Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Happy Surprise


Sometimes as I go skipping through the world of interiors I am delighted by something new.  An awakening.  And sometimes I gasp, whether audible or not, at the beauty that I find.


Much, much too often I find that I have made no discovery at all.  Not new, merely new to me and I am embarrassed by my lack of knowledge.

Such was the case when I visited Christopher Spitzmiller's studio when I was in New York this week.  Was I surprised by Chris's beautiful work, by his melt in your mouth glazes?  I was not.  Was I surprised that he was gracious and generous and lovely?  I was not.  I had heard that already.


What surprised me was that Roy Hamilton was working quietly in a small back corner of the studio.  What surprised me were his beautiful ceramics.

It was the subtle yet beautiful texture of his work in neutral that gave me pause.


Neither he nor Chris made me feel the fool when I admitted I was unaware of Hamilton's work.  Neither made me squirm that I did not know that his ceramics have found a place in the projects of Parish Hadley, McMillen, William Hodgins, Darrell Schmitt and Steve Chase.


Smiling and patient they showed me the work and let me feel the relief of the slipware without mentioning that over the last twenty five years Hamilton has been honored by the Rhode Island School of Design, had commissions from Tiffany & Co. and a collection of fabrics and wall coverings for Donghia.


No, they didn't.  Instead we chatted amicably about a fellow Kansas Citian who lives in New York, a name that comes up again and again.  

Chris lured Hamilton to New York from sunny Los Angeles, a move he might be questioning this week as the weather in New York is truly atrocious. 

His decorative pieces are designed as vases and bowls though he notes that the vases often end up as lamps.  They are currently working to create a website to feature Hamilton's pieces.  That is a happy surprise.

Top three images Christopher Spitzmiller's work with Clare Potter, the remaining pieces by Roy Hamilton.  His pieces sometimes pop up on ebay.

10 comments:

Penelope Bianchi said...

Please, oh please, Mrs Blandings......do not ever, ever, EVER be embarrassed by your "lack of knowledge"!!

One cannot possibly live long enough to get over the condition of "lack of knowledge" in the field of decorating!

I have been lucky enough to be a quite successful decorator for 39 years.........and am still learning......every single day........and often from your blog and others.......more and more......every single day I learn!

There is no such thing; in my opinion, in our craft........(if that is the correct term).........
as being guilty of "lack of knowledge".....

.EXCEPT and this is a big one........if one thinks one "knows it all"!!

That is when one suffers from "lack of knowledge."and out the window and into another career that one should go!

And only then!

If we had 400 years to live..........each of us.......we could not possible learn or know even a fraction of what there is to know about interiors.......decorating......architecture......all of it!!

Thanks for expanding my knowledge! You assist in my learning every day!

Penelope

Marnie said...

I recently read a very good and detailed article about this artist - when i remember where i saw the article i will pass the info along

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful....thanks for the introduction! - Inspired Living

pve design said...

oh he looks dreamy and the potter too.

Anonymous said...

perfection!

Karena said...

Hamilton's work is georgeous. I can definitely see them as lamps.

Karena said...

Oh, and Patricia, I nominated you for this contest!
http://artbykarena.blogspot.com/2009/01/pay-it-forward-and-share-luv.html

johanna Buschmann said...

wow, these are really beautiful. I loooove the subtle texture, they are almost like fabric.
(p.s., Patricia, this is Johanna, your former, half-summer nanny. ITs so nice to see you and all of your creativity! hope all is going well, please say hi to the boys from me, and check out what ive been up to at www.texontextiles.blogspot.com)

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

I've know about Clare Potter for years but had never hear of Roy Hamilton so you are not alone and we all thank you for updating us!

linda said...

Those lamps are dreamy...