New Obsession: Conceptual Ceramics

Each season when I dive into a new trend forecast I am overtaken with a new design obsession, this season I’m all about the conceptual ceramics…

I love Los Angeles based ceramicist Ben Medansky’s sculptural pieces. Working with terracotta, Medansky’s highly usable tableware is irreverently detailed with architectural features like clay spring handles and rhythmic spike protrusions. Imperfections in glazes and a delightful half and half dip reveals slivers of tan terracotta underneath.

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Californian ceramist softened by the thick, opaque glazes applied to the surface. I never thought I would be drawn to a red vase, but the one below is just perfection!

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I am obsessed with Michele Quan’s ever changing series of stoneware bells which hang from beautiful hemp rope and have knockers made from reclaimed walnut. The new ones are decorated with slick hand-painted graphic stripe patterns – how stunning are the  burnt umber coloured set?!

She has also updated her collection of surreal eye plates with irises filled with stars…

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Lastly I have had my eye on the playful mugs of Recreation Centre for ages. I love the contrast of the graphic squiggle and dot patterns against the traditional glazes and pottery work. Beauties!

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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

1 Comment on New Obsession: Conceptual Ceramics

  1. InteriorsPL
    Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 23:52 at 11:52 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, It might be my new obsession too 🙂

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