Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Introducing Waylande Gregory!
Note: the orange elephant salt and pepper shakers are on the way!
I have been an admirer of Waylande Gregory for quite a while and I'm thrilled to be able to offer it on Orange and Pear!
After the discovery of an immense treasure trove of work in the basement of the Gregory Estates Philanthropic Foundation, Waylande Gregory Studios was founded by Gregory's great-grand nephew Bryan Downey and fashion entrepreneur Mickey Rosmarin. Waylande Gregory Studios creates decorative porcelains and ceramics designed by one of the greatest modernist of the 20th century. From large-scale commissions for the Works Progress Administration and 1939 World’s Fair to delicate porcelains and ceramics, Waylande Gregory’s creations reflected the beauty and simplicity of his mid-western upbringing while pushing the technical boundaries of craftsmanship.
Beginning with his early life as a child prodigy, he was constantly striving for perfection. He invented and patented firing and glazing techniques that revolutionized the world of sculpture and would later be used by NASA to put man on the moon. His works, both the grand and the intimate, have been exhibited in over 170 shows in 11 countries, including the New York Metropolitan, Smithsonian and Whitney museums. Designed, glazed and sculpted using the vast library of Waylande Gregory's work. Each piece is produced by trained artisans in Peru according to the highest standards. Hand crafted from high-fired porcelain and stoneware using rich matte glazes, 22k gold and platinum. Waylande Gregory pieces resonate beauty, simplicity and perfection.
We are so thrilled to be selling this collection. We love the bold designs, the rich colors, the gold and platinum accents and the look that is both retro, glamorous and timeless all at the same time. We feel that they make perfect gifts for that special person. These are collectors pieces that you will cherish for years to come.
We fell in love with their bullet bowls, trays and salt and pepper shakers because we felt that were just the right size for gift giving. The bullet bowl has a tapered base which was thought to aid in stabilization in the ground. These originated during the Jomon period in Ancient Japan and lasted until roughly 300 BC. The bullet bowl has a spherical or polygonal, bullet shaped body. The design was revived in the 19th century.
I just love the retro, glam look about the pieces. The animal designs are sweet and beautiful and the colors are so rich. The holiday dear and cranes are pieces you'll want to keep out all year and don't they make beautiful holiday hostess gifts? These are the kind of pieces that when you open the box, you swear you heard angels singing. Trust us. It's true! Click here to check out the collection.