Friday, February 27, 2009

Studio Job

Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel are Studio Job.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jurgen Bey

Dutch designer Jurgen Bey
Studio JurgenBey HERE

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

1960's Rosenthal

"Studio-Linie" for Rosenthal of Germany, designed by Tapio Wirkkala circa 1960-70

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Someday We'll Look Back

A few years ago I gave a lecture at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas, home of the prison museum. Although I did not tour the facility, I did see the former prison rodeo, and the exterior walls of the famous "Walls Prison", and they were indeed tall. On the bright side, I was  introduced to Dan Phillips, a sustainable pioneer in East Texas, and invited to his tree house and studio built from all salvaged materials. Below are a few photos of both, including a great ceiling made from remainder frame corners. Dan and his wife Marsha run Phoenix Commotion, working with communities to build these homes throughout Texas. It is a true jewel.
Phoenix Commotion HERE

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Home Archeology

Every so often we uncover some new shards of ceramic and glass in our garden. Yesterday, it appears as though we have found a match (see figure 2). It seems as though the match is from the Roxbury Semi-Porcelain factory in England, also showing a stamp of Ridgeway. It could date back to the mid 19th century. Our place was built in the early 1900's, so perhaps we are on to something. More to come as the research continues.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Sevres Porcelain

French Porcelain manufacturer Sevres, originally founded in 1740. Great timeline from the Metropolitan Museum, HERE

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Nadine Sterk and Lonny van Rijswick, who together make up Atelier NL, spent months exploring the fields and agricultural particularities of the Noordoostpolder region in Central Netherlands. The resulting exhibition is a rigorous yet truly beautiful presentation of their findings. Drawn from Clay emphasizes Atelier NLs sensitive and research-led approach to design. Through geological samples and photographs presented alongside their hand-thrown clay vessels made from the various soil deposits collected, Sterk and van Rijswick address important issues of place, identity and worth. 

press release from the show in the Brompton Design District, London, through April 3, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

Roger Guerin

Roger Guerin (1896-1954) was an artist who specialized in stoneware. He worked for Belgian stoneware company Bouffioux and became known through exhibitions in Paris between 1925 and 1937.
wood kiln, International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Prairie Modern

The Teco pottery line was introduced in 1902 in Illinois and exemplifies pottery of the "Prairie School" arts and crafts movement of which Frank Llyod Wright is the most known. By 1911 the pottery line included some 500 designs, mostly by young Chicago architects.