September 18, 2012 |
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)
July 25, 2012 |
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?
May 30, 2012 |
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.
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.
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February 6, 2011 |
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.
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.