Sloane Angell Ceramics

September 8th, 2017

New to Poepke this Spring are Sloane Angell ceramics.  Based in Los Angeles, Sloane creates vases and planters known for their striking colours and textures.  There are vases with dripping turquoise and oxblood glazes, and planters with shiny veneers and portions left raw. We talk to Sloane about his design background and approach to his craft.

 

 

Before you focussed on ceramics, you were part of Marc Jacobs’ design team.  You also have your own label – Mercer Market. Tell us what prompted you to change direction?

I started making ceramics in 2000, while I was in high school. I have kept the craft ever since. My clothing company Mercer Market took a few years to get off the ground. Now that it doesn’t require all my time, I was able to get my hands back in clay. I really enjoy splitting my time between both projects.

You know live in Los Angeles after living in New York and Maryland.  Does L.A inform your work in any way?

I think L.A changes the way I work based on environment, but I don’t think it effects my aesthetics.  Fortunately my vessels seem to translate well in the homes here, I have been very successful with local customers collecting my work.

 

 

We especially love the oxblood and turquoise drip glazes on your pots. What inspired your use of colour?

These are some of my favourites as well.  A little secret about these colours; the blood red and turquoise are actually the same glaze. It reacts either way depending on a specific firing method. Both colours evoke a great response from the viewer. The blue drips on porcelain have become somewhat of a signature of my work.

You have also worked under the L.A based ceramicist Mirena Kim. What did you take away from your time with her?

I wanted to learn production techniques and the day to day of a ceramics business. I was extremely fortunate that Mirena hired me, and allowed me to work and learn with her. She taught me a lot of great practices for being a successful potter.

What is the favourite part of your craft?

I love the process of changing ideas into form. My ceramics are handmade, functional art. Dishwater or vases that can be used on a daily basis, hopefully serving many generations of owners. Each piece is unique and individual.

 

 

You can view Sloane Angell’s Ceramics here.

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