This stone glaze was made to resemble a particular smooth dark stone found on a remote Tasmanian beach. Infusing objects that are part of our everyday lives with something of the ineffable quality of a pristine natural environment can bring beauty and meaning into our lives while retaining functional excellence.
About the Artist
Vanessa Luca lives and works in Macedon, Victoria. She trained first in ceramics education and later in clothing design and has been a maker of bespoke objects for 20 years. She believes that when working with clay utility is important but must not be at the expense of beauty. Her delicate slip-cast porcelain tableware meticulously balances the visual and the utilitarian.
Vanessa says "While the natural world provides perennial inspiration for my ceramic forms, the consideration of utility is omnipresent in the design of each piece of tableware. While not directly transposing the forms and surfaces that I admire, I engage with a process of distillation and amplification of a variety of elements that eventually underpin each design. Alongside the primarily visual aspects of vessel making, the utility of each piece is carefully considered."