Earth Matters- Lukas Wegerth
Los Angeles Ceramic Artist Bari Ziperstein
Inspired by Nature: The art of Cecile Daladier
Earth Matters-Lukas Wegwerth
For Berlin based artist Lukas Wegwerth, crystals serve as a glue that gives a glamourous second life to broken ceramic objects. In some ways, Wegwerth is like a modern day alchemist. When looking for a solution to fix a favorite broken teapot, he became intrigued by the Japanese method of applying gold dust in the glue to purposely reveal the fissures in a broken vessel, and as such, elevating the object to a new status. After lengthy research and experimentation, he developed a process of applying a special salt-based solution along the unglazed edge of the ceramic. Overtime the crystals flourish and expand in unimaginable ways, as if transforming, Terminator style, right before our eyes. Click for full article on Trend Tablet. Photo courtesy of Gallery Fumi
Interview with Bari Ziperstein
Bari Ziperstein is part of a vibrant and growing community of Los Angeles makers; Multi-talented and multidisciplinary artists, designers, craftspeople, architects and overall creatives who are experimenting and challenging the definition of what their individual fields can be. Ziperstein’s primary medium is clay, but she moves fluidly moves between making art, design and objects. She studied fine art at Cal Arts in Los Angeles, and regularly exhibits her work in galleries in public art projects. About five years ago she began to focus on her line of design objects called BZIPPY, which features her signature style of building modular, brutalist style vases and lamps that are as sculptural as they are functional, as well as a line of architectural jewelry and accessories. In the same 6-months Bari might have an exhibition in a gallery, participated in a design project, and had a booth in the Echo Park craft fair, yet all of these pieces fit together under one cohesive artistic and creative practice. Here Bari discusses her connection to LA, growing up scouting flea markets with parents who collected vintage objects, her formative education at Cal Arts, and her interest in suburban house fences.
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Inspired by Nature-Cecile Daladier
Inspired by nature: An interview with Cecile Daladier
French artist Cécile Daladier, creates ceramic vases and vessels that make unexpected bouquets and offer a new way of looking at the natural world around us. Originally trained as a musician, Cécile also worked as a painter and a landscape designer before turning her attention to making hand built and Raku fired ceramics, but her deep passion for the botanical world has always been an integral part of her work since the beginning of her career. Finding inspiration for her vases in the streets of Paris, collecting the small, fragile weeds that pop up in between the cobblestones, as much as in her thriving, wild garden in the heart of the Drôme in the French countryside where she now lives and works, her unique, sculptural vases and vessels feel like an ideal reflection of wabi sabi. Not pristine nor perfectly formed, her work is none the less intuitively beautiful, poetic and harmonious. The earthiness of the glazed surfaces retain a raw quality, tending towards the neutral monochromes of grays, beiges, whites and creams, a perfect contrast to the colors of the plants and flowers. Most of the vases have multiple openings, small, punctured holes for the wispiest of stems and larger, raised cones for tulips and bigger flowers, and they are often made to interact with the water, offering surfaces that reflect the light and their surroundings.
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