Friday, October 31, 2008

From the Archive/ Dutch Tile

Dutch tile for "edelweiss 1" in 2005. MORE HERE

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Suspended Fireplace

Beautiful suspended fire place design by Antrax, including the FireOrb.  MORE HERE

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Guiseppe Penone

Arte Povera Genuis

Urns/ Thomas Schutte

Green and yellow Urns from the International Ceramic Museum in Faenza Italy. Also, urns from Thomas Schutte. I first saw these at the Dia Center in New york in 1999 as part of "In Media Res". Fantastic pieces. MORE HERE

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Adonde Collection

More Modular Ceramic Dinnerware from Adonde of France. Find out more

Fish Print

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tom Dixon

The Eco-Ware line by Tom Dixon. 5 years and into the compost.

Geert Lap

The simple and strange perfect object by Geert Lap.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Seeing Red

In House Mini Trifle Cups produced in France.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Monte Testaccio

There is a large mound in Rome that stands as a testament to early urban culture, design and influence. The mound is called Monte Testaccio and it is composed almost entirely of fragments of broken ceramic vessels or "amphorae".  The volume of these transport containers indicate the amount of food and transport needed to support the Roman Empire. MORE HERE

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Closely Seperated Vase

The closely seperated vase by Michael Geertsen for


Atelier Van Lieshout home edition AVL


My favorite hand-blown glass marble.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Tote

Our new Tote from Tricot Naturelle. German Stenciled Grain Sack.

On Arranging Things

Just returned from Tricot Naturelle HQ and had a lesson in order. Materials, objects, imagery, and relics all together.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Good read

Great Paul Auster read. Never judge a book by it's cover, but I want to live in this room. Horse included.

Public Kiln

Public kiln from Faenza Italy, center of Fiance production ware. This kiln sits right off the public square.


Vintage tools from my Grandfathers workshop now in use in studio ianiswas. The brush has been stamped 12-26-1933. Same year as the passing of the 21st Amendment ending prohibition.

Gladding McBean

Also today, a post on Gladding McBean, an architectural and industrial Terra Cotta factory just outside Sacramento. Examples can be seen throughout california, including here, the Fine Arts Building in Los Angeles. Many of you have also seen the terra cotta sewer pipes periodically being replaced.  These photos were taken at the Gladding McBean factory. Major production.

More from Tricot Naturelle

3 pillows from Tricot Naturelle, made from vintage Japanese Denim curtains. Great detail work.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My Great Grandmothers Diploma

I recently was given my Great Grandmothers Diploma from the Kansas City College of Music. The diploma dates 1900, and shows my Great Grandmother Jessie Marchant was proficient in both Guitar and the Mandolin. 

Our Garden, plus

Even though it is really warm now in San Francisco, the summer garden is in decline. So, just a few images from the garden this year. Carrots, pole beans, lettuce, kale, swiss chard, zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, small onions, and various little bits. Plus a small piece I made in nebraska circa 1999.

John Mason

Two amazing works of large scale ceramic by John Mason. The Red X from 1966 is in the collection of the LA County Museum. The Green Cross, the Oakland Museum.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Covert Ironworks

My father-in-law's foundry Covert Ironworks cast all of the new bells on El Camino Real throughout California. The bells are actually cast in a "pig iron", so they thud, rather than ring.
We have a smaller bell (above) from the Santa Barbara Mission bell tower. Our bell is made from a ductile cast iron, and has a booming ring.


A few works from Droog Design including two from Tejo Remy. The classic chest of drawers and the Rag Chair. Also, the "Do Break Vase" by Frank Tjepkema & Peter van de Jagt.  The vase is lined with rubber, allowing the owner to break the vase, without compromising it's usability. Thus each object becomes unique.