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Made in France.

A stoneware vessel of petite proportion appears as if pulled from the fire or unearthed from the soil. Finished with glaze that varies in color from black to brown and ochre with accents of pure gold throughout. To create this unique finish, the piece is burnished with an agate stone, bisque-fired, smoked, waxed, then re-worked with Urushi lacquer in the traditional Japanese Kintsugi technique.

A piece by French artist Karen Swami whose ceramic vessels are hand thrown and finished in colors and textures that evoke ancient cultures and forms.

Swami’s vessels are composed of a series of movements. “To touch, to throw, to smooth, to incise, to encrust, each step requires a movement,” she explains. The resulting work, too, is if as in motion, with dynamic finishes and the monumental swelling or lengthening of forms. Working between Paris and Brittany, France, Karen Swami first experienced working with clay at the age of five, but it wasn’t until 2009 that she re-discovered ceramics by way of a potter’s wheel she set up the corner of her office.

The piece is included in The Vessel, a two-person exhibition showcasing the work of artists Karen Swami and Gary Komarin, on view from October 12 to November 16, 2023 at MARCH.

One of a kind.

Intended for decorative use. To hold any water, an insert must be used within.

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Details

Made in France.

A stoneware vessel of petite proportion appears as if pulled from the fire or unearthed from the soil. Finished with glaze that varies in color from black to brown and ochre with accents of pure gold throughout. To create this unique finish, the piece is burnished with an agate stone, bisque-fired, smoked, waxed, then re-worked with Urushi lacquer in the traditional Japanese Kintsugi technique.

A piece by French artist Karen Swami whose ceramic vessels are hand thrown and finished in colors and textures that evoke ancient cultures and forms.

Swami’s vessels are composed of a series of movements. “To touch, to throw, to smooth, to incise, to encrust, each step requires a movement,” she explains. The resulting work, too, is if as in motion, with dynamic finishes and the monumental swelling or lengthening of forms. Working between Paris and Brittany, France, Karen Swami first experienced working with clay at the age of five, but it wasn’t until 2009 that she re-discovered ceramics by way of a potter’s wheel she set up the corner of her office.

The piece is included in The Vessel, a two-person exhibition showcasing the work of artists Karen Swami and Gary Komarin, on view from October 12 to November 16, 2023 at MARCH.

One of a kind.

Intended for decorative use. To hold any water, an insert must be used within.

Materials

Dimensions

Care



Karen Swami first experienced working with clay at the age of five, but it wasn’t until 2009 that she re-discovered ceramics by way of a potter’s wheel she set up in the corner of her office. Working between Paris and Burgundy, Swami creates ceramic sculptures and vessels in colors and textures that evoke ancient cultures and forms.