Chris Weaver, Leaf cut series white teapot.
Chris lives in Hokitika, South Island’s rugged west coast of New Zealand. Weaver specializes in domestic ware and uses white high-firing clay body sections that are wheel-thrown, cut, altered and assembled to create an interesting form. I love his attention to form and detail.
“I like my pots to have a simplicity of form and something of a sculptural presence. Attention to detail and truth to the material and process are also what I try to achieve in my work.”
Familia, Ole Jensen, 2007. Moco Loco.
Ole Jensen explains ”Today we can more or less buy and design our ideal lifestyle according to our dreams. Conceptions like individuality, single culture and striving to be different are all conspicuous values in the Western world. Also in the world of design. I have designed Familia, for get to-gethers and parties – the long table and the great feast. Familia should challenge the conception of the very ideal of the perfect lifestyle. To me Familia expresses a kind of energy, warmth and recognition – values which I believe are also worth striving for.”.
The round shapes, turned on the potter’s wheel started in Mesopotamia in the Middle East around 4000 years B.C. The potters turned their first dishes and plates in potter’s clay. The potter’s wheel later spread to the southern part of Europe where the Romans brought the technique and design with them wherever they went. This way the design spread to the rest of Europe and the first pottery arrived in Denmark around year 100 AD. Through history the original plates and dishes went through a lot of change in their shape and colours, however, the round shape has survived for more than 6000 years.
Souvenirs Revisited, Cynthia Hathaway. Interview from MocoLoco.
“The ceramics are based on forms of souvenirs that at one time were very popular as gifts and as representations of Canada. I have manipulated them to reflect a more up – to – date version without the distancing factor of kitsch or sentimentality. We are living in a highly sensitive time in the sense that we cannot hide anymore behind the glitter. Our Canadian landscape is changing drastically, as it is globally, so the cultural challenge is to communicate responsibly our identity that makes one think through beauty of form and dialogue. It’s not the time to be romantic. It’s the time to have our symbols reflect reality. So yes, points of view can and must be changed, and evolve to meet the current situation that is hitting us between the eyes.”
swID’s Mareado’s Whiskey glass.
The spherical base makes the glass rotate like a spinning top, creating a new interest in the age old whiskey glass.