
Cranbrook grads and recent California transplants Marie Perrin-McGraw and Robert Turek have developed a new collection of ceramics that will seem fresh to even the most devoted attendees of L.A.'s artisan pop-up markets and "maker" fairs. The eye-grabbers of the Lustered Walnut line are ceramic mugs with handholds shaped like bananas or cross-handle faucets, but what drew our attention were more delicate pieces made with a slipcasting process that lends a rougher, more handmade finish.
November 24, 2013 |
Creating design by hand gets expensive; creating design by hand in L.A., even more so. But today we have some budget-minded offerings from Los Angeles artist Bianca Pulitzer, whose ceramics are the latest installment of our Handmade Holidays gift guide. Pulitzer's Bone napkin rings -- glazed stoneware pieces stamped with expressions related to appetite, from "starved" to "sated" -- are just $5 apiece. Beautifully simple Textured napkin rings made of hand-carved white porcelain are just $10 each.
November 21, 2013 |
Jay Kvapil's new, variably intriguing ceramic work at Couturier is largely about surface -- viscous, painterly glazes and cratered shells. With only a few exceptions, the vessel forms are understated and conventional. They call little attention to themselves and instead serve as vehicles for potent color and assertive texture. Kvapil titled an earlier series "Pictorial Vessels," making explicit the priority given to surface as bearer of image or mark. Several works here continue in that vein, their glazes like thick, draping garments extending below the cylindrical body of a cup or vase.
November 20, 2013 |
Ask Mickey Fielding how she makes her Cluster -- a ceramic tripod of snack bowls, balanced on pointed feet -- and the artist pauses, then lets out a sigh. "It's painstaking," she says. Fielding throws each bowl individually, then lays them out on the kiln shelf, upside down. She puts clay bricks under shorter bowls (ensuring the Cluster will be properly balanced when stood right-side up on a table). Only at that point can Fielding add what she calls "the little umbilical cords. " The finished arrangement cannot move before it's fired, or else the whole thing will simply fall apart.
November 19, 2013 |
Like so many handmade designs, Bari Ziperstein's stoneware coasters are distinctive in their size, color and shape. The Glassell Park artist said she is inspired by Finnish patterns and the California desert in creating her Bzippy & Co. collection, which includes jewelry, brutalist vases and bowls, bud vases and pyramid lamps. The heavy stoneware coasters are hand-painted circles or hexagons, easily stacked on a table. A set of four is $45. They're available at Individual Melody in Los Angeles, ReForm School in Silver Lake, Fifth Floor in Chinatown, Platform in Highland Park, the Orange County Museum of Art Museum Shop in Newport Beach and BKB Ceramics in Joshua Tree.
November 10, 2013 |
"I'm proudly analog," says Adam Silverman, and the Los Angeles architect-turned-fashion-designer-turned-potter isn't kidding. Where most modern travelers might fuss over laptops, tablets or smartphones during their airplane flights, Silverman obsessed over an entirely different kind of luggage during recent trips from Fort Worth, Texas. There, to create pots honoring the 40th anniversary of the Kimbell Art Museum's Louis I. Kahn building, Silverman excavated clay from a construction site for its new Renzo Piano wing.