shopping 05.7.04


Have a mother, need a gift? The gorgeous ceramics, handmade in Brooklyn by James Klein and David Reid of Klein Reid get our vote. These sinuous vases, bowls, and other objects are modestly priced and they're having a studio sale tomorrow. But first some background.

James and David, both Akron natives, met in high school. After grad school, they moved to Williamsburg in 1993 to set up a studio. David says, "Our work was influenced by the production ware we collected. Ohio was a hotbed for that. Southern Ohio has lots of factories — Homer Laughlin is there. We collected Hull China, Russel Wright, Eva Zeisel dinnerware, 40s flower shop vases. In the early 90s, most production ware in stores was about surface. We wanted to create a line primarily form driven."

Their newest line is based on the idea of a still life. Porcelain books, candlesticks, handkerchiefs, conceived as sculptural, geometric objects, are designed to go with the vases. Group them and you get a lovely still life.

All this great work has attracted a devoted following. David says, "Our studio was growing and growing. There was a certain point in time when we were growing faster than we could keep up with it. The idea of having pieces made elsewhere was an issue. But we're very personally involved and wanted to stay that way. We mix our own porcelain from our own recipes and make our own glazes. When we decided to keep the production here, it reaffirmed a personal mission in what we do: we're making things we like."

Now about the sale. A majority of their pieces are already priced under $100 at regular retail. The studio sale will feature firsts, samples, and seconds at discount. It's tomorrow, 5/8, from 12-4 at 475 Keap [Union/Ainslie] Williamsburg 718.388.9331. (Take the L to Lorimer). Cash only.
Also tomorrow, from 12-5, Mixed Greens, 601 W. 26th [11th/West Side Hway] 11th flr. 212.331.8888, hosts a shopping extravaganza:

30 Vandam
Showcasing 45 of the hottest emerging designers in womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, jewelry, handbags, shoes and home accessories.
Amanda Keidan Jewelry
Using a brilliant palette of precious and semiprecious stones, Keidan has created an elegant collection of jewelry that can be worn from daytime to evening.
Chelsea Wine Vault
Wine and cheese from the Chelsea Wine Vault, plus 10% off all orders placed that day.
Fab Dog
High fashion accessories for canines and their owners.
Simple, sleek and elegant cufflinks — a contemporary design for a classic look.
A full line of handcrafted sterling silver, 14k, and semiprecious stone jewelry.
Jim Smiley Vintage Clothing
Vintage ties, cufflinks and handkerchiefs.
Michelle Farmer Fine Jewelry
Michelle Farmer works in platinum, 18k white and yellow gold, diamonds, pearls, precious and semiprecious stones.
Mixed Greens
Original, contemporary art from over 25 artists; photography, painting, sculpture, works on paper and gift certificates.
Rissy Lyn
Handmade and customized picture frames offer a full range of fashion for the dresser and home.

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