Juliette Warmenhoven: Nest Bowls

You may know her from her "Everyday Growing" collection of out-of-this-world pots for plants, exhibited during the Dutch Design Week (DDW). Designer Juliette Warmenhoven's “Nest Bowls” consist of five ceramic bowls that form a nest when placed one into the other. "Using the bowls’ elegance as a starting point, I constantly play with colors, details, heating processes, materials and more – an infinite process." The Amsterdam-based designer has created three different series "from which more and more series will evolve into both limited and standard editions. The Moss collect is a soft colored green. The bowls are gloss glazed on the inside and matte glazed on the outside. The Mint collection was named after its minty celadon green, bowls glazed inside and raw on the outside. Finally, the Burned pigment drawing series: the bowls are unglazed and enriched with a drawing that has a cell or bubble texture, which has been burned into the clay. Each bowl has a character of its own and the composition changes from one series to the following one."

Tomas Kral x Something Good: Split

Designer Tomas Kral (his "clown nose" series is perhaps the reason why the name rings a bell) will soon unveil new works at the Milan Salone del Mobile. Designed for the Italian brand Something Good, which debuted during last year's Salone, "Split" is a collection of ceramic containers, based on the designer's "1/4" containers - a bended sheet of metal re-proportioning each cylindrical object, a divider overwhelming the initial shape of the piece.

Bente Skjøttgaard

Are these flowers, clouds - or both? Ceramic designer Bente Skjøttgaard's works escape definition and defy gravity. The Danish artist recently entered the permanent collections of such renowned museums as the Victoria & Albert (London) and the Manufacture Royale de Sèvres, Cité de la Céramique. Skjøttgaard considers her pieces as "amorphous abstractions of nature", adding: "The fantastic thing about clay is that what is nature's own material can constantly be transformed into something new and relevant" (Galerie Maria Lund, Paris).

Elke van den Berg

La designer néerlandaise Elke van den Berg fabrique de délicates pièces de céramique qui ne sont pas seulement poétiquement belles, mais révèlent aussi sa dextérité à manier la porcelaine. Sous les doigts de la designer, elle se fait poudrée, contemporaine et faussement naïve (décor végétal ou d'insectes), parée de vives "taches d'encre" sur un fond pastel. Les vases, plats et coupes de la designer hollandaise (qui a installé son studio à Eindhoven) rendent le design céramique franchement tentant. Dutch designer Elke van den Berg's ceramic pieces are not only pure eye candy,  they also demonstrate her refined skills. Powdery porcelain, a contemporary and falsely naive style (vegetables, flowers & insects), vivid "ink stains" on a pale, pastel-coloured background : Eindhoven-based Elke van den Berg's bowls, plates and vases make ceramic design more appealing than ever.

Bijou contemporain & design céramique : un peu de terre sur la peau

Initiée par la Fondation Bernardaud, l'exposition consacrée au design de bijoux contemporains en céramique (terre cuite, grès, faïence et porcelaine) s'installe au Musée des Arts décoratifs jusqu'au 19 août 2012. Dix-huit designers et artistes ont été invités à présenter quelque 140 pièces à arborer comme « Un peu de terre sur la peau ». Thanks to the Bernardaud Foundation, some 140 compelling ceramic designs (terra cotta, stoneware, faience and porcelain items) on loan from 18 international designers and artists, invite visitors to be worn as «A bit of clay onto the skin » at the Musée des Arts décoratifs (15 March-19 August 2012) .