Last weekend, I took a client to a very interesting studio in Asheville, NC. I wanted her to meet a most delightful artist, Michael Hofman who is the owner of Hofman Studios. His hand built porcelains (and other beautiful things!) are so lovely and so unique. Each piece of his pottery is made using antique lace and his glazes dress each piece in a skin of dazzling colors. Michael’s colors often mimic precious gems, stone and weathered metals. By using porcelain, Michael says that he is able to craft pieces with a defined elegance of thinness and lightness, but the pieces have a profound structural integrity.
These pieces could certainly become a “collected tabletop” and I think they would combine beautifully with a variety of antique and vintage pieces of tabletop!
I love these cylinder vases, which Michael calls his “Baker’s Dozen”! I think they are perfect for anyone who feels they aren’t good at flowers, because a few stems of flowers or greenery would be perfect in these. Perfect on a round, square, or rectangular table, with endless arrangement combinations.
And the variety of glazes, really means that there is a lovely special color for everyone!
The delicate lace that Michael works with can even be an heirloom lace from a family member. He often does this porcelain for brides and can incorporate laces from both the bride and the groom’s family to make their special pattern.
And if you don’t have your own lace or even “tatting”, Michael has a lovely stock of such a wide array of both.
Not only is Michael an extremely talented artist, he is simply fun to work with and visit with, and “Rose” is his charming and beautiful studio companion!
Not only does Michael produce all you need to set your “collected tabletop”, his serving pieces are exquisite!
Michael is a graduate from the University of Notre Dame with a fine arts degree and then received a Masters Degree in Art from The Ohio State University. We are lucky to have had Michael in the Asheville area for the last 10 years! I invite you to visit www.livelifeartfully.com to learn more about Michael and this lovely porcelain that he designs and makes. And check out Michael’s recipes on this site!