Kristin Nelson, Kri Kri, kri kri studio

Kri Kri at work

VIT ceramics are produced at Kri Kri Studio in Seattle. The designer and artist, Kristin Nelson, earned her degree in ceramic sculpture from the University of Washington and has been working in clay ever since graduating.

VIT, say,"veet", is Swedish for "white". Nelson also studied in Sweden and speaks Swedish, so the name seemed natural for her range detailed with thin, white stripes. VIT ceramics focuses on form rather than pattern and is available in a variety of colors including black and white, The sensibility is Scandinavian, practical yet soft and grew from a desire to simplify.

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VIT lamp bases are made in the same white clay body as original Kri Kri. Nelson returns to her roots as a sculptor  using the ancient coil and pinch technique to create organic modern forms. From each original shape a plaster mold is made and multiples are cast. Painting the bases by hand and applying thin white stripes of thick glaze adds another layer of texture and ensures that each piece is unique.

The lamps are finished with high quality hardware and vintage style twist cords. A variety of  simple neutral shades are available from the web store or one one can custom order a handmade in rice paper from Insatiable Studios. A collection of handmade finials is now in proto typing stage. Finials will be added to the web store soon.

lamp finial, birds, white

I now offer handmade finials. Freshen up an old lamp or personalize a generic one.

VIT ceramics vases range from small bud vases to larger vessels. Considerable thought has gone into the available colors to ensure that they harmonize with flowers and foliage as well with eachother. Kristin has combined colors to create warm, bright and cool sets of three bud vases. There is something for every mood and setting.

VIT ceramics, handmade porcelain tableware,

VIT tableware is Nelson's first foray into porcelain and is more durable than the low fire clay she has worked in for years producing Kri Kri ceramics. The five modern dinnerware pieces include a dinner plate, salad plate, small bowl, large bowl and mug. Like the lamps and vases, each piece has been hand formed and then a mold is made. One can see the artist's hand in the subtly textured surface of  the resulting dishes. VIT ceramics tableware is dishwasher safe; suitable for everyday use. Nelson finds it stimulating and refreshing to be moving in a new direction with porcelain. This collection is not available at the moment.

Kristin says, "Through my ceramics, I aim to bring warmth and beauty into the home with handmade objects made carefully and thoughtfully."

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