KS 29

KS 29

Designer/Manufacturer

Karen Swami

Edition

Unique Work | Signed by the Artist

Description

Swami's work is deeply informed by the natural characteristics of the Earth. From its surface down to its deeper stratus, she mimics the parched, cracked, and fractured textures found in nature. The particularity of her work results from the convergence of time-honored techniques from different parts of the world that have inspired the artist; the cobalt blue or celadon-green glazes reveal deep layers of nuanced colors and the simple shapes of her works are reminiscent of Asian and Hellenistic ceramics dating back to the ancient dynasties. To create her unique finish, Swami burnishes each piece with an agate stone, they are then bisque-fired, smoked, waxed, then re-worked often with Urushi lacquer and pure gold in the traditional Japanese Kintsugi technique.

Materials

Wheel thrown stoneware, enhanced with Japanese vegetal lacquer and gold

Dimensions

Ø 9.4 x H 18.1 in
Ø 23.8 x H 45.9 cm

Price

Sold.

KS 29karen swami metallic silver gray black large stoneware vase
Karen Swami

Karen Swami

French ceramicist Karen Swami's work has garnered the steady appreciation of international critics and collectors for its elegant simplicity and textured skins.  Her nom d’artiste “Swami” is a phonetic adaptation of her maiden name, Souhami, and refers to a spiritual or religious teacher in Sanskrit. As for the inspirations behind her body of work, they range from ancient Egyptian Nagada vases to Japanese ceramic traditions to the work of her contemporary peers including Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye and Magdalene Odundo among others. 

Working between Paris and Burgundy, Swami has been drawn to the tactile and visual experience of clay since her early childhood. It was not until 2009 that she chose to dedicate her life to mastering ceramic techniques. In 2010 Swami received her certificate of professional competence in pottery. As she pursues her study of the material through ongoing experimentations at her studio, the artist has since developed an extensive body of work involving various time-honored techniques picked up from ceramic traditions from around the world. Swami embraces the beautiful and poetic imperfections resulting from controlled incidents and weaknesses inherent to the materials. Her work is deeply informed by the natural characteristics of the Earth; from the surface down to its deeper stratus. Swami mimics the parched, cracked and fractured textures found in nature, enabling and emphasizing injured, layered surfaces.

The particularity of her work results from the convergence of time-honored techniques from different parts of the world; the cobalt blue or celadon-green glazes reveal deep layers of nuanced colors and the simple shapes of her works are reminiscent of Asian and Hellenistic ceramics dating back to the ancient dynasties. To create her unique finish, Swami burnishes each piece with an agate stone, they are then bisque-fired, smoked, waxed, then re-worked often with Urushi lacquer and pure gold in the traditional Japanese Kintsugi technique.

Karen Swami COLLECTION

TOUAREG 10 TOUAREG 10   TOU 02 TOU 02   TERRE ENFUMÉE TERRE ENFUMÉE   SOBEK 01 SOBEK 01  SF 17 SF 17   RIS 49 RIS 49  RIS 19 RIS 19   RETOUR D' ISLANDE RETOUR D' ISLANDE   PALMYRE 10 PALMYRE 10   OO CAÏMAN OO CAÏMAN  OO BIANCA OO BIANCA   OO BIANCA OO BIANCA  LOCQUI 04 LOCQUI 04  LOCQUI 02 LOCQUI 02   KS 92 KS 92  KS 39 KS 39  KS 29 KS 29  KS 234 KS 234  KS 184 KS 184  KS 164 KS 164  KS 152 KS 152  KS 122 KS 122  KS 119 KS 119  KLIMT 7 KLIMT 7  KLIMT 43 KLIMT 43   KLIMT 26 KLIMT 26  KLIMT 24 KLIMT 24   KLIMT 12 KLIMT 12  IVOIRE 06 IVOIRE 06   IVOIRE 01 IVOIRE 01   GLYCINE 03 GLYCINE 03   GALUCHAT DORÉ 49 GALUCHAT DORÉ 49   GALUCHAT BLANC 45 GALUCHAT BLANC 45   GALTURQ 59 GALTURQ 59   GALTURQ 55 GALTURQ 55  GALTURQ 49 GALTURQ 49  GALKIWI 84 GALKIWI 84   GALKIWI 72 GALKIWI 72  GALKIWI 48 GALKIWI 48   GALKIWI 44 GALKIWI 44  GALDOR 47 GALDOR 47  GALDOR 46 GALDOR 46  GALDOR 17 GALDOR 17  GALCA 05 GALCA 05  GALCA 04 GALCA 04  GALCA 03 GALCA 03   GALB 03 GALB 03   FLEUR FLEUR   COUPE COUPE   CELADON CELADON   CELAD 16 CELAD 16   CELA MIDORI CELA MIDORI  CB 67 CB 67  CB 51 CB 51  CB 24 CB 24  BOL BOL   AO AO  ANDY 02 ANDY 02   CELAD 4 CELAD 4  CELAD 3 CELAD 3  GALB 64 GALB 64  GALDOR 51 GALDOR 51  PALMYRE 04 PALMYRE 04  OO BIANCA 11 OO BIANCA 11  GALB 61 GALB 61  TOU 12 TOU 12  TOU 09 TOU 09  TOU 14 TOU 14  RIS 23 RIS 23  RIS 36 RIS 36  AO 03 AO 03  AO 04 AO 04  AO 07 AO 07  OO BIANCA 10 OO BIANCA 10 

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