Author: Through Objects

Ceramics by Enriqueta Cepeda

«I do not strive to achieve perfection, but instead, to achieve harmony in the irregular. I like to get a relatively heavy vessel to be experienced as graceful and easy.»   I work with my hands and with very simple tools because I want to have contact with the clay. Feel the clay with my fingertips. This was the way ceramics have been made for thousands of years. My design language is based on classical, timeless sculptural forms. I have been inspired by different ancient cultures and found my own expressions. Pueblo Indians who burnish their pots and polish after firing. The Japanese aesthetics with the concept of Wabi Sabi; to take care of the opportunities and strive for asymmetry and simplicity. I’m inspired by the non-symmetrical forms of nature. I build my ceramics by hand, letting the shapes to grow slowly. Throwing or casting do not interest me, they are working methods more to produce similar products and to produce larger quantities. I work with the natural color of the clay and its own …

Zerezes Sunglasses

«We believe that creating products that last for years and can be repaired is one of the most responsible things we can do as a company to the world»   Zerezes started in Rio in 2012, while we were still studying design. We found an American wooden glasses brand and tried to buy a frame at the time. Unfortunately, they did not ship to Brazil, and with that we decided to try to make our own. This happened when we were at our firsts internships, and we realized that we wanted to chart our own ways, rather than following a path traced by others. Along with this, Rio de Janeiro was “under construction” because of the World Cup, Olympics, and port area revitalization. A lot of old buildings turned into new, and a lot of materials (including woods full of history, with great physical properties and at a zero cost of acquisition), began to appear to us. At that moment we just joined one thing to another and saw the opportunity to turn a simple …

Canoa Lab – Part II

«We are also aware that the world is unstoppable, and patterns of action need to be renewed, even in crafts, whose model is in a moment of division and continual change.» It could be said that our pieces and our space, CANOA-lab (a place where everyone can approach the subject through classes, open study or internships), follow current tendencies in this promising future for handcrafts. Not so much related to shape, texture or their finish but to a vital positioning towards production, market, and knowledge sharing. Producing stuff by hand, doing some research, experimenting with plastic arts and enjoying work and creation processes make us have the potential to grow and develop ourselves while confronting the huge number of problems which arise with the decision to become producers and distributors of what we do. In this volatile society which has long forgotten the idea of working at the same place all your life, in this moment of history when values are changing and society demands a more sensitive and sustainable production, it seems necessary to …

Canoa Lab – Part I

«We think the dizzying speed of the current world keeps us from seeing how really important things are. So TIME was a key element for us, as it is probably the most valuable thing we have.» CANOA started as an idea around October 2015 but it wasn’t until May 2016 when it became a label at an official presentation in an open studio taking place two yearly in Russafa (Valencia). To set the project up we brought to the table our main curiosity and worries. We think the dizzying speed of the current world keeps us from seeing how really important things are. So TIME was a key element for us, as it is probably the most valuable thing we have. And we need it to follow our INQUISITIVENESS, the second inexhaustible and infinite key element of our project. We had just learned two new trades (new for us, old for humanity), and we found out that most crafts require slow and precise ability in order to be developed. From that moment we needed a …

Syzygy Eclipe by OS ∆ OOS

«This physical blocking of the light was an important aspect in our concept, where a total of three different lights demonstrate the three different aspects of a syzygy; transit, occultation and eclipse.» Syzygy Eclipse is a light from the Syzygy series; where each individual Syzygy, (a term from NASA) is translated into a light object. syz·y·gy [siz-i-jee] In astronomy, a syzygy is a straight line configuration of three celestial bodies in a gravitational system. The word is often used in reference to the Sun, the Earth and either the Moon or a planet, where the latter is in conjunction or opposition. Solar and lunar eclipses occur at times of syzygy, as do transits and occultations. We were asked to participate in a group exhibition where all the designers were asked to create a new work based on the theme of the exhibition: Re-appreciation. We read an article in the newspaper about the sun and that the sun was entering a wintersleep for about 70 years; changing the amount of radiation, but just not enough that it would …

Object & Totem by Julianne Ahn

«Ceramics as a craft has always been a trend.  It’s just taking a new and interesting wave in this modern digital age where making something tactile keeps you present.» I suppose there’s no story behind Object & Totem, just a circumstance I found myself in during a time in my life of feeling incredibly vulnerable just having lost my job.  So, I decided to take a ceramics class, because it was the winter and I had time. It was very frustrating in the beginning and almost gave up at the wheel, yet it was incredibly addictive, the swing of emotions you get from what starts as a messy ball to the satisfaction of creating a functional bowl.  And I guess that’s how I came to the conclusion of naming it Object & Totem.  All the good stuff happens in between the things you see and recognize as objects before they become something you cast off. It’s hard to define a significance behind what the work represents when the process of making ceramics feels significant in …

Ceramics by Karen Tinney

«In order to maintain balance – I draw my inspiration from art, architecture, and textures found out in the world.» My background is in home product and furniture design; I attended Parsons School of Design in New York City and worked there designing professionally before relocating to Philadelphia for a new job. Throughout my schooling and in my spare time, my passion for fiber arts grew and I was always experimenting and learning new skills. When I moved to Philadelphia in 2014, I took a ceramics class which reignited my interest in the medium. It only seemed natural to combine ceramics and fiber arts and I organically started to develop my work into what it is today. In November of 2016, I left my position as a product designer to pursue my own work full time. Today, my work is focused in two directions – pieces that are designed to be reproducible and are sold at select retailers, and collections of one of a kind pieces which are released periodically and sold through my website. …

Pulau Banda by Velasco Velasco

«[Pulau Banda] uses the narrative potential of textiles, long forgotten by most of western peoples but beautifully preserved in the everyday of African and Asian cultures.» My name is Marta Velasco Velasco, one Velasco is from Colombia and the other from Spain. Growing between two different cultures that at the same time have a lot in common awoke my curiosity for colonial history. It fascinates me how different cultures influence each other and how the sharing of material traditions enrich one to the other. I think history shapes our present and can inspire new stories. Two years ago talking with my brother about African Wax and its Dutch-Indonesian origins, he told me about the history of nutmeg. The spice was once worth its weight in gold and the islands where it was originally Pulau Banda, allured all European empires. Its high value brought the Dutch to colonize Indonesia and the story continues… It caught me straight away and I felt the need to share it with everyone as it encapsulates so many key aspects of …

Lilies of Forgiveness by Alana Wilson

«I feel we are at the tipping point where there is so much information passing through our worlds and our minds that it is difficult to have moments of natural emptiness, mental space for undirected thought and a balanced connection to the people and places in our lives.»   The Lilies of Forgiveness vessels were produced in collaboration with Régime des Fleurs, a Los Angeles-based fragrance company. I met Alia and Ezra a couple of years ago and we connected on a mutual appreciation and interest in art, history, and nature. Lilies of Forgiveness is a meditation on transcendence. The forms directly reference ancient amphorae whilst the glazed surfaces draw connotations to human skin and the minute details of flower petals – with specific attention to layering to create veins, veils, subtle nuances and a sense of graceful radiance. The vessels were exhibited alongside other artworks and a soundscape with arranged fresh flora at C. Nichols Project in Los Angeles, evoking the convergence of immateriality and visceral humanity. Technically, the glazed surfaces consist of multiple …

Round Chair by Mikiya Kobayashi

«And I think Japanese calligraphy is similar to interior design. We can create a good space, by putting beautiful and functional things on it. Japanese calligraphy has developed my sense of balance when designing.»   The Round chair is for TAIYOU&C. TAIYOU&C. is a brand launched by my design studio in 2016. The story begins at the time I was working at an interior architecture office. Indeed, I was already wondering about furniture suited for contract projects I was working on. Today TAIYOU&C. pursue and make this reflection a reality. Furniture, and chairs in particular, that we conceived for spaces such as hospitals, offices or buildings’ halls respond to specific and essential standards: First, they are shaped to fit harmoniously in the space, even when a numerous amount is arranged. Also, they are easy to use. Not only they are comfortable to sit in but also easy to stand up from. And of course, they are stackable. We are working with wood for its soothing properties makes it a perfect material within our stressful time. …