news from the studio
handmade functional pottery for daily festivities
I love cookbooks, always have. There's nothing better for my pieces to be put to work and used for lovely meals and dining. Cookbooks are an opportunity to show beautiful and appetizing food on them.
This is a new cookbook by Avigail Meislik. Simply Good - cooking for Shabat. Styling and photos by Shoshi Sirkis . Danny books Publishing.
This year it's the 20th anniversary of Pardes Hana Karkur's open house event. Every spring, for 3 days, more than 100 artists display and sell their work. Houses, studios and blooming gardens are popping with art, food and music. 23rd-25th of March. Y'all are invited ! Feel free to contact me for information.
My friend Maya and I have worked on quite a few projects together. She's a super intelligent-talented-creative and fun person to work with. She's a stylist with lots of art and design experience, so many times when we're having coffee and brainstorming, we can speak in code and know what the other one means...
Maya has worked mostly as a food stylist but over the years, has moved more to industrial and private interiors. She has been complimented as being a stylist with a curator's eye. I definitely agree with that .
Here are a bunch of photos of work we've done together.
Regba kitchens Ra'anana. Interior design Nitsan Horowitz, Photo Oded Smadar styling Maya Livnat. Black pieces on counter - vases and box - yours sincerely.
They wrote about it in their blog here.
Below, from Zedka showroom. Interior design Ronit Goldfried, photos Nadav Pakt, styling Maya Livnat. Figure vignettes and irons - yours sincerely...
Interview with Paul Blais on the potter's cast ! So much fun....
Put some great food on a handmade plate, some fruit in a lovely handmade bowl, drink coffee from a handmade mug. You'll feel the difference, you'll see it.
That's when functional pottery truly comes to life.
Years ago, just out of school, I gave a mug to a friend's husband who didn't really understand what the whole big deal about ceramics was, who needed all this handmade stuff - you know what I'm talking about...anyway, a few months later he told me that he drinks only out of the mug I gave him.
I truly believe that there is that magical feel using handmade ceramics.
I remember a throwing class at Alfred University, one of the first ones with Val Cushing. He asked us "how much should a mug weigh ?"
Numbers were thrown around, till my friend Matt Towers said - "however much it looks like it weighs". Bingo !
That's the exact match point in the eye-hand relationship.
When we approach a mug, or any other functional pot, our eye (brain) sends our hand a message about what to expect as to the weight and feel to anticipate when lifting it (if full or empty). That's what makes a "good" pot, good in the sense of creating that match between the look and the feel.
A mug , of course, has more aspects to it - a handle we can trust and a rim that is nice to put our lips to. In addition are the personal-subjective prefferences we all have and those are what make the mug such an intimate, functional pot.
I'm a potter who's in love with clay. If I'm away from my studio, I miss it. I truly think clay is the best material ...