Introducing Ciovere, by Anthony Cioe. These hand blown glass pieces reflect both traditional Venetian design (Anthony spent time honing his skills in a studio in Murano, Italy) as well as a minimal contemporary aesthetic. Anthony is known for simple yet exceptionally crafted work. We love his attention to detail, right down to the signature carefully etched on the bottom of each piece. The vases pictured above contain a unique ring of folded glass within their airy forms. All work is made in Brooklyn.
Introducing the Gaia necklace by Still House Jewelry: a clean, minimal, and elegant necklace with a memorable curve.
This delicate 17″ long silver necklace is set with two .8mm diamonds (one black and one white) and comes with our signature toggle clasp. You’ll want to wear it every day.
The Gaia necklace is an edition of 40, exclusively available from Of a Kind.
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Since our store has just received some beautiful new work by NO., we wanted to share an interview we had with ceramicist Romy Northover this past summer. Ever since we discovered Romy’s unusual pieces, we just can’t seem to get enough of them. We love the wide range of tones and textures she uses, as well as her distinctly uneven glazes. When she isn’t making her own work (under the name NO.), Romy collaborates with Shino Takeda on a line called Katakana NY. We dropped by her new light-filled studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to see what she’s working on. Afterwards we had lunch down the street at Milk & Roses.
Still House: Tell us about how it all started.
Romy Northover: My family is super creative so that was understood and encouraged, and I was fortunate to go to a school where you could take ceramics as an A level. My degree was in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London, which was mega conceptual. In my 20s I was doing video art and installation. I had a bit of a rough ride because I didn’t really know what I wanted. I had lots of weird “jobs” and lived for a while in Hong Kong, Italy, and Berlin. When I moved to New York everything changed. I came back to ceramics and that was that. I couldn’t be happier. Ceramics are basic, elemental, and quietly complex. There was only ever one option!
SH: You work using more traditional Japanese techniques but your work also seems to be in conversation with a surge of really great ceramic work coming out of Brooklyn right now. Can you tell us more about your influences?
RN: At Togei Kyoshitsu of New York, I learned the Japanese methods of Rokuro (throwing) and Kinuneri (kneading in a kind of spiral shape, similar to a chrysanthemum). Japanese ceramics are an important influence. I love the clarity of European design of the 20th Century, and the more gentle, organic simplicity of Scandinavian aesthetics. Also the rawness of material in old indigenous ceramics and crafts inspire me. I feel a kind of an ancient/future vibe. I have enormous respect for skill and tradition but I’m also into switching it up, stripping it back, daydreaming, and projecting. There is something to be said about collective consciousness. I’m very lucky to be working in this time where people are making such amazing ceramics—and there is a refreshed interest in it. It opens it up and makes being a full-time ceramicist possible.
SH: What’s inspiring you right now?
RN: Space and form are a massive inspiration, and nature moves me, too. I love horizons for the minimalist line they evoke and sense of the infinite. I work with earth. It’s visceral, and the material itself opens up so many possibilities. Right now I’m into mark-making and have a reinvested love for the work of Cy Twombly and Franz Kline. The internet is amazing. There is a calligraphy show at the MET I want to see…and I recently saw Kim Gordon perform with I.U.D…that was brilliant.
SH: Are there any upcoming projects you’re excited about?
RN: I’m really into using slips (liquid clay) as opposed to glaze. I’m so into the texture and the mood and flow of the brush. In August I start an advanced Kintsugi class – the Japanese technique of repairing broken ceramics with lacquer and 24 karat gold powder, with the understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken. The technique blows my mind!
This subtly asymmetrical beauty comes with 2 diamonds; a larger 5 pt white diamond and a smaller 1 pt black diamond. The 16” long chain closes securely with an attractive toggle clasp. We like showing off the back just as much as the front.
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Marge Lurie is a a New York City-based potter who makes functional and decorative bowls and vases in minimal forms. Their unusual surfaces are the result of her exploration of alternative firing techniques (horsehair, raku, pit, and woodfire).
The pieces pictured have been wood fired, a process where the burning wood that heats a kiln creates flames and ash that come in contact with the clay being fired. Melting ash created the natural glaze on these pieces.
A new ceramic collection by Monday’s Projects has just arrived in the shop. These casually shaped organic vessels are handmade in Brooklyn by Jennifer Fiore and Nina Lalli. We’re big fans of their natural colors and painterly surfaces. These food safe pieces are also great for holding anything that needs safekeeping; we’ve been using ours for rings and plants.
*In store only
Three pieces that do a good job of representing the three different lines they hail from:
THE DOUBLE SNAKE RING* by Swallow
This Brooklyn-based studio uses casts of branches, bird skulls, and small animal sculptures to make their line of fine jewelry and art objects. Check out those ruby snake eyes!
14 KARAT GOLD RING* by Zoe Chicco
We’re big fans of styles that will last a long time. Zoe Chicco’s work is clean, delicate, and minimal, giving it a feeling that is both contemporary and timeless.
AQUAMARINE NECKLACE* by Melissa Joy Manning
Melissa Joy Manning uses gemstones set in hand-formed silver and gold bezels. She does a great job of showing off the stones she chooses, making them the focus of each piece. Made in California.
*These pieces are available in store only
Our bismuth crystals lend themselves well to stacking.
I’m really into the idiosyncratic patterns and textures of our petrified wood slices.
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Still House rings are back in stock in multiple sizes.
Both rings pictured are part of our growing in-house collection that we introduced last year. These lightweight bands come in silver, 14 karat yellow gold, and 14 karat rose gold, and you can choose between a clean straight top (the line ring) or an attractive point (the house ring). Whether you wear one by itself, stack them, or combine them with pieces from your own collection these versatile rings will feel right at home on your fingers.