Jerilyn Virden ceramics next to vases from DB Glassworks
At the AD Home Show, there were lots of artists displaying their work, and two ceramic designers in particular caught my eye. The first is Jerilyn Virden, who I met several years ago when I worked for a gallery that represented her work. She creates hollow and double-walled ceramic vessels with multiple layers of glaze that feel like rough or smooth stone. dbO Home — founded by David and Dana Brandwein Oates — also references the natural world, with ceramic surfaces that contain the light imprint of leaves and flowers.
Both artists have a weight to their work that's inherent in their material choices — they draw attention to the clay as an element of the earth (as opposed to someone who works in high-gloss porcelain, which tends to make a ceramic piece feel more like a lacquered, non-natural object).
Jerilyn Virden lives and works in Mitchell County, North Carolina, with her husband, a glass-maker. (His vases make a cameo in the photos above). She's a former artist in residence at the Penland School of Craft, and she has studied ceramics in Texas, New Mexico, Virginia, and China.
David and Dana Brandwein Oates have a home and studio in Litchfield County, New York. Dana is a potter, while David makes the burl oak tables shown above.
• Jerilyn Virden Ceramics
• Jerilyn Virden at Ann Nathan Gallery
• DB Glassworks
• dbO Home
• DBO Home Profile on Apartment Therapy Re-Nest