Wednesday, November 23, 2011

gleena for Mignon Faget

For the last few months I have been producing my gourd bowls sets customized for Mignon Faget, a well-known designer in New Orleans. Mignon Faget provided the hive image, selected the color combinations, and gleena studios did the rest.
The x-large bowls are glazed.
After the glaze firing.
The hive transfer is applied and loaded into the kiln for a final firing.
After the transfers firing.
The final set of four: x-large in pumpkin, large in ivory, medium in slate blue, small in ivory.
The set is available through

Sunday, November 6, 2011

alabama chanin for heath ceramics: a modern heirloom

Photograph by Spencer Higgins for T Magazine
Photograph courtesy of Heath Ceramics
Photographs courtesy of Alabama Chanin

The new line of Alabama Chanin’s patterns on Heath Ceramics is created by using a very old sgrafitto technique. Two layers of glaze are applied to the surface of the piece, the pattern is created by gently scraping off the top layer to reveal the layer underneath. Each pieces is scraped off by hand, resulting in an irregular pattern, the hand of the maker very much present. I love the combination of perfect machine-pressed form and the imperfect hand-applied surface that results.

Friday, November 4, 2011


a rare flock of starlings. nature endlessly inspires.