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Last year, as fashion types posted pictures on Instagram of their weekends throwing clay, Vogue called the craft “the new yoga."
Certainly there is a growing appetite for beautiful homewares and sculpture, made from organic materials and produced by a talented generation of new ceramists.
Natalie Herrera is one such rising star. The graphic designer has taken the fundamentals she learned at the Rhode Island School of Design and applied them to a new medium.
Her ceramics, wheel-thrown or hand-built, take on an angularity, structuraland graphic quality. “Most of the inspiration for my ceramics comes from architecture,” says Herrera, including Brutalist buildings in Colombia and parallel forms in New York City. Much of her art, created under the brand High Gloss, which she launched in 2013, has a practical use, such as stacking cups without handles that work to conserve cupboard space.
More and more, though, she is being commissioned to create ceramic sculptural pieces. “Many of my friends have objects all over their home, a mini-museum of pieces,” she says.