All posts tagged: porcelain

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Interview: BregjesDesign |Upcycled Porcelain Jeweller

What better way to re-use grandma’s old china or upcycle broken crockery than by turning it into wearable ‘modern’ jewellery? My first interview of the year combines two of my loves: ceramics and jewellery. Searching for a career change and fearing she was becoming a china hoarder, Dutch maker Bregjes Weterings turned her back on teaching to create a new business … Jewellery maker Bregje Weterings Can you please introduce yourself – tell us about your background and how you’ve got to where you are today? I’m Bregje Weterings, 31 years old, a collector and unstoppable creative living in The Netherlands. I am an Amsterdam lover who likes to travel, an up-cyclist, positive thinker, to-do list lover, history freak. For 12 years I taught youngsters to read and write and now I am the founder of BregjesDesign. Just like my mum, sister, uncle and little sister I became a teacher and it felt really good. I taught for 12 years and had a great time both in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Despite this, I decided to change course. …

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4 Things to Love

Images from top left to right: Berlin-based photographer, Laura, and food stylist, Nora, have a food blog that looks too good to eat. I was drawn to their beautifully styled food shots and the idea of making some of their recipes but am too scared in case what I create looks far less appealing! Nonetheless, their ‘Glutenfree Kusmi Tea-Infused No-Bake Raspberry Cake’ looks divine and I love baking that requires no baking. Kusmi Tea is a tea brand and the tea used in this recipe is ‘Aquarosa’ which contains hibiscus, apple, red berries, mulberry leaves, elderberry so I reckon any fruity-flavoured tea could work. I have yet to try this but might drop a few subtle hints to the family given it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday! See more of their delectable work at Our Food Stories. Chinese artist Li Xiaofeng raids – if I can use that word – archaeological digs to find ancient porcelain pieces with which he creates ‘fashion’. His recent creations were made in collaboration with Lacoste and Alexander McQueen. Not only that …

Julie Alberti and her upcycled, hand-painted porcelain

Interview: Julie Alberti | Artist

Multi-media artist Julie Alberti is the ultimate upcycler: she has a 1970s mechanical Paragon kiln in which she fires her ceramics and painted china; and she is learning to sew on a 1960s Elna – both of which she fixed up as they were not working when she bought them. Plus all her china paint pigments and the porcelain surfaces she paints on are vintage. I couldn’t help but do a double-take and have a chuckle when I saw her painted porcelain and ceramics as her favourite subject matter is famous faces of filmmakers and actors, such as Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Walken and Steve Buscemi. If you check out her Etsy store, you’ll find all sorts of hand-painted upcycled plates, teapots, mugs … So what’s the appeal of the famous face and some charity shop china? I asked Julie … Please introduce yourself. What’s your background and how have you ended up where you are today? Hi, I’m Julie! I’ve always been drawing, painting, and sculpting. I went to college for a year and a half, majoring in oil painting for …

Arty Stuff

I really, really hate ants. I once had a major ant infestation in my pantry. It was literally a seething black mound of millions of ants. Makes me feel ill just thinking about it! So when I saw this porcelain tea set … well, you know what I thought: Get out the Raid! Now! In case you were wondering, the ants have all been painstakingly painted on by German artist Evelyn Bracklow of La Philie, and the porcelain made in her studio. It’s very well done. Too well done, if you ask me! You can buy her stuff on Etsy. If the ants didn’t creep you out, this might … Robert and Shana Parke Harrison make eery looking, weirdly compelling sculptures. [First seen on I Need a Guide] Yet more realistic creatures! The creator of this installation is being hailed as one of the most innovative figures in contemporary art. Cai Guo-Qiang is currently holding his first solo exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane until May 11. Called  ‘Falling Back to Earth’, the exhibition is described as …