Monday, April 29, 2013

There's a chair in there...

As I'm a hopeless sucker for all things retro (actually not true... I'd like to think I was discerning but that's just my opinion) but I have a fixation for really great seating. Scouring the pages in Etsy I happened upon the above vintage vinyl chairs by B Brody Seating Company from Chicago (IL) They had unfortunately been sold but I then decided to look closer to home.

Anyone who has grown up in Australia within the last 50 years (or even longer) will be familiar with the pressed-metal, stackable chairs by Sebel. I have recently purchased ten and have had them re-painted in beautiful pairs. Some of you will have seen my red and pale grey versions in my Canberra store. They hold a particular appeal to me as when I was little and we sat in Sunday School I'd trace the pattern in the metal with my fingers, wishing the sermon would wind up quickly so my father would buy me Donald Duck comics. This fusion of nostalgia and good design is something I've tried to bring to my ceramic forms as well. There's nothing like a sense of comfortable familiarity to give an object justification to be in your home. I say that every time I make another purchase... now... repeat after me!

For those of you wondering how good these can look after a restoration have a peek at the first two slideshow images on my website. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

There's no place like (bison)home....

There's no place like bisonhome!
After several weeks of pulling together photography; my random styling efforts, scattered text to go under headings, and the occasional crisis with editing... it finally looks like bisonhome's online store and website will be open for business. It's quite a challenge striking the balance between a website that showcases your designs, yet straddles the omnipresent world of the internet. We'd like to think that our blog (The Daily Bison) will highlight aspects of design or spike an interest in the simple visual beauty of the creative process. That being said it may also just be a vehicle for me to rave about a particular photographer or to espouse the virtues of some obscure artist living on sprouts in a garrett somewhere.

Maybe I should have gone a little lighter with the foundation!

For those of you who are new to bison... welcome! We hope that you'll drop by regularly to look at either our blog entries, or those on our Bison Australia Facebook page. I'll have discussions with stylists and foodies who can add another dimension to the way we view a space... or even a colour. One of our greatest passions has been the tones within our glazes. As we all have such varied tastes it's quite often challenging to add a new shade to your home... we'd like to help and make that process easier. (and a whole lot more enjoyable than therapy!)