I had admired Michele Quan and her work from afar for some time. Her pieces were housed in some of my favourite New York stores, such as Love Adorned and The Future Perfect, so I was delighted to meet at her studio in Brooklyn.
I always love going to the studios of artists. It gives a real sense of the method and emotion that goes into the process. It was lovely to be able to see Michele in her creative space, and how true she is to taking her time with her creations.
Michele’s designs of worry beads, giant diamonds and bells are naïve, yet refined. She designs and sculpts handmade ceramic pieces and is best known for her work with bells, skulls and garlands. Her pieces are oversized and over scaled, coated with a glaze in colours that have wonderful depth, cast in organic shapes that are both soft and hard, making you want to reach out and touch them.
The bespoke ceramic pieces then become a canvas for Michele to paint, draw and write on. The imagery denotes and symbolises Eastern influences and iconography, steeping them in layers of meaning and stories. Michele’s bells and worry beads are my personal favourites, however it is near impossible to not fall in love with her whole collection.
Her pieces are made from mixtures of natural and honest materials such as ceramics, flowers, bones, needles, shells, keys, reclaimed wood and hemp, all made by hand in NYC.