McGuiness’ Vessels are represented to the trade by the following showrooms. For purchase and availability, please contact your preferred showroom:
De Sousa Hughes
San Francisco, CA
Chicago, IL, Denver, CO, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, New York, NY, Washington DC & London, England
General Information about Vessels
One of a kind individually hand-coiled ceramic vessels sculpted in Berkeley California by the artist Erin McGuiness. Coil building is an ancient ceramic process of rolling out “snakes” of clay and then spiraling the coils vertically to build walls. Strongest when grouped, enabling individual forms to be in resonance with one another.
Function – Intent is vessels for contemplation rather than function. Pieces in Black Mountain and Porcelain Lines finish are unglazed and usually watertight due to a very high firing temperature. To protect the surface of the form and incase of any water weeping, a glass insert is recommended for use. Nychta finish is water tight. The Bone finish is not watertight.
Finishes – Minimal surface design is used to keep focus on the form and the inherent beauty of the naked clay. Porcelain lines finish is a white stoneware clay with a porcelain slip brushed. Black Mountain finish is brown stoneware clay with an iron glaze wash. Both are high-fired. Bone finish is a warm white sandy colored finish with a raw texture revealing process scratches and groves. Nychta is a matte black finish with a texture that reveals the process scratches and groves. Bone and Nychta finishes are low-fired. Nychta is water tight.
Custom – Since the pieces are one of a kind, rather than make duplicates of previous forms, McGuiness make a number of custom options for the designer to choose from. She will need to know the general sizes, number of pieces, finish and the dimensions of the final install space (if applicable). Also helpful, if an idea of which types of forms would work best for the specific project. Lead time is 3 to 4 months depending on when the order is placed and rush orders may be possible for an additional fee. Custom orders are suspended until winter of 2019 due to McGuiness’ other commitments.
Handling – Pieces are sturdy but should be handled with care. Rather than lift the piece from the top, which may allow the weight of the piece itself to strain parts of the form, it is recommended to use a hand on the bottom of the piece to bear the weight. Clay does not have tensile strength and it is recommended to keep them vertical rather than horizontal when transporting. If shipping, professional shipping assistant including double boxing is recommended and contact Erin for more formal instructions.