The kitchen gods must be smiling. They know that a hip serving dish or gorgeous goblet can make or break any dinner party. The food and wine served with such pieces can pale when these beauties are placed on a table, whether for a dinner party or romantic night in. Here is new work in tabletop from eight design studios guaranteed to add more than a pinch of gravitas to your cuisine.
“My ideas often come when I’m working on a piece I may have made many times—all of a sudden a new iteration comes to mind!” says Tygart River Pottery artist Kate Harward. “I rarely sit down and design; the ideas seem to flow while I’m working or perusing articles or books.” Harward feeds her creativity with diverse influences ranging from extensive international travel to studying Japan’s highly decorated pots of the Jomon period, large Chinese jars and Korean celadons.
“My influences have always been personal,” says ceramic artist Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi. “Since I was young, women’s traditional handcrafted work has intrigued me. My grandmother’s house was filled with doilies, needlework and hand tatted lace, and each piece came with a memory attached. In her era, women made ‘crazy’ quilts from small scraps of fabric…
Dubbed the “Mud Poet,” ceramic artist Michael Terra creates whimsical pieces of handmade stoneware for everyday use. Series of works inventively titled “Reading Glasses,” “Postcards from the Inside,” “Squints” and more, announce themselves with wit and charm.
Ask Evelyn Ward why she is a potter and her answer is simple: “I love clay and I’m just not happy unless I have a creative outlet.” With each piece uniquely made by hand, her soda-fired pieces combine functionality and art in a way that makes it a welcome addition to any kitchen cabinet.
It’s an understatement to say that studio potter and University of Louisville professor Jeff Campana’s process is complicated. At first glance, his pots look like brightly colored puzzles, almost too intricate for human hands to form.