Michelle Dziak Ceramics

On every level, Michelle Dziak’s work with clay honors its origins. An intimate relationship to the Earth is present in her hand building process, her forms and textures, and her preferred finishing technique: wood firing. As an active, joyous participant in the wood firing community, Dziak celebrates ceramics as it relates to people. She views her art as an homage to human history and as a mode of connecting with ourselves through the Earth.

Each piece represents a conversation between artist and medium. “It’s kind of an adventure, kind of a puzzle, kind of a dialogue,” Dziak says, when talking about what draws her to ceramics. She may approach a piece with her own idea to communicate, but the clay often takes her in it’s own direction. “I do not necessarily feel responsible for what ends up happening,” she says serenely. “I’ll push those edges quite far.”

Michelle Dziak

The Upcycled Home

Up-Cycled Occasional Lounge Chair

Upcycling is the process of repurposing existing materials, rather than manufacturing new ones, in order to create an entirely new product with added value. Like recycling, this process reduces waste by keeping sturdy materials like metal, glass, rubber, and vinyl out of landfills and put to good use again.

With roots in the artistic tradition of found objects, upcycling has always been an intentional choice by the artist. It elevates the purpose and status of items typically considered trash. As a result, artist and patron can both participate in a political statement in support of environmentally sound practices.

The artisan craftsmanship inherent in these pieces is unmistakable. Rather than hiding the “old life” of scrap materials, they are thoughtfully reimagined as the centerpiece. The stories that accompany upcycled products are more evident, as the creative adaptations of materials are prominently featured.

Exclusively at Donjenna, we have a fabulously curated section of products that proudly feature this unique process. From tables and benches to lighting fixtures, these pieces add an unexpected element to your space while keeping the overall style light and contemporary. Check out some key pieces below.

 

Up-cycled Tread Bench

The Recycler’s Tread Bench uses bicycle rims, sprockets, and heavy duty tire tread to create a one-of-a-kind outdoor bench. Browse more of his stunning designs here.

Cycled-Up Glass Pendant

Artist Kathleen Plate composes each elegant pendant light by hand using recycled glass.

Cyclasurous Dinosaur Desk Sculpture

This whimsical dinosaur desk sculpture, fashioned from bicycle chains, is another hit from The Recycler.

 

donjenna is an exclusive source for bespoke and handcrafted art décor. We cross the globe to create partnerships with previously undiscovered artisans. From our robust e-commerce gallery, we display and sell superior quality modern and contemporary items to discerning interior designers, architectural firms, and consumers.

10 Pieces That Pop With Color

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Looking for some ways to turn up the color in your space? Get bold and experiment! Below is just a sample of items at Donjenna that enliven any interior.

1. Antica Firenze Roberto Footed Bowl in Verde

Roberto Footed Bowl Verde

Fortunata Fine Italian Ceramics produces breathtaking designs that merge classical forms with rustic details, tied together in warm, vibrant hues.

2. A+ Player Lounge Chair in Citron

A+ Player Lounge Chair

B. Pila’s line of fun luxury furniture gives your space a playful edge. The acrylic base of this bespoke lounger elevates its modern form.

3. Buon Appetito 5 Piece Place Setting in Sea Blue

Buon Appetito Sea Blue 5pc Place Setting

The Buon Appetito Series by Fortunata features bold designs softened by natural features, thanks to skilled artisan handiwork.

4. Neon S Floor Lamp

S Floor Lamp

On or off, a neon floor lamp injects fun and vitality into any space. The S Lamp above boasts pink and orange lights.

5. King Puck Wall Sculpture

King Puck Wall Sculpture

This tounge-in-cheek mounted wall sculpture by Stray Dog Design is a small detail that creates a delightful moment in a contemporary dwelling.

6. Lowery Metallic Linen Pillow

Lowery Metallic Linen PillowPiper Collection pillows feature metallic linen and unexpected textures in striking, youthful prints. The Lowery, seen above, is particularly stunning example.

7. Brandeis Blue Lounge Chair

Brandeis Blue Lounge Chair

This gorgeous structural armchair, in rich Brandeis blue velvet, adds gravitas without taking itself too seriously.

8. Ann Architectural Floor Lamp

ANN FLOOR LAMP

The modern form of the Ann Architectural Floor Lamp elevates function into art. A bold red lampshade completes the look.

9. Acrylic X Bench in Tangerine

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The airy Acrylic base of the X Bench makes the tufted tangerine cushion appear to float. Classical stylings and playful details make this piece fun and sophisticated.

10. Amber Cycled-Up Glass Pendant Light

Amber Cycled-Up Glass Pendant

Individually fired, hand-stacked rings create a unique pendant light. Artist Kathleen Plate uses recycled glass in her stunning, contemporary design.

 

donjenna is an exclusive source for bespoke and handcrafted art décor. We cross the globe to create partnerships with previously undiscovered artisans. From our robust e-commerce gallery, we display and sell superior quality modern and contemporary items to discerning interior designers, architectural firms, and consumers.