Piles Vases By Sylvie Godel

View all 9 Photos

Porcelain vases that celebrate the art of crafting by hand.

Swiss porcelain artist Sylvie Godel loves to travel the world and to reference aspects of different cultures in her work. For the Piles series, she drew inspiration from the time spent in the city of Jingdezhen, China. Renowned across the world for its porcelain industry which dates back to more than 2000 years, the city became one of the main inspirations for the Piles collection of vases. The artist used her experiences of walking through the city’s markets and workshops to find the series’ distinct look. Specifically, from the piles of bowls and plates found everywhere across the city. More than just an homage to Jingdezhen and its vibrant porcelain products, the artworks also celebrate the archetypal bowl and the primordial art of handcrafting objects.

To create the Piles vases, Sylvie Godel stacked bowls on top of each other and created plaster molds to slip cast. Finally, the exaggerated silhouettes became graceful bone china vases. The collection honors tradition and artisanal skill, concepts that become increasingly more valuable as they fade in modern times. The Piles vases also highlight the link between the beauty of the natural material and the creator’s input. Heritage and contemporary art brought together in a series that hides a deeper meaning under its delicate appearance. Photographs© Christiane Nill.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • Zallinger Refuge

    A thoughtful renovation and expansion of historical buildings in the Alps. Dating back to the…

  • Dá Licença Hotel In Portugal

    One-of-a-kind, this retreat celebrates the heritage and culture of Alentejo. During their travels, Vitor Borges…

  • The Wuyuan Skywells Hotel

    A 300-year-old traditional Chinese building transformed into a high-end hotel. Nestled in the Yan village…

  • Design Destination: Melbourne

    A complete travel guide to Melbourne, your next design destination. The cultural capital of Australia,…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(218445)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(16202)
}
            
  • Taping Faces By Elda Bellone

    An exploration of human features through a series of creative portraits. Following on the footsteps…

  • The Tool Cabinet of Curiosity

    A thought-provoking exploration of the meaning of craftsmanship. Created by designer Aaron Garlick, the Tool…

  • Waste Suprematism By Balazs Csizik

    A colorful photography series that looks at ocean pollution from a different perspective. As plastic…

  • Yuri Suzuki’s Furniture Music

    Transforming domestic noise pollution into relaxing soundscapes. Created by London-based sound artist and designer Yuri…

  • Cámara Catamaramétrica

    A floating pavilion on a lake in Mexico. Designed by Mexican architecture firm S-AR, Cámara…

  • Human Element By Collin Townsend Velkoff

    Conceptual sculptures that explore humanity’s reliance on nature. Multidisciplinary artist Collin Townsend Velkoff creates artworks…

  • The Jack Lamp Family

    A creative series that merges art and design. Portuguese designer and artist André Teoman makes…

  • Elda Bellone – Encoded Icons

    Finding the hidden digital world behind photographs. Born in Italy, architect, designer and artist Elda…

Close Cart