Welcome to Spotted, your weekly grab bag of art and design from the world of contemporary ceramics and contemporary ceramic art!
We’re kicking off this week with “Ireland” a beautiful design by Madrid studio Stone Designs for B.Lux. The studio states of the design:
The Ireland is a three-colour suspension lamp consisting of three independent lighting bodies whose height can be individually adjusted.
Its deconstruction of the traditional shade is its defining feature. The Ireland lamp’s three independent shades slide over each other, making it possible to generate different proportions and volumes with a single lamp. Its shades are made of handmade ceramic, and are available in tones evoking nature: earth, stone and sand, all in textured matte finishes with a satin white interior. Each of these shades has its own light source (E27). The Ireland is available in two diameters: 20 and 30 cm.
Stone Designs defines this new collection of lamps for home and contract projects as a light sculpture whose shapes and colour fit any setting. The Ireland was presented at the 2016 Light+Building Fair in Frankfurt, Germany in March. It belongs to the collection of decorative designer lighting by B.lux, a Basque manufacturer of designer design since 1980.
Criminal Tattoo Ceramics From Russia
Ceramic artist Valeria Monis was born in Tashken, Uzbekistan and works out of Tel-Aviv today. She graduated with a BA in Design from Holon Institute of Technology in 2015 and she states that she wants her ceramics to tell a story.
A narrative is certainly present in her “From Russia With Love” collection, a series of ceramics that use Russian prison tattoos for their inspiration. In Russia, a criminal with no tattoos has no status, the artist states. Armed with a dictionary of such tattoos and their meanings, Monis tells stories that few in the mundane world get to see outside of crime reporting. You can see more of the set, along with the meanings of the different plates, here.
Collected from the Internet: Ceramica Brasileira
Not much comment for this image. We collected it from the Facebook group Ceramica Brasileira and wanted to share it. Two terracotta-colored sculptures, occupying different rooms but just barely connected by line of sight through an open door. Are they thinking? sulking? Can we read envy into the figure in the foreground? A simple image with many unanswered questions.
Felicity Aylieff: Explorations in Blue at LINLEY
Royal College of Art ceramist Felicity Aylieff recently wrapped up an exhibition at David Linley gallery, London. Explorations in Blue (September 13 – October 29) was rooted within the context of traditional Chinese ceramics, although the works were ultimately contemporary. From the artist:
Aylieff creates her works of art in Jingdezhen, the historic home of Chinese porcelain production. The strong relationships developed with porcelain factories have enabled Aylieff to work in an unprecedented way and the knowledge and expertise gained from this rich cultural exchange have offered her limitless inspiration. The incredible collection of new work in this exhibition demonstrates her confidence when drawing-on and reinterpreting traditional Chinese techniques of porcelain production and decoration, marking an innovative time in this acclaimed artist’s career.
Her work is held in many international private collections, major institutions and museums including Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA. View an exhibition catalog of Aylieff’s work at Linley London here.
Aylieff taught David Linley ceramics when he attended Bedales School in Sussex.
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