'TRACES'

SOPHIE DRIES.

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THE ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER SOPHIE DRIES HAS CREATED A SERIES OF CERAMIC AND METAL VASES CALLED THE ‘TRACES’. THE COLLECTION WAS FORMED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE FRENCH POTTERY-MAKER THOMAS VIVANT, AND THE BRITISH METAL ARTIST MICHAEL MOORE.

THE TRACES COLLECTION IS NAMED AFTER THE IDEA OF SCARS IN THE CERAMICS. THE idea of 'TRACing marks' is REFLECTED BY THE INCISIONS ON THE SURFACE, MADE BY THE USE OF VARIOUS KNIVES WHILE THE STONEWARE IS STILL HUMID AND UNCOOKED. TRACES OF THE CLAY THAT ARE BLOWN ON THE SURFACE OF THE BLACK AND WHITE VASES CREATE A UNIQUE PATTERN TECHNIQUE THAT ADDS AN EPHEMERAL PRESENCE TO THE PIECES. THE COLLECTION IS MAINLY INSPIRED BY THE CONTEMPORARY RADICAL 80’S DESIGN AESTHETIC WITH FORMAL REFERENCES TO MEMPHIS GROUP AND ETTORE SOTTSASS.

THE PIECES IN THE COLLECTION WERE DESIGNED BY SOPHIE DRIES, COOKED TWICE BY THOMAS VIVANT AND GOT FINALIZED BY GETTING ASSEMBLED WITH THE METAL ACCENTS PRODUCED BY MICHAEL MOORE. THE CERAMIC PIECES ARE TURNED INTO UNIQUE BEDAZZLED PIECES WITH THE ADDITION OF DECORATIVE MATERIALS SUCH AS BLACK PATINA STEEL, AND UNIQUE NATURAL STONES SUCH AS WHITE QUARTZ OR PYRITE.

WITH THIS COLLECTION SOPHIE DRIES AIMED TAKING TRADITIONAL ARTS AND CRAFT MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES AND ADDING A TWIST WITH A CONTEMPORARY DESIGN CONSISTING OF MINIMAL SHAPES AND RADICAL PROPORTIONS. THE CONTRAST BETWEEN THE BLACK CLAY AND THE PRECIOUS METALS PLAYS AN INTEGRAL ROLE AND FORMS A PARADOX BETWEEN THE SMOOTH SURFACES ALONGSIDE THE RAW SCARIFIED TEXTURES IN THE CERAMICS.