November 4, 2013 |
For our next pick of unique holiday gifts, we head to the high desert: Brian Bosworth of BKB Ceramics in Joshua Tree. Among Bosworth's newest works is his Spectrum series, in which he melds a Japanese raku process with colors rooted in the midcentury design of nearby Palm Springs. "I am trying to keep with the primary palette of modernism," Bosworth said. The pieces pictured here range from $45 to $110, bought through his showroom (open on weekends or by appointment) or through his BKB Ceramics website , where you can see other examples of his work.
November 2, 2013 |
We set out to find 53 unique holiday gift picks from indie artists, artisans and craftspeople -- one every day from now until Christmas Eve -- and thought it a fitting to start with Kat Hutter and Roger Lee, whose studio is one of several making Los Angeles such a good place to be for fans of modern ceramics. The artists, who maintain separate careers in painting ( Hutter ) and ceramics ( Lee ), have been blending their talents for an interesting collection of graphic pieces appearing in some of L.A.'s more interesting stores.
September 19, 2013 |
Adam Silverman's plan for a quiet 2013 isn't panning out. On Oct. 27 the Laguna Art Museum will mount a show of the Los Angeles potter's work, and on Tuesday publisher Skira Rizzoli releases his book, “Adam Silverman Ceramics.” The monograph is a sumptuous overview of his recent work organized in a nontraditional format. “I wanted the book to be its own beautiful, self-standing object that is as good as the pots or better,” Silverman said. “I wanted it to have its own identity.” The bulk of the book consists of photographs by Stefano Massei of Silverman's tactile stoneware vessels.
August 31, 2013 |
SANTA BARBARA - Speaking recently to a sold-out crowd at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, noted British ceramic artist Grayson Perry held forth as his alter ego, Claire, in a pageboy blond bob and a satiny yellow frock dotted with cheerful coffee mugs. Asked if he had faced difficulties being accepted by the art world, he deadpanned, "The art world had more problems with my working in ceramics than being a transvestite. " Laughter erupted in the auditorium, acknowledging what many know: There's plenty of snobbery against those who work with their hands in the fields traditionally known as "crafts.
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July 28, 2013 |
Returning to his native Mexican village after many years, the artist was startled by what he didn't see. "Where are my friends, my relatives?" Alejandro Santiago asked the remaining residents of the town, Teococuilco de Marcos Perez, in a remote mountain area of Oaxaca state. Upon learning that most of them migrated from southern Mexico to the United States in search of work, he vowed to honor the departed and "repopulate" his impoverished hometown. Around 2002, he began to sculpt the first of hundreds of strangely poignant, human-looking ceramic figures and planned to place them around the village.
February 21, 2013 |
Natalie Chanin is someone I deeply admire. The Alabama native started her designing career in New York, but when she found she needed skilled seamstresses to complete her designs, she moved back home, to Florence, Ala., where textile mill closings had left many women without work. With Alabama Chanin she created a whole line of high-end appliqued and embroidered clothing around their considerable skills with a needle. Chanin doesn't just sell to exclusive boutiques, though. In three books, she's outlined how to make similar hand-stitched and embroidered pieces: Alabama Stitch Book: Projects and Stories Celebrating Hand-Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery for Contemporary Sustainable Style , Alabama Studio Style: More Projects, Recipes, & Stories Celebrating Sustainable Fashion & Living and Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe . She also has hooked up with Heath Ceramics to design her own line of dinnerware and table textiles.