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Isabella Reese presents their debut collection, BIRTHDAY. Celebrating their 25th birthday, Isabella is hosting an exhibition at their home studio to debut their first collection of ceramic pieces with their studio Triple Libra Ceramics. This exhibition will highlight Isabella's passion for sensual, sculptural housewares, and includes pieces in collaboration with Kaitlin Simotics, Fernando Flaquer, Greta Goldbart, Sophie Haulman, Cora Etzler, Aleah Leary, Cassie Sheedy, Filly Hernandez, and Sarah-Jane Stoll.
BIRTHDAY is about the ways in which hardness can be made tender; the parts of us which calcify and harden and how softness can respond to it. Stoneware can be seen as a means to an end, static and unable to change, a craft that is as unchanged as the way in which time passes around us. BIRTHDAY celebrates stoneware for reminding us of the softness within, the clay that became stone, the loose earth that became the clay; that humans hold the ability to take the loose parts within us and carve them into something memorable, and how it takes a period of softness in order to solidify the experiences that matter.
꧁༺ 𝓪 𝓼𝓸𝓯𝓽 𝓱𝓮𝓪𝓻𝓽 𝓶𝓪𝓽𝓽𝓮𝓻𝓼 ༻꧂
BIRTHDAY also relates to Isabella's birth as an artist, and this show in particular showcases early work of the artist. They sought to encapsulate their life's work in less than a year, a challenge that can only be tackled with the help of loving friends and collaborators. Each piece of work tells a story of a chance encounter, a creative connection that was lucky enough to be borne into an object, luckier so that it gets to be admired.
While not literally a life's worth of work, Isabella is using BIRTHDAY to celebrate the beginning of their artistic career and the life's worth of imagination, talent, and love that made it possible; to celebrate those made beloved along the way and have a good fucking party.
This exhibition features a special collection between Isabella Reese and Kaitlin Simotics, where together they forge a path between illustration and sculpture with series of vases, plates, magnets, and other housewares. These pieces were lovingly sculpted, fired, and illustrated in Brooklyn, New York.