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This speaker was handcrafted by ceramic artist Hortense Montarnal in her studio in Lyon. Since we have appreciated the acoustic properties of glass cabinets for quite a few years now we have been very interested in ceramics as a material.
This speaker was handcrafted by ceramic artist Hortense Montarnal in her studio in Lyon. Since we have appreciated the acoustic properties of glass cabinets for quite a few years now we have been very interested in ceramics as a material. Also since it has an obvious place in peoples homes in everything from kitchen ware to vases. In this collection we will explore a variety of textures and glazes as well, but Hortense started making a raw, untreated, natural coloured stoneware cabinet.
Organic meets technical
Hortense makes the cabinet from clay that she flattens, cuts and joins by hand. It takes a lot of knowledge in the material to understand how it behaves in the kiln, and to take the shrinkage into consideration in order for us to mount the components. Making the organic hand made meet the technical components might also seem counter intuitive from an aestetical point of view, but we find the result quite stunning. Since we already put so much effort into perfecting our components to exactly the right natural white shade, they blend nicely with the raw texture of the clay. The squarish cabinet, although it is obviously hand made, hints in its shape towards an appliance form factor. We believe this contributes to what we consider to be a successful marriage of craft and tech.
The Stoneware Speaker can be seen and heard live at Empreintes Marketplace on 5 rue de Picardie, Haut-Marais in Paris from some time in December 2018.
About Hortense Montarnal
Hortense makes beautiful ceramics for everyday use. She wants to combine the practical with the poetic, creating timeless things with pure and minimalist lines. Her inspiration is mainly in the 50's modernist architecture, but also in old, simple, authentic objects. Porcelain and stoneware, which is her favorite material, lets her play on the contrasts between the engob's mat and the enamel's shiny textures that sublime the raw natural material she uses. She has developed her own personal enamel palette in different textures, shades and natural tones. Her creations are unique and made in small series in a traditional manner, from the turntable in the studio in the city of Rochetaillé sur Saône near Lyon, France.