There is something so special about the tactile and hand-touched quality of ceramics that we find very hard to resist. We just want to pick these pieces up and cradle them in our hands!
So for this week's Friday Feature we wanted to 'Share the Love' and highlight the work of the very talented Belgian ceramicist who is behind them; introducing Ilona Van den Bergh.
Ilona's primary method of working is with casting which ensures a uniform result every time. However, the above 'Moon' collection challenges this - changing the perfect sphere or circle by delicate manipulation before the final firing.
Ilona articulates this so beautifully; "As life is : we all want to have it perfectly, but we all get our own dents and craters. We all make our own traject. And it is the art to make of this imperfection something beautiful again. The art of life".
Ilona graduated from the IKA (Institute of Art & Craft) Mechelen in 2000, and like many artists and designers, the creative impulse is absolutely an intrinsic part of who she is and how she defines herself: "Design is my being. It is the material translation of my personality".
The Ona range is inspired by graphics and typography (particularly the letter 'a' in the Bauhaus font) as well as the purity of the wider Bauhaus movement, resulting in 19 pieces that can be used in isolation or combined in many different ways.
The influence of typography is here again with the Komma collection being highly reflective of the punctuation tool we probably use far too much in this blog! The vessels are in varying sizes to enable them to be stacked, and the smallest bowl can double as a cup.
Oh what we wouldn't do for a Belgian Hot Chocolate to go with that!
We are particularly drawn to the super-matt finish of the vessels, as well as the simple almost childlike form.
Ilona's goal, is to touch people by the purity and soberness of her designs - and as a result the pieces have a timeless quality.
The infamous William Morris maxim 'Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful' stands true yet again - we can all strive to live up to this by supporting the work of creatives like Ilona - for more info click here.