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July/August 2009


MEET THE JUDGES

Dishing On Design
By Peter Cocchia

CTC&G ASKS OUR TALENTED IDA JUDGES: WHAT DOES 'INNOVATION' MEAN TO YOU?

[Pottery Vase]

FRANCES PALMER
Frances Palmer Pottery

"Innovation today is a new, modern interpretation of classic American craft: a revived respect and interest in pottery, hooking, knitting, quilting and producing functional work with one's hands; a renaissance of growing and cooking one's food and buying from the local farmer's markets. It's the realization that home, garden and food inspire and weave together to enhance our lives every day."


CAPUCINE GOODING
Juliska

[Pewter Ceramic Bowls]

"My favorite new innovation is the Pewter Stoneware Ceramics that Juliska debuted this year. Its a collection of tableware and bakeware that offers the lustrous look and feel of pewter, but the pieces are microwave, dishwasher, oven- and freezer-safe—and half the cost of pewter."


ROSALIA SANNI – James Doyle Design Associates, LLC
[Taormina Theater] "One of the most fascinating examples of innovation that I have experienced is the Greek Theater in Taormina, Sicily. It is not only a breathtaking setting, but it also functions as an outdoor theater, even today. The ancients were able to figure out how to situate the theater in such a way to optimize acoustics, even by today's standards. In fact, a person can stand on stage talking in a normal voice, and someone in the back of the theater can hear perfectly fine."


[Ghost Chair]

CAROLINE SOLLIS
Design Consultant

"When I think of the word 'innovative,' I almost immediately think design. To me they are completely interrelated. One who is innovative looks at the world through a different lens, solving a problem or creating a product that may be based on history but, because of its design, somehow transforms it. Three innovative products that exemplify this idea come to mind. Because of their extraordinary design each has become an instant classic that merges art with technology. My 'innovation awards' go to: the Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck, the O Stemless Wine Glass by Riedel and the Blossom Chandelier by Tord Boontje for Swarovski."


PAM DAVIS
Silvermine Guild Arts Center

[Leaf #3 Sculpture]

"Innovation puts creativity to use in a compelling way. The Florence Suerig sculpture Leaf #3 began with an idea and used innovative techniques to physically execute the idea, resulting in a powerful, yet graceful, sculpture."


LYNN MORGAN – Lynn Morgan Design
[Porcelain Mortar Side Tables] The term 'innovation' means a new way of doing something—changes in thinking. Someone who comes to mind is Tucker Robbins, whose furniture line incorporates practices from tribal cottages industries without cutting a branch. His products at once embrace modern green concepts and honor the past. One of my favorite new pieces is his Porcelain Mortar Side Table. It's inspired by a 1,000-year-old form that Robbins turned into an ecologically sensitive ceramic piece. He takes mud, throws it and fires it—it's both impervious and permanent.

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