Welcome back to Spotted, our weekly top-favs list from the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. This week we dive in with an interview with one of our favorite ceramists Brian Rochefort.
Brian Rochefort: In the Studio
Your ceramics take on such unfamiliar shapes and textures. How do you develop the processes seen in your work?
I develop thick glaze by carefully applying glaze, layer by layer, in a very similar way a painter applies paint to a canvas, except in between each layer of glaze, I fire the piece in a kiln. Sometimes I smash the tops off of pieces I do not like and rework the surface by dipping it in wet clay. Because of the technique, every work can be considered an ongoing piece. I can always glaze over an unfavorable surface, so I exploit this.
Seven Sisters Station Installation
We’ve Spotted Turner Prize-winning Assemble Studio and artist Matthew Raw’s latest installation at the Seven Sisters Underground station in London. Inspired by the myriad tile designs in the London Underground, the designers have covered the station in thousands of colorful, handmade tiles, Dezeen writes.
Named Clay Station, the refurbishment commissioned by Art on the Underground focused on a retail unit at the entrance of Seven Sisters that had lain empty for more than a decade.
Eat + Buy Dishes
We’ve Spotted this restaurant where you can literally buy the dishes you eat from. The New York Times reports La Mercerie, the cafe, bakery and restaurant in the furniture and design store Roman and Williams Guild in Soho, diners can order something to go: the plates, the napkins, the tableware, the candlesticks and even the tables.
The Portland Vase
We Spotted ceramics writer and guest curator Rob Hunter had the opportunity to photograph the 18th century example of the Portland Vase by Neale & Co., which he calls “overshadowed in ceramic history by the well known Wedgewood copy.”
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