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Trend Alert: Ceramic Chains as Artful Decor


Trend Alert: Ceramic Chains as Artful Decor

May 4, 2016

One link clearly leads to another: Of late we’ve been noticing (and admiring) a number of artist-made ceramic chains, sculptures for contemplating life’s entanglements and intricacies. “Visually stone-like,” says Ruth Borgenicht of her own work, “the pieces appear strong and impenetrable, belying their inherent fragility.”

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Above: Brooklyn ceramic artist Michele Quan is best known for her temple bells, but she also makes hand-built chains. Her two-toned Stoneware Chain Link is available from The Commons (but currently sold out).

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Above: Quan’s 7-Link Ceramic Chain is at The Future Perfect.

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Above: Lotus by Ruth Borgenicht, a teacher at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey (and former math major), is but one of the artist’s many pieces that feature chain-mail-inspired constructions.

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Above: Brooklyn ceramic artist Virginia Sin—who participated in the recent Remodelista Market in NYC—makes stoneware chains that, she points out, “can be manipulated to form different sculptural shapes.”

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Above: New York artist Shelley Marcus Sonnenberg creates ceramic chain sculptures in a range of patinas, some iron-like, others beguilingly pale and soft looking.

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Above: Apparatus Studio collaborated with ceramic artist Alice Goldsmith on a collection of Link Porcelain Pendant lights that hang from handmade chains.

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Above: An outsize molded-and-cast porcelain chain by San Jose–based artist Sophie Rubin.

Peruse all our favorite Ceramics, including Handmade Dinnerware from Small Studios and 10 Terracotta Pendant Lights.

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