Artist Shayna Leib has traversed from glass into the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics with her saliva inducing culinary creations from her Pâtisserie collection. Feast your eyes!
We strongly advise against taking a chomp out of these decadent desserts, however, as they certainly would not taste as good as they look (and may even hurt, ouch!). That’s because they’re made from porcelain, and some are even topped with the juiciest-looking glass raspberries.
Colossal writes Leib (like us at this moment) is attracted to the seductive pull of decadent desserts.
Unlike most however, Leib is unable to indulge. Her body reacts to several aspects of puffed pastries and chocolate mouses, causing her to have many severe dietary restrictions. It was this void that pulled her towards the desire to work with the unattainable, to recreate the objects she couldn’t eat.
In her artist statement, Leib describes this hitch as a “therapeutic exercise in deconstruction and a re-training of the mind to look at dessert as form rather than food. It soon became a technical riddle, and I became a food taxidermist of french pastries.”
To recreate her hyperrealistic desserts, she combines elements of porcelain and glass making, utilizing nearly every technique, she explains.
“To glass, I combined my love of porcelain, realizing where one material floundered, the other excelled. This body of work utilizes nearly every possible technique in both mediums; glassblowing, hot-sculpting, lampwork, fusing, casting, and grinding in glass and well as the ceramic techniques of hand-building, throwing, and using a good old fashioned pastry tube.”
Do you love or loathe these sweet imitations? Did you run out to the store right away to pick up something as sweet and beautiful? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.