Friday, October 15, 2010

Laura Zindel






Another aspect I love about fall, is that it's the season of dark and quirky beauty. I recently discovered the wonderful art of Laura Zindel, a Vermont ceramist, whose fabulous naturalist drawings are silkscreened and printed as enamel transwares onto her homewares. She does all manner of flora and fauna, but her favorites are beetles, snakes and spiders. Her spider dinnerware might not be everyone's cup of tea, but maybe a lovely fiddlehead  fern platter?  I think her work is amazing.





58 comments:

  1. Now if it had turtles or frogs
    or sunflowers or morning glories
    or coneflowers...I'm in
    her work is fabulous

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  2. Oh, my goodness! You are right, she does exquisite work. Thank you for the introduction!

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  3. I love the b&w, the shapes, the patina of the glaze, everything. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. I am always drawn to ceramics. You know if you hadn't shown me these and I just saw them somewhere, they would probably remind me of you. Looks like they were made for your manor.

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  5. It's fascinating, draws the eye to trace the shapes ... and I have a son who would love it.

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  6. I tend to look at art in nature but I will have to agree her nature in art is beautiful! Especially like the spider tea cup! -- barbara

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  7. Oh, I agree...quite lovely.

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  8. Imagine, trying to drink a cup of tea and finding a spider! ;-) Her art is exquisite, though!

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  9. Yeah, a big fuzzy wolf spider! Yeeps!

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  10. The fiddleheads are exquisite, and after reading the wisdom of the grandmother spider...I bow in awe.

    "She took a web she had spun, and laced it with dew. She then threw it into the sky, and the dew became the stars."

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  11. Jacqueline, that's so charming. I love the notion of the dew being laced in the web, as stars!

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  12. These are awesome....i would love to have the whole set...but my bank account may not...:-)

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  13. gosh, I knew these looked familiar. The artist lives not too far from me and I was in a local store that sells her ceramics for the first time last week!!!

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  14. Suki, I thought of you and wondered if you were familiar with her! Synchronicity!

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  15. I like them, all except for the spider IT FREAKS ME OUT! Thanks for sharing...

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  16. the fiddlehead fern platter wins the golden fish squeal of delight! wickedgood work. have a lovely evening at the manor willow. steven

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  17. These are gorgeous! Now I'll have to Google her to see where I can find those vases and the platter! Beautiful.

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  18. Karen, you can click on her name, highlighted in the body of this post for her website.

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  19. I love this work. Now I'm off to the website.

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  20. Oh, it is beautiful. Very calming, zen and lovable!

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  21. The pots themselves are not really to my taste, but the art work is superb. I love the Starling and the feather. Obviously a woman with talent.

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  22. Wow! Her work is exquisite. Love it!

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  24. These are beautiful--thanks for writing about Laura Zindel!

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  25. Wouldn't mind to have a cupboard filled with these,lovely!

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  26. Yeah, I'll pass on the tea thanks, Willow! But the bird bottles are very good.

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  27. Beautiful. Fascinating. I see a place setting for my 10-year-old grandson.

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  28. just think about how i would feel drinking out of that spider cup - i would be very, very careful....

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  29. I love the tall, thin bottle with the nest on it. And I really like the mug with the spider. it looks like the interior of the mug is black...very striking.

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  30. Divine! I love the black and white and amazing detail.

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  31. I think these are beautiful -- perfect for my Gothic, Octoberish mood. (I've been rereading Jane Eyre and Rebecca.)

    If money and space were no object, I would buy a set of spider teacups for my Halloween china.

    p.s. I'm glad you've returned to the dark background. It suits you.

    p.p.s Came here to find your molasses cookie recipe. AM CRAVING.

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  32. Oh I love this work Willow! The fern platter is divine, and the spider cup would give me shivers - just right for Halloween. Thanks for sharing this. I put on woolly socks this morning and thought of you...

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  33. Not sure I could bring that cup to my lips, but I'm loving those bottles!

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  34. I love Laura's work...(except for the Wolf Spider....too creepy for me....though I am proud to say that since I parted from my Ex....I HAVE learned how to remove Spiders WITHOUT killing them...)
    Laura's other pieces are indeed wonderful. (And doesn't it figure Suki would know of her!)

    And....molasses cookies.....I am going to find your receipe NOW....my Opera group would love these....

    Senor Domingo is in town (after a 16 year absence).... have been at rehearsals for "Cyrano" the past two nights....you would LOVE this production - and I will post on it soon.

    Love,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  35. laura's work is gorgeous. i know what to ask for as a holiday present - a bird bottle!

    hope that laura has an open studio as it would be fun to visit next time i'm visiting vermont - and who knows maybe she has seconds there (yeah, i'm cheap, cheap)

    thanks for the link and head's up!

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  36. Very unique and beautiful conversational pieces. The detail is sharp and distinct..
    :) The Bach

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  37. ...I'm thinking I've gotta have something of hers! I was having trouble getting to her site- will check it our later. Thanks for posting this.

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  38. Oooooh--Willow, these are gorgeous! I love her work! I'm not familiar with her--how pretty! They're so dramatic and just lovely!

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  39. the spider mug is the coolest!

    xx

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  40. Ohh! Beetles, snakes and spiders are three of my favorite things!

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  41. Wow her work is gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing. You are the best!

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  42. magnificent! I love ceramics and pottery--I will have to find out more--thank you c

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  43. Wow. I absolutely love this. Heading over to her place...

    Pearl

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  44. Willow...simply amazing. I love the B and W. And bugs are right up my alley. I will have to look her work up, that's for sure. Thanks for the info.

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  45. Comment No. 49: You're the best of all bloggers. You make me sick. (Tee hee) "Fabulous, wonderful, beautiful, exquisite, fascinating, gorgeous, superb..." These rave words of review all apply to your work as well.

    Don't ever quit.

    Love, your FF of the North

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  46. Her work is nothing short of stunning. I LOVE the birds, and the fiddleheads! But the spider, not so much. I am so NOT putting my lips to anything that has a big hairy spider crawling around on it. Eww!

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  47. What an awesome discovery. I could hardly tear myself from her site. I particularly like the birds.

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  48. While I adore the stuff she makes, the prices are just a bit too high, methinks.

    Am not sure, but I think her website is also befoggled... it was showing a creamer for $165. I sent her an email, and she actually responded to me immediately and said the creamer is $38, there's a large pitcher that's $165.

    Whew! I might be able to swing a creamer, but a whole set of dinnerware is out of the budget.

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  49. Well, she is an artist, and I'm sure each piece is fairly labor intensive. All her handmade ceramic works are crafted entirely in the her Vermont studio. It's not as if millions of pieces are cheaply cranked out in China.

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  50. These are fantastic! Love the spider. Thanks for sharing!

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  51. I really love the entire atmosphere of your blog. Beautiful

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  52. wow, these are just beautiful

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  53. I've been a fan of Laura's for a while and have done a couple of posts on her work. She has a jellyfish platter that I have coveted for a couple of years. Her work is quite popular in SF.

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  54. These are so fun! I would love to own a set.

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