Bitossi is a household name if you are into mid century modern or Italian ceramics. I recently came across an article over at invasioni. They have some amazing images of the factory where it all started. It looks as thought many things have not changed. The styling and designs have changed but the process looks to be the same. I love seeing the shelves full of different styles. The shelves remain me of a history or catalogue, what I wouldn’t give to wonder through or have a tour of this historic facility.
Daniel Mochi recently sent me link to his artwork. His technique shows a lot of energy, what type of energy can be interpreted by the viewer. The amount of color Daniel uses ads to the excitement and depth of his brush strokes. Any of these works would add a tremendous point of conversation. With some of his lines I almost get a tribal theme.
The other day I came across a piece of pottery by Lucie Rie and fell in love. The shapes are so minimal and inviting. The balance between the simplicity of the shape and the complexity of the colors is stunning. The pieces with all of the intricate lines work won me over, so beautiful. Lucie Rie (1902-1995), Viennese emigre, set up studio in London, pre-WWII, was a leader for English potters and studio pottery in the 20th century. Her work is the embodiment of the Japanese aesthetic of ‘wabi-sabi‘, the acceptance of impermanence and imperfection.
Thomas Bohle is an extremely talented ceramicist and artist. I can’t remember how I came across his work but I glad I did. The precision and exactness creates a minimalist silhouette only to reveal some amazing details in texture and execution. The drip glaze looks like it is alive and still moving but gladly frozen in time. I love the combination of matte and gloss, it is a perfect juxtaposition of textures.
Michael Carson is an amazing talent. I was instantly enthralled with his work. I love that the figures have a slight blur or undefined edges giving the view an opportunity to use their imagination just a little more than enjoying the story. The opaque qualities of some of his brush strokes offer a sense of depth and act as an artists stylistic signature. I can easily picture one of these pieces being the focal point in a room.
Stephen Ormandy was the name that came up when I came across a stunning painting on instagram. Stephen’s work has to be some of my favorite. His paintings are simple in shape and color but there is complexity, the shapes interaction with one another create an unsaid complexity that one has to find. His sculptures are an outstanding exploration of fluid continuous movement. I love the exploration of materials in his sculpture as well.