I have some utterly beautiful work to share with you today by American-Scandinavian ceramist Laurie Poast. It’s been impossible to keep my eyes off her collection of minimal, sculptural ceramics ever since I first saw her work on Vogesparis.
Now based in Bergen, Norway, Laurie grew up in Wisconsin. Her father is a master Luthier, maker of Norwegian Hardanger fiddles, so it’s inevitable that a deep connection to craftsmanship would influence her.
With a collection spanning sculptural art, bowls and vases and hardware for interiors, it’s almost impossible not to want to reach out and touch, such is the tactile, smooth quality of the objects she makes.
Laurie’s work is intrinsically organic, from the silky, raw matt ceramics she casts her shapes in, to the earthy and natural tones they take on. Rich autumnal inspired colour palettes connect to nature whilst chalky textured black and porcelain white looks to a more contemporary aesthetic. With an approach to curate moments of pleasure, calm and delight, her pieces take on a life of their own in the way they play with light, casting deeply textured shadows between the ripples, curves and architectural scoops.
If you’re looking for a select pieces of art to adorn a shelf at home, the Laurie Poast Atelier collection is an easy choice to make.
As a self-confessed lover of ceramics, there isn’t one piece I wouldn’t love to own, though a personal favourite are the Valet bowls (below). Useful objects of beauty and completely stunning on their own. The urge to sit and stroke them all day might prove too much!
Follow Laurie’s Instagram for more of her delicate work.
Photography courtesy of Laurie Poast Atelier, with thanks.