I Love: Vanessa Bean

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Sydney graphic designer Vanessa Bean‘s [real name Holle] Totems are beyond charming. The graphic influence of her profession is so evident in these adorable stacks of ceramics.

Vanessa discovered ceramics 2 years ago after doing a community college evening course in porcelain jewellery and has been experimenting with different techniques ever since. “I have a tendency to put a face on most of the things I make and the totems allowed me to work on small components that could be put together to make a bigger piece.” Says Vanessa.

Vanessa uses a simple, decorative and graphic approach to the pieces. “Because the rings are not complex to make I can focus on the painting and I purpose glaze selected elements to highlight the contrast between matt and gloss.”

A small selection of totems is currently sold through Koskela in Sydney and Klopper in Melbourne.

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Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

2 Comments on I Love: Vanessa Bean

  1. Two Little Birdies
    Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 11:46 at 11:46 am (3 years ago)

    Those totem ceramics are absolutely amazing. Off to Koskela to buy one x

  2. mlleparadis
    Friday, October 4th, 2013 21:39 at 9:39 pm (3 years ago)

    how sweet and clever! thanks so much for this discovery!

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