Alison Owen’s Ceramic Vases Can Cheer Up Any Nook in Your Home | Architectural Digest

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Alison Owen’s ceramics are delicate but not fussy; relaxed, but not boring; colorful, but not overwhelming. They’re the kinds of things you want to display even when you’re not using them, because they’re works of art in their own right. The Brooklyn-based artist draws inspiration from all over: old art books, the Greek vases on view at The Met, domestic interior paintings by Morandi and Bonnard, even the architectural landscape of her neighborhood. Cutups and leftovers from other projects get—what she calls—cannibalized; repurposed from a previous day’s work. A few weeks into the year she found a box of old home decorating books from the ’70s on the street, a serendipitous discovery whose pages can be seen in her collages.

Yes, collages. Not all of Alison’s artwork is made of clay. She also creates installations and curates projects, soliciting submissions and collecting fragments from other artists’s work to give them a new life (think dropcloths from artists’s studios, leftover fabrics, or scraps from her students’s projects!). A lot of her art practice is community-based. She runs 30-day challenges where she’ll email out a prompt to a group of people—maybe a saying off a card from the popular art-school game Oblique Strategies, maybe just a one-sentence phrase—and catalogues the responses they send on her blog. It’s like a digital art show. In this way, much of her work can’t really be collected and hung on your wall, but we love how it she lets mediums flow together and inform her different practices.

Alison Owen’s vases are not ordinary vases.

Image courtesy of Greenpoint Hill.

Recently, Alison committed to making at least one vase a day, every day, for a year. The rules she has set for herself are pretty casual—she isn’t even holding herself to one material. She can make a traditional 3D clay vessel, paint a 2D vase, cut one from fabric, or make a collage in the likeness of a vase. It just has to be a vase. “Sometimes I’m like, ‘oh, I don’t have time for art in my life,’ but doing something like this is a good reminder that I do have the time,” she explains. “And sometimes the constraints are what made the work more interesting.”

A collage of a vase made on Day 121.

Image courtesy of Greenpoint Hill.

Image of Greenpoint Hill.

A canvas with the cutout of a vase and sewn elements; Day 238.

Image courtesy of Greenpoint Hill.

Alison’s vases from the first half of the year are now for sale and on view in a show at Greenpoint Hill in Brooklyn, but she’ll continue the project through December 31. You can follow the project on her Instagram, @alison__owen.

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