Ceramic Artists at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016
While there were less ceramic artists represented at this year’s Architectural Digest Design Show 2016, the ones that attended showed quality and sophistication. Here are our favorites as chosen by the editors of Design Life Network.
A SPACE STUDIO
Brooklyn-based design duo Anna Aristova and Roza Gazarian offer up some of the Architectural Digest Design Show’s most interesting and fresh design. The two ladies started their company in 2013 with a mission to create “opulent textures inspired by nature, evoking a purity of spirit,” through a “relentless exploration of technique and material.” The team delivered on their promise, showing minimalist furniture, lighting, artwork, and our favorite part, ceramics. Their ceramics sublimely balance accidental organic qualities with mindful human intervention. The pieces feel like they could have existed before man but clearly show their maker’s mark by the subtle manipulations of coloring and clay.
DANIEL LEVY PORCELAIN
Daniel Levy has it down. The veteran New York ceramic artist knows his audience and has been running his own studio since 1982. With a deft hand, Levy mixes clean, minimal, contemporary porcelain with Asian accents and the right touch of “Contemporary bling.” The dishes exhibited were trimmed in gold and black set against the high caliber white porcelain. But, for those who are a fan of silver, the metallic and other colors can be found on the artist’s website.
Boston-based Lawrence McRae is known for his modern, sophisticated design approach. McRae’s architecturally pleasing forms appear potentially machine made, but are in fact all hand-finished, with every detail impeccably crafted. The booth set-off against a graphic yellow background, showed ceramic vessels and lamps. The kind sales person, who attended to us, made sure to let us know that we could customize the exact size and location of the drilled signature holes.
MIDDLE KINGDOM PORCELAIN
Bo Jia and Alison Alten established the Middle Kingdom kiln in 1998 to bridge the gap between classical and modern ceramic traditions of China. Their restrained work uses carefully selected clay and custom glazes to achieve modern effects while adhering to the traditional craft of the region. The company employs time-tested studio apprenticeships to develop skilled crafts people who continue the ceramic art traditions. Most impressive where the company’s low, large bowls, which according to cultural trend experts is becoming the go to vessel of the future leading in sales above plates and other dishware.
GAIL GARCIA DINNER-WARE
Former Art Director, Gail Garcia brings her urban edge and eye to ceramics shown at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016. A native New Yorker, Garcia works in the city and her Northern location in Hudson, NY. Producing the tableware line for about ten years, Garcia’s work brings the grit of New York combined with an Abstract Expressionist sensibility.
With Portland, Maine as his home, Miles Spandone prefers to create objects with “the essence of a form through a process of reduction” and “void of decoration.” The modernist designer’s best objects are some of his simple and refined ceramic pieces. The designer offered other categories in his style which included furnishings of plastic and sculptures of gypsum. When Spandone is most simple, it creates his most successful objects and his ceramic pieces seem to get that correct. As we photographed we saw his ceramic pieces sell to show goers.