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July 25, 2012 | By Craig Nakano
Obsession of the moment: Hasami porcelain plates and bowls released in a new matte black finish by the Japanese design importer TGS, or Tortoise General Store, in Venice. The Hasami porcelain is beautiful in its spare simplicity and smart function. The pieces nest nicely for storage. Optional oak lids pair well with the stone bowls and can be used separately as serving trays. TGS co-owner Keiko Shinomoto says  the collection has a nice back story too: It's part of a project in the southern Japanese town of Hasami, where a pottery tradition that dates to 1599 is ailing because of -- can you guess?
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December 11, 2013 | By L.A. at Home staff
Our scouting for this gift guide recently brought us to that L.A. haven for the handmade, Freehand Gallery. That's where we came upon the porcelain wine cups of Ojai ceramist Sandra Torres. The artist said she likes porcelain because it's "the thinnest of its expressions. " To create vessels that are at once delicate yet tough, Torres uses a slipcasting process. She pours her material into delicate molds, then later manipulates the wet clay so each piece carries the presence of the artist's hands.
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July 22, 2001 | JOHN BERGER, John Berger is a novelist, storyteller, poet, screenwriter and art critic. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including "To the Wedding," the "Into their Labours" trilogy, "About Looking," "Ways of Seeing" and "G.," for which he won the Booker Prize
The house stands on one side of a square in which there are tall poplars. The house, built just before the French Revolution, is older than the trees. It contains a collection of furniture, paintings, porcelain, armor, which, for over a century, has been open to the public as a museum. The entry is free, there are no tickets, anybody can enter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
Father Maur van Doorslaer lived a kind of double life. For decades, the Benedictine monk spent half the year working in a studio at an abbey in Belgium, painting abstract art in varying shades of white. For the other half, he took in the High Desert summers at St. Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, where he made "cookies," his name for the folksy porcelain plaques he designed depicting angels, saints and biblical scenes. "For six months of the year, I'm a serious artist," he told The Times in 1986, "and for six months a year, I play with dolls.
TRAVEL
July 19, 1987 | JENNIFER MERIN, Merin is a New York City free-lance writer .
In Sweden, Gustavsberg porcelain means tradition. The company was founded in 1825, and its Ceramics Center occupies the original site--on the island of Varmdo in the scenic Swedish archipelago just 20 kilometers from the center of Stockholm. Gustavsberg produces distinctive top-quality china and stoneware, with traditional and modern patterns, as well as fabulous one-of-a-kind porcelain objets d'art, designed and handmade by the company's fine ceramists.
NEWS
December 15, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Eighty-seven pieces of porcelain made for the late Communist Party leader Mao Tse-tung during the Cultural Revolution drew $1 million at auction. All but one piece--a bowl--was bought by a follower of Mao who now heads a government futures trading firm. The collection--teacups, bowls, wine vessels and other pieces in white porcelain dappled with pink plum and peach blossoms--was ordered by aides seeking to gain Mao's favor.
NEWS
September 18, 2012 | By Caitlin Keller
Igor and Yelena Klimenkoff found themselves sighing over the lost craftsmanship that went into making beautiful handmade tabletop pieces like the antique teacups they were sipping from at the time. So in 2004, the couple opened a small porcelain studio  in Moscow, specializing in handcrafted, hand-painted, one-of-a-kind pieces. The studio's porcelain production features a collection of fruits and vegetables , cast with detail finished by hand, that can be found at the studio's sister shop Far4 ( farfor means porcelain in Russian)
HOME & GARDEN
August 11, 2010 | Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Hawthorne" producer Preston Fischer and his wife, Marsha Lewis , have listed their Marina Del Rey penthouse at $899,000. Located in a gated complex built in 1980, the custom unit has two terraces bringing light into its 2,300 square feet of living space. The Italian-style kitchen, designed by Adam Wheeler, has new stainless-steel appliances, an eight-burner Wolf range and a Miele dishwasher. Designed for entertaining, the two-bedroom, two- bathroom condo has a living room with two-story-tall windows, a media room, a loft that could serve as a third bedroom, a rooftop sundeck and two fireplaces faced with marble.
TRAVEL
October 2, 1988
My apologies for this long-overdue letter. However, it's all Jerry Hulse's fault. If he hadn't had such nice things to say about us in "Vermont's Inn Places" (July 31) I would have had time on my hands. As it is, we've been busy welcoming West Coasters since the first week in August. We look forward to many more visitors during foliage--they're coming in from all over the country! Needless to say, we're thrilled. We consider our Quilted Cat, Rural Route 1, Box 201A, Andover, Vt. 05143, phone (802)
NEWS
December 17, 1987
Boughs of holly may still deck the halls, but when it comes to the Christmas tree, this year's discriminating decorator favors pricey designer ornaments such as those made of lead crystal by Baccarat and Waterford. "They're selling like hot cakes," said Jean Ross, who sells crystal Christmas tree ornaments at Bullock's in Sherman Oaks. Designer ornaments start at about $20 for silver-plated and etched Christmas bells, and prices soar to $100 for 6-inch crystal angels by Baccarat.
NEWS
September 18, 2012 | By Caitlin Keller
Igor and Yelena Klimenkoff found themselves sighing over the lost craftsmanship that went into making beautiful handmade tabletop pieces like the antique teacups they were sipping from at the time. So in 2004, the couple opened a small porcelain studio  in Moscow, specializing in handcrafted, hand-painted, one-of-a-kind pieces. The studio's porcelain production features a collection of fruits and vegetables , cast with detail finished by hand, that can be found at the studio's sister shop Far4 ( farfor means porcelain in Russian)
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Craig Nakano
Obsession of the moment: Hasami porcelain plates and bowls released in a new matte black finish by the Japanese design importer TGS, or Tortoise General Store, in Venice. The Hasami porcelain is beautiful in its spare simplicity and smart function. The pieces nest nicely for storage. Optional oak lids pair well with the stone bowls and can be used separately as serving trays. TGS co-owner Keiko Shinomoto says  the collection has a nice back story too: It's part of a project in the southern Japanese town of Hasami, where a pottery tradition that dates to 1599 is ailing because of -- can you guess?
BUSINESS
May 30, 2012 | By David Colker
There's $43 million worth of 16th-century Chinese porcelain just waiting to be picked up. One catch: It's at the bottom of the ocean, about 200 feet down, off the coast of Indonesia. The treasure trove ended up there when the giant wooden junk that was carrying it sunk, probably when it was on its way to the city that is now Jakarta, according to Bloomberg News. The wreckage of the Chinese merchant ship -- far larger than European ships of the time -- was discovered in 2008.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2011
EVENTS Get a jump start on the holiday shopping at the 29th Annual Irvine Holiday Faire festive boutique, which will feature hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, folk crafts, porcelain, dolls, clothing, holiday decorations from more than 150 vendors. Proceeds from the fair are put back into the local arts community. Irvine Fine Arts Center, 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine. 5-9 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sat. $2. (949) 724-6880.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
As a leading contemporary ceramic artist, Elsa Rady created elegantly simple porcelain vessels and often controlled how they were presented by bolting the refined pieces into place. "She really forged her own path and became a force," said Jo Lauria, an independent curator who included Rady's work in "Craft in America," a national touring show that debuted in 2007. "Calculating the experience of the viewer ? I don't know of any other artist who is her equal in that," Lauria said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2010
Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer celebrated his 103rd birthday Wednesday with the launch of a museum dedicated to his career. The Oscar Niemeyer Foundation outside Rio de Janeiro will house exhibits about the legendary architect's 70 years of work. Niemeyer is responsible for more than 600 modernist projects around the world. They include the sweeping concrete structures that house Brazil's government in the capital, Brasilia, and U.N. headquarters in New York. Niemeyer is still working and has won numerous awards, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1988.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 1993 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Utz" (Nuart) has one of those oddball themes for a movie that turns out surprisingly well. Set in Soviet-controlled Czechoslovakia, it's about an obsessed Meissen porcelain collector, the Baron von Utz (Armin Mueller-Stahl), who has the last laugh on the communist authorities. Based on the 1988 novel by Bruce Chatwin and directed by George Sluizer from a script by Hugh Whitemore, it's an amusingly cultivated jaunt.
NEWS
September 11, 1985 | MARY LOU LOPER, Times Staff Writer
Mrs. James M. Cheney and her vivacious young crowd--members of the Children's Chain of Childrens Hospital--are deep into aesthetics over table arrangements with Milo Bixby, discussing mirrored boxes and dramatic white flowers for the Childrens Chain Dinner Dance in Pasadena on Sept. 21. They'll have to go some to best Mrs. James Galbraith's party last year. But the team is strong for this black-tie affair, which signals the beginning of the fall season. Newlywed Mrs.
HOME & GARDEN
August 11, 2010 | Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Hawthorne" producer Preston Fischer and his wife, Marsha Lewis , have listed their Marina Del Rey penthouse at $899,000. Located in a gated complex built in 1980, the custom unit has two terraces bringing light into its 2,300 square feet of living space. The Italian-style kitchen, designed by Adam Wheeler, has new stainless-steel appliances, an eight-burner Wolf range and a Miele dishwasher. Designed for entertaining, the two-bedroom, two- bathroom condo has a living room with two-story-tall windows, a media room, a loft that could serve as a third bedroom, a rooftop sundeck and two fireplaces faced with marble.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2009 | Leah Ollman
Now playing at the Frank Lloyd Gallery: an Oscar-worthy performance by an inert substance in a sculpture role. In Richard Shaw's fabulous show, clay takes on a panoply of guises -- cigar box, paintbrush, animal skull, dollar bill -- and plays them all brilliantly. Under Shaw's direction, clay is the consummate actor, channeling identities with such conviction that we forget, momentarily, what's real and what's a different kind of real. The Bay Area artist has been creating illusionistic still-life sculpture for decades, porcelain renderings of things at once precious and pedestrian.
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