Thursday, November 17, 2011

Design Always Repeats Itself: Insect Pottery Edition

German artists Beate Reinheimer and Ulrike Rehm created this collection of limited edition bug shaped and inspired glazed porcelain.

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Pretty cool.

 These bug vases though reminded me of French potter Bernard Palissy (1510-1590) who produced lead-glazed earthenwares.

Palissy applied frogs, lizards, and crustacea many cast from nature surrounded by water, shells, and rockwork. Only a few pieces can firmly be attributed to Palissy as he had students and was copied often. 

Seems to me Palissy started something that has a long way from playing itself out fully. 
Bravo Palissy! 

Reinheimer and Rehm's work can be purchased here


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