P & T
What does it mean to drink? The latest additions to our artist series pulls attention to the experience, from where the hands hug the cup. We look at the work of two local ceramists whose notion of comfort has directed the design and aesthetics of their vessels.
HOZANA GOMES DA COSTA
Hozana Gomes da Costa’s swing cups appear to float upon the surface they sit. With a 30 year long history with clay and porcelain her influence remains in the Bauhaus principles of reducing it down to the minimum. Her vessels hold a sleek and harmonic form with an unconventional weight distribution – it balances attentively to one point, then swings with comfort, with a grace of confidence not to tip over.
“Porcelain is a sensual material… I’m fascinated in giving it a form and designing an aesthetic object out of it.”
Hozana Gomes da Costa has finely sanded the outer matte surface keeping it bare and intimate to the touch, while the interior shines a liquid glaze that pulls in one’s gaze.
Lutz Könecke’s vessels are bold with a presence that keeps the eyes and the hands. They do not look to chase the ever-shifting aesthetics of our time and instead, hold true to the traditional styles of established craftsman.
The strict forms of his great grandfather Otto Lindig; the famous Bauhaus potter, is carried over in Lutz Könecke’s aesthetic and it is this long family tradition that has shaped his ceramic notions of value. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind craft of the potter and his wheel with slight variations in form. The robust form and weight of his vessels offer a way of comfort, a comfort that comes with a confident grip, and a comfort that is translated into one’s relationship with tea.