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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

11.07.2013

So Happy Together

[Ceramics images courtesy Malachite Home]

In a city associated with pottery (think the Ogden Museum's Center for Southern Craft and Design as well as Newcomb), it's fitting that New Orleans-based Malachite Home has such gorgeous ceramics. And not surprising either, since the shop's founders are two Southerners with flair to spare, Melissa Rufty and Adrienne Casbarian.

They've tracked down some ethereal Raku ware (mainly Western examples, I think.) One piece, an estate sale find, is awash with soft pinks and slate grays. Since the vase has a matte finish, the Malachite team envisions it juxtaposed with a hint of gleam -- maybe brass. That was my cue for this week's pairing: vintage with antique, ceramic with metallic, color with neutral.

[Image via the V & A]

Picture these late-19th-century gilt brass wire bracelets from Khandesh, India (spotted in the V & A's collection) casually sitting atop a chest next to the vase.

BTW, tonight at 6 p.m., Beverly Brandt, from The Design School at Arizona State University, will visit Newcomb Art Gallery to discuss iconic Newcomb Pottery in context. In other ceramics news, Art of the Cup 2013: Functional Comfort continues at the Ogden through December 16. This happening offers a chance to see and buy attainably-priced, contemporary American-made wares with a Southern connection.

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