Ben Fiess’ cool glazes
Everything about this page on Ben Fiess‘ website intrigues me. The glaze colors are awesome and the 2 letter color codes (?) are just fun as shit.
I’d like to talk to him about his clay body & glaze database which sounds amazing. As a mostly self taught ceramacist I’m pretty intimidated by ceramic science. Unexpected results are pretty important in ceramics – replicating unexpected results is where the science comes in.
Home Studio, Dorchester Road, Brooklyn, 2015
Hello happy fall! Cool weather makes me want to make things. Without a studio to make a big mess in I’m a bit at a loss. I have tiny paper, wire and wood models and color chips strewn about in the hopes of developing them into large wood, steel and concrete sculptures. But for the moment, the designs are mostly in my head. I’m happy to be working at West Elm and letting these ideas percolate. Without a doubt the year and half away from running a business full time has made me happier, healthier and more creative.
As far as Perch goes, the only pieces available are the Early Bird Lights in white or grey, hardwired or plugged. There are on sale till the end of 2015 for $120, then back to their regular price of $170.
Cheers! Happy Holidays! Amy
Oh my it’s been a bit since an update. What is actually happening is that Perch has been put on hiatus. The studio, sadly, has been put up on blocks. This is the first time in 15+ years that I have not had a studio to work in. But the reason is because I landed a GREAT job – Tabletop Designer at West Elm It’s been about 5 months and I’m finally getting their jive (and pace!) and am settling into a very fulfilling work sphere.
So this is why you can’t buy Perch ceramics now. My goal is to start a few new projects unrelated to West Elm that I can show here. Getting back to the arts & crafts & nitty gritty that was the beginning of Perch!
This was super helpful to define the new Perch Canteen line. I see a lot of 60s influence and a lot of turquoise! Gotta love a mood board.
jar candles: sample
jar candles: sample
jar candle: sample
I’m so pleased to show something of the candle line I’ve been developing! From a business perspective it’s important for me to have some products in my line that are not ceramics. It’s a personal choice; one that will keep me more interested in the work for longer (doing production ceramics can be really repetitive, boring and hard on the bod) and hopefully be a profitable addition to my overall line.
So here they are! The jars are sort of kitchen industrial and I think reflect a Brooklyn made item. The labels started as little watercolor painting I’ve been doing. The colors and texture are really rich. And the scented soy wax is from the best in the biz. These are unfilled jars. The finished candles should be done in a week or two and then I’ll get lots of cool shots of them.
Oh, and they will retail for under $30.
In the studio we call these “Zooey balls” because the round ball shape was originally cast for the Zooey Mini Chandelier. But in fact, this 5″ round ball is used for a lot of Perch products. The Spot and Wall Balls, the Letter Candle Balls and the Campy Planter to name a few.
Baubles Mini Chandelier
Here is a new chandy with three connected Zooey balls. Each ceramic ball is hand painted with big white circles. We’ll have lots of colors available soon. Pictured is moonstone grey.
During Design Week in New York there are usually some off-site art/furniture/cool product shows. I honestly haven’t had anything in one of these shows for years. I think i did in about 2002 when my ceramic work was new. The reality is my work has become more utilitarian and practical – that is fine with me – but what ends up in show is different than what ends up in stores.
But Fab just had a show called First Things First and chose my Ladder design for what might be “one of the first things you need in your new apartment” or something like that.
I’m pretty happy with it. My friend Waco made it out of solid ash with some really nice joinery. As I’ve mentioned, I’m not super at wood working but I LOVE wood. Since it’s a prototype I’ll be happy to bring it home to my apartment!
finished ladder with stuff
My new Estella Mobiles are pretty far away from the line of Perch ceramics that I’ve been designing and making for the past 12 years. With my 9 months away from ceramics last year (I took a 9-5 at David Weeks’ Studio) I happily doodled in new materials. I really wanted to work with paper and also to develop a new product that would “fit” into my line. My Early Bird Light is often purchased for kid’s rooms and perhaps the work at David’s got me thinking about Mobiles.
estella grey squares
The extra fun part was to figure out how they could be a reasonably priced product and be easy for my stores to stock, carry and sell.
All of the brass parts are the same and you can choose from 6 different paper “leaves”. Contact me directly if you are interested in carrying these in your store!
estella pink leaves
Did you know that besides running Perch I also help with custom product design? I’m currently working with architects to design a line of tableware for a Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles. From ideation to 3D models and glaze samples, I help get my clients a package that is ready for production. Whether you have manufacturing in place or need help finding a suitable maker, my hope is to take the mystery out of the process and get your custom project made.
Clients include: Anthropologie, Alma’s Room, Dalla Vita & Marshall Projects.
sketches for Anthropologie
Final Garden Markers for Anthropologie
Final Garden Markers for Anthropologie
Need something fresh for spring? Check out new perch vases – http://www.perchceramics.com/category/tabletop