Nov. 03

 

TOMORROW’S HEIRLOOMS: Ceramics by Adam Silverman

by Lynn Byrne

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Adam Silverman is having a great year.  Architectural Digest has already hailed his book, Adam Silverman Ceramics,  released in late September, as the “loveliest design book of the fall season…”  In conjunction with the book’s launch, his work will be shown in museums and galleries around the world.  His first museum exhibition opened at the Laguna Art Museum on October 27.

I was extremely fortunate to visit Adam Silverman’s studio at Heath Ceramics while on BlogTour LA, where I took these pictures.  There is nothing better than a peephole into an artist’s creative process and I found it fascinating to see his mood board, works in process, and his seemingly analytical approach to categorizing different shapes.

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The artist Joan Miro is an inspiration.  Do you see the influence?

Joan Miro

Joan Miro

Adam’s background is not what you might expect from a potter. He says he keeps bankers’ hours at the wheel.  Adam was first trained as an architect at the Rhode Island School of Design and then worked in fashion establishing the influential label X-large in the late 1990′s.  Although always interested in ceramics, it was not until 2002 that he began to practice his art full time, setting up a studio at Atwater Village.  Adam has been studio director at Heath Ceramics since 2008.

Adam’s  work couldn’t be more different than the single-fire process devised by Heath Ceramics’ founder Edith Heath which resulted in pieces with a very streamlined, smooth look.  Adam explains, ” All of my stuff is a pure expression of process–pieces that are fired many times and ground down in between or glazes that move and freeze when they’re cooled or layers of things that get thicker and thicker and change colors…”  He says at first that some of the people at Heath’s Sausalito outpost offered to help him “fix” his finishes, but “now they’ve come around.”

Adam’s work has been described as an exploration of the relation of  art to  nature, with natural gourd  and shell shapes, with textures reminiscent of coral and barnacles.  Adam’s finishes have been describes as lava-like, lacy, gritty, sensual and undeniably beautiful.

I am stopping by Rizzoli tomorrow to check out the book.  I will tweet my views on  it so be sure to follow me.   You can order it on Amazon, by clicking the book cover below.

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Credits; Architectural Digest quote. Adam Silverman quotes from Sight Unseen.  All photos of Adam Silverman’s work and studio shots by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.  Lynn is an Amazon Affiliate. To learn more visit the “My Books” page. 

 

Nov. 01

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Dovetail Joints

by Lynn Byrne

Giant dovetail joints at end of wood kitchen island

Giant dovetail joints at end of wood kitchen island

If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.”

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” –Socrates –

This is part 2 of a discussion of furniture joinery.   The first part illustrated a mortise and tenon joint. Joinery, or how furniture is put together, may not be a sexy subject, but it is an important one.  Recognizing the type of joinery on a piece of furniture can help you spot quality furniture and even identify an antique .  This time we will look at dovetail joints.

DOVETAIL JOINTS: A method of joining boards at the ends, typically  where two planes intersect such as at the end of a drawer or on the body of a case piece, with interlocking, flaring wedge-shaped projections.  Also seen on table tops and in floors as a butterfly shaped inset to join boards length wise.

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Beautiful dovetail joints on the bench

Beautiful dovetail joints on the bench

 

Dovetail joints on drawers

Dovetail joints on drawers

Dovetail joints at edge of kitchen units

Dovetail joints at edge of kitchen units

Brass butterfly-style dovetail joints on a coffee table by BDDW

Brass butterfly-style dovetail joints on a coffee table by BDDW

Table by George Nakashima, who often used the butterfly style of dovetail joinery

Table by George Nakashima, who often used the butterfly style of dovetail joinery

Dovetail joints  on stairs.

Dovetail joints on stairs.

Dovetail joint on the drawer of the Victorian period desk in my office

Dovetail joint on the drawer of the Victorian period desk in my office

Photo credits:  Kitchen island  Image with black mug.  Line drawing.  dovetail joints on drawers.  BDDW table with brass dovetail joints photographed by Lynn Byrne, Kitchen units with dovetail joints photographed by  Lynn Byrne.  George Nakashima table.  stairs  Office Desk my Instagram

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