Craft skills are often handed down from master to apprentice, as is the case of Juan Mañosa and his son. This vase collection comes from a single lesson of how to use the pottery wheel.
In order to hand turn a vase, one must know how to create a piece similar to an original vase.
The apprentice tries to achieve a result as akin as possible to the original, by repeating it as many times as necessary (normally, these trials are discarded and the material reused).
This vase collection shows all the vases made by the apprentice, attempting to replicate an original, from the initial trials up to the final result.
Brothers Chris and Kirk Bray have been producing leather goods for the last ten years. They launched Billykirk from Los Angeles in 1999, learning their craft from a third generation leather maker. A simple leather strap kick started the business, a decade later their collection has flourished into other offerings that consists of bags, belts, shoes, wallets, hats and other accessories. Since expanding and moving their operation to the East, they've employed a group of Amish leather makers to produce much of their line, while wrapping up production in their studio. We visited the brothers over the summer to observe their operation first hand and to discover the beauty behind the process. Photo by Rose Callahan
"It's a shame to only have dreams at night. You should have a few opportunities during the day." This wistful quote from Stephen Alesch speaks volumes about the spaces he and Robin Standefer create as architects and designers. Their firm Roman & Williams, is named for their grandparents, paying homage to another era. Together, they draw on the evocative moods, textures, and meaningful objects that linger somewhere between past and present. Their work is infused with memory and allows participants to connect with a more romantic and important time.
Alesch still renders all of their presentations by hand, a skill he has preserved and honed from an early age. Standefer evolved her skills as a painter into creating sets for the likes of Scorsese. As a team they have developed an approach to creating buildings and interiors that reveres craft and tradition, combined with a contemporary viewpoint. This unique vision has lead to a number of important public and private projects including the Ace Hotel, The Standard Hotel, and 211 Elizabeth. Photo by Rose Callahan
Palette is a contemporary breakfast-ware that harks back to the classics, a typical Singaporean breakfast. The mix of materials helps accentuate a range of textures and colors that compliment each other. With the white glazed plate placed right after the cherry wood, which acts as the base for a series of tinted blown-glass objects; all intended to showcase the ingredients and hint at their preparation methods.