I discovered Jonathan Adler’s work very recently when I visited his shop on Sloane Avenue. But he is a very well known potter, designer and author.
In his shop I found lots of interesting pieces, not only pottery but cool rugs and furniture. I would define it as fun and colourful.
He launched the first ceramic collection in 1993 at Barneys New York and a few years later he expanded into home furnishings, with a first shop in Manhattan.
Every pottery item is designed and a prototype sculpted in his Soho studio. The pieces are produced in Peru by skilled artisans. The Peruvian workshop was found through Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization that connects designers in America with artisans in developing countries to promote fair trade.
There are a few interesting human shaped items. Each piece is made from unglazed matte porcelain to accentuate the forms.
The following two are some of my favourites.
Also animals are a very recurrent motive for his pieces, very simple and lineal.
Earthy pots and vases inspired by seeds, barnacles, pebbles and other natural wonders glazed in rich hues often feature in his work. Jonathan throws each prototype and then creates the relief by masking off the patterns and sponging away the exposed clay.
Check out one of the most expensive vases, made out of porcelain glazed in rich, saturated colors with pure gold accents.
But in his shop you can find some affordable salt and pepper shakers and some other cheaper objects.
Wikipedia: “Adler’s inspirations have come from Mid-century modern, art and global pop culture combine to create the signature Adler aesthetic. The company prides itself on its ability to combine a serious design philosophy with a colorful sense of optimism. The guiding motto, “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it,” reflects his commitment to craftsmanship and irreverent luxury”.
For your interest:
Jonathan Adler (buy online)