Many of Michele Quan’s pieces are rooted in the visual symbols of Eastern iconography: Bells ring in honor of the present, skulls are a reminder that all is transient. Forms are handmade, wheel-thrown, or slip-cast, with images painted or drawn by hand. “My hope is that they serve both as objects of contemplation and as a source of encouragement and refuge.” Michele is co-founder of the jewelry company Me&Ro.
Feeling the Chemistry
Ben Fiess’s passion for the science of ceramics prompted him to develop an online glaze and clay body database while he was a graduate student, and he continues to explore the possibilities of clay. “Sometimes I work with traditional forms, but I prefer to create things that don’t necessarily resemble any concrete utilitarian form,” he says. “The objects are intended to be somewhat ambiguous.”
Wild at Heart
LA-based British expat Tracy Wilkinson has a process-driven sensibility that combines modern shapes with rustic treatments and materials. Shunning symmetry and regularity, she’ll often add basket-weaving or an unfinished edge to her ceramics. “I am constantly inspired by the accidents that come from trying a technique without being fully sure of the end result. Suddenly you are on a road you least expected to be on.”
Kelly Lamb has worked in sculpture, photography, video, and furniture, product, and interior design, and it shows in the aesthetic of her ceramics. Heavily inspired by sacred geometry, the Arts & Crafts movement, and architects like Buckminster Fuller and Oscar Niemeyer, she uses clean, angular lines that contradict organic shape, creating a dynamic dialogue between natural form and structural design.