On December 4th, Design Miami (Miami Beach) closed its twelfth edition featuring thirty-one of the world’s leading design galleries. At the fair’s entrance, guests could ponder over or relax under Design Miami’s largest commission to date titled Flotsam & Jetsam designed by SHoP Architects -- Recipient of the 2016 Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award. A refreshed layout along with special events, satellite projects and collaborations and commissions such as Stage, a spacious eatery designed by architect Ole Scheeren in partnership with Dean & DeLuca, made the trip to Design Miami a relaxing experience. Amidst the frenzy of Miami Art Week, design enthusiasts could find a place to contemplate, interact and choose from the best selection in collectible design.

Selected galleries that showcased works by ceramic artists were: Pierre Marie Giraud (Brussels); Thomas Fritsch - Artrium (Paris); Hostler Burrows (New York); Galerie Vivid (Rotterdam); Patrick Parrish (New York); Friedman Benda (New York); and Southern Guild (Cape Town.)

Hostler Burrows presented new works by Eva Zethraeus (Sweden.) Zethraeus’ landscape porcelain sculptures take on a marine aspect. She describes herself as fascinated by the qualities objects take on underwater, describing their slow movement, textures and the qualities of light as being akin to her deliberate, contemplative ceramic process.

Artist, Olivier van Herpt (Netherlands) has created the first 3D printer that works in clay which produces vessels comparable to the size of his Sediment Vase (60x25x25 cm) presented by Galerie VIVID (Rotterdam.) In describing van Herpt’s process, writer and researcher Justin Zhuang remarks: “Just as the advent of digital fabrication has democratised manufacturing for the masses, the works of van Herpt seek to reconnect design with the human touch. Drilling deep into the design process, he flattens the production chain standing between designer and user with his innovative machines that are really tools which empower making.”

Patrick Parrish showcased ceramic works by artist Guy Corriero (New York) who is both a painter and sculptor. Stated in a press release issued by Junior Projects on Art Forum: “Negotiating the space between abstraction and figuration, his sculptures, like his paintings, allude to the land, and to people he’s met, observed, and assigned to memory. These disorienting sculptures have no distinct front, back, or sides. They are both coming and going, inviting the viewer to experience the work from all perspectives.”

Friedman Benda exhibited new works by Adam Silverman (Los Angeles.) In an Artsy editorial, Silverman’s work is described as a prolific artist who, “experiments with a range of techniques to create ceramics that are deft and gorgeous experiments in color, texture, and form.”

Works by notable ceramic artists could be found at main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach and satellite fairs. Here are some highlights:

Art Basel Miami Beach: Christian Andersen presented “Heavy Birden” #1-8 by Shelly Nadashi (Brussels) -- a series of clay panels and masks. Displayed at head height and inviting usage, the masks play on the interaction between art and art-lover. On the one hand, they protect the visitor over-exposed to art, whilst simultaneously enticing that same visitor to capture themselves in loco.

UNTITLED, Miami Beach: – Johansson Projects exhibited smaller vessels by Cody Hoyt (New York.) Utilizing the method of inlaid clay patterning, the surfaces of Hoyt's ceramics reveal how the walls of each form have been sliced and opened up, uncovering the system of pattern inside, whether geometric or incidental like strata. Larger works were shown by Patrick Parrish at Design Miami.

SCOPE, Miami Beach: – Callan Contemporary (New Orleans) exhibited works by Eva Hild (Sweden.) In her artist statement, she states: “I build big forms, the clay will dry slowly and not collapse. When the form is ready and the clay is dry, I sand away at the surface and then spray it with a slurry of kaolin. The pieces are finally fired in stoneware temperature, about 1250°."

Lisa Morales