Spheres: Simple and Modified

Last week I mentioned feeling as if I have been devoting a great deal (excessive, perhaps?) of attention to prints and posters. Today I’m taking a brief respite from screens and letterpress to give a little appreciation to a three dimensional object: the sphere. I had some reservations about showing off what you’ll see is a great deal of ceramics–molding and throwing couldn’t be farther from spinning, sewing, and sketching–but given that I had a rather busy weekend from which crafts were entirely absent, today seemed a good opportunity to step out of the yarn, fabric, and ink box.

The simplicity of the shape in each of these pieces–a simple or slightly modified sphere–is statement-making on multiple levels. Most obvious to me is the scream of incredible craftsmanship coming from the glossy orbs by Rou Designs and ClayWoodStone’s perfectly hemispherical set of bowls; I’ve worked with clay, and I know very well that clay does not like being manipulated into perfectly smooth and symmetrical objects. Bold hues found in these pieces, from natural blackish browns to pops of yellow pigment, place these spheres further into the modern and edgy category. Meanwhile, country touches like painted labels for “honey” and “jam” (in colors reminiscent of delftware) and the rustic elements found in certain glazing and firing techniques provide the perfect contrast to these otherwise decidedly modern objects.

Clockwise from top
1. Jam and Honey Pair of Mini Jugs by Rou Designs
2. Creamer and Sugar Bowl Set by Rou Designs
3. Pair of Sphere Vases in Yellow and White by Rou Designs

Globe Art Print by Aldari Art Studio

1. Globe Series No. 2 Painted Glass Floats by Amy Komar
2. Variety of Spinners by Romi Ceramics
3. Porcelain Cluster Hanging Light by Farrah Sit Fashioned By
4. Zephyrine Mobile from Anthropologie

From top
1. Salt and Pepper Shakers by Romi Ceramics
2. White Teapot for Two by ClamLab

Pair of Pitfired Bowls by ClayWoodStone

From Left
1.  Set of 3 Slate and Ruby Droplet Vases by Sara Paloma
2. Vintage Ball Locket Necklace by Julie Nolan


One Response to “Spheres: Simple and Modified”
  1. Katrina says:

    Thanks for the amazing comment! The vintage ball locket and clam lab white teapot for 2 are just brilliant. So simple!
    x katrina

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