Table is pleased to introduce you its new ceramic edition in collaboration with Marseille based artist Zuzana Hlivarova : a vibrant orange vase handmade with glazed clay, perfect for Spring table settings.
“The vase is a version of my signature Condition origin cup. With this line of works I wanted to enhance the idea and beauty of imperfection. I wanted to create something very simple but evocative, hard to define by a specific period. Infused with the feeling of nature, like holding something you would find in the wild.”
“We decided to use very specific colour which makes the work fresh and vibrant. The treatment I use is enhancing originality and the movement. In my mind colour represents energetic vibration. It is powerful how colours influence feeling. In my earlier works I worked a lot with colour. Then I decided to focus on form and explore the natural tones of clay. I love how it reflects light and the quiet presence it creates in space.”
Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Zuzana and I am a ceramic artist. I started to work with clay in 2015. I create unique sculptural works, functional art and some homeware pieces which are part of my collection named Condition origin.
Can you tell us about this place ?
I have been living in Marseille for two years, in an old workshop which used to make shirts. It is an authentic place with high ceilings and nice light. After living in Paris for a couple of years, I started to miss being in the nature and closer to the sea side. I also required additional room to evolve my work. Space and nature are in fact essential for me.
You work with clay, can you tell us about your relationship with this material?
To me working with clay has relaxing properties, it is the material which creatively opened me up and I was able to channel my imagination in a genuine way. I communicate with the world with my works. They are my intuitive language.
How would you define your artistic signature and this particular aspect you give to your artwork?
I would say that I act as the fifth element. As an emotional being I influence the material in a way which is very unique to me. Similar to the forces of nature impacting the environment, I leave marks of my motion on the material, while exploring evocative shapes intuitively resurfacing from my subconscious.
According to you, what is the functionality of this object and how can it fit in an interior?
You can use it for beautiful flowers or herbs and branches of your choice. As we are in the season, I see the vase to be used even for a bunch of young carrots with the green stamps, cooked or raw sticking up.
Can you tell us about your relationship with the world of food and tableware?
I love when someone cooks for me as much as I love cooking. I feel both are very relaxing and grounding activities. As you can imagine, I like to set the table with my own ceramics in an eclectic and even improvised manner. In general I like to keep an open mind about how to do things.
What are your culinary inspirations? Does your background set the tone for your daily cooking?
I enjoy the most vegetarian food with seasonal ingredients. To eat local and in season is really a big thing for me. I grew up in Slovakia and my family always had gardens. We ate a lot of seasonal food with big culture of fermentation and preparation for the winter season. I would say I like to borrow from different cultures and try new things. But I really enjoy simple, few ingredients meals with quality products.