porcelain // slip-cast // glazed inside and outside // height: 16cm
This porcelain bud vase is an homage to my heroine, Frida Kahlo. Limited edition, individually numbered.
As an artist, Kahlo fearlessly shared her deep, dark world with vivid and deeply personal work. She was very engaged in social and political issues, outspokenly unapologetic about her sexuality and fiercely rejected feminine beauty ideals. Despite dressing to please no one but herself, her bright traditional clothing and distinguished monobrow have made her a timeless icon. In fact, the V&A is planning to exhibit an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing, which have been locked away for 50 years after Kahlo's death.
The design for this slip-cast porcelain vase is inspired by Frida On A White Bench (New York, 1939), the famous photograph rumoured lover Nickolas Muray took of her. It is available in 4 different finishes, two of which are hand-painted before firing. To create the mould, I built on an old German doll face mould found at a flea market. I recognised their faces instantly: they brought me back to my German grandparents' house where I used to play with my mum's childhood dolls.
For these images, paper flower goddess Clare Margary of Paper Petal & Wild created the custom bunch of paper flowers to match the Frida vase.
ABOUT STUDIO JAN.NE.KE
Based at Turning Earth in North London, Studio jAN.NE.KE creates small collections of feel-good ceramics, with a focus on handmade items, one-offs and limited runs.
Material // slip-cast porcelain
Finish // glazed inside and outside
Height // 16 cm (6.3 inch)
Handmade in North London
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