I am so happy to announce the exhibition and website launch for VALA RAE!
VALA RAE is a collaborative ceramic housewares company between Jessie Rose Vala and Emily Rae Counts. If you have a second please check out our website (link below) and we would so love to see you at our opening Friday, June 22 at Dust to Dust in Portland OR.
June 22 – August 5, 2018
Opening reception, Friday, June 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Dust to Dust presents VALA RAE, an exhibition highlighting one-of-a-kind functional ceramic pieces created by Jessie Rose Vala and Emily Rae Counts. VALA RAE is a unique housewares production company that blurs the lines between; art and design, routine and ritual, and functional and fantastical objects. Many of the pieces focus on light and fire, a reflection on the hearth, once the center of the home.
The VALA RAE inaugural exhibition features an oversized lovers’ bong, pendant lights, lamps, chimera-inspired table pipes, cast porcelain pipes, candle holders, and vases. Animal forms and imagery are reflected in these pieces as well as an abundance of patterns, textures, and shapes. This collection of hand sculpted and meticulously glazed objects creates a space where housewares exist in the realms of both the everyday and the wondrous.
VALA RAE is guided by art practices, allowing for a fluid generation of objects and ideas. Improvisational actions are relied upon in the creative process as a design for a vase or pipe may inform the shape of a unique table lamp, one idea leading unexpectedly to the next. The intention of VALA RAE is to constantly shift and evolve as a company, to exhibit pieces that are made by Vala and Counts both individually and in tandem, and to build a platform to create work that addresses the convergence of design, art, and craft.