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Laura Zindel Ceramics
DESIGN
Laura Zindel Ceramics
Exquisitely-rendered tarantulas, bird eggs, and bumblebees with dishware as canvas
by Maggie York-Worth
on 15 March 2010
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Drawn with careful, scientific precision, Laura Zindel's insect imagery adds a creepy Victorian-era touch to her expertly-crafted ceramics. The highly detailed, all-black renderings of spiders on dinner plates and scarab beetle on saucers show her gifts for illustration and well-made tableware alike.

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Incorporating an array of animals and plants, Luna moths, bees, tarantulas, dragonflies, ladybugs and birds all get her painstakingly loving treatment. Zindel's taste for symmetry also lends refined complexity; on a large pasta bowl adorned with snakes, their mirrored curving bodies create a gorgeously ornate pattern.

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Like the Harvard Museum of Natural History's collection of biologically exacting glass flower specimens, made with breathtaking detail, Zindel's work makes the audience rethink both the subject and material.

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Seattle shop Blackbird now carries Zindel's work at their recently-opened The Field House (the general store of the 21st century). Zindel's work can also sells from Blackbird's online shop and a selection of prints reflecting her insect sensibilities are available from her site.

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