Magenta’s wholesale ceramics and home decor items are the visions of the talented artists who design them.
Rae Dunn grew up in California and now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial Design and worked in graphics and fashion design for many years before discovering clay, which has now been her passion since 1994. Rae currently has a line of wares that is sold nationwide. Her inspiration comes from the earth and she finds beauty in simple shapes, natural forms and found objects. Her utilitarian approach to designing ceramics is strongly based on the Japanese aesthetic of wabisabi; the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. Her work captures the simplicity and playfulness that are the cornerstones of her own life. Built entirely by hand, Rae’s work often elicits a physical response, asks to be touched and provides a sense of reassurance that we have our feet on the ground. You will find text incorporated in her work, which lends a higher level of meaning and point of view to her creations. Rae designs her collection in her San Francisco studio using white stoneware. All functional pieces are food and dishwasher safe. In addition to serving your everyday needs, Rae Dunn’s ceramics stand alone as works of art.
Brenda Holzke, designer for Studio B., combines her love of color and texture to create fresh and unique designs. With a passion for anything classically unusual, traditional looks are often updated with a modern twist. Her strongest inspiration is drawn from the vast world of fashion. The final results of this are ceramic designs with combinations of pattern and color that strongly resemble textiles. As a self taught ceramic artist, Brenda is not bound by limitations, and is always finding unique ways of interpreting clay through experimentation. Having worked as an advertising Art Director for many years, she understands the importance of combining beautiful visuals with solid concepts. Functional style is always a priority, so even the most decorative items are always food safe. Her diversified collections can be displayed several ways, allowing many pieces to easily be grouped together, or showcase beautifully on their own.
The small and subtle beauty found in the natural world is the inspiration for the ceramics created by Whitney Smith Pottery. Whitney creates eye-catching pottery by using clay as the medium to interpret the multiple layers of an blossoming lotus flower. The result pottery that is both useful and creatively captures the beauty and function that is inherent in nature.
As an artist, Bridget Parris has spent her career dividing her time between her two greatest interests, Fine Arts and Design. For her, the two paths often intersect. Profoundly inspired by the tradition of porcelain manufacture steeped in 18th century European traditions, she looks to this era for her greatest source of inspiration. On her many trips to France, Bridget has traveled to numerous chateaus, palaces and museums to research Decorative Arts historical pieces that serve as a starting point for her work. Her historical re-interpretations are at times effusively beautiful and at others modern and sophisticated. History, research, narrative and storytelling remain at the heart of her work.
With a long-standing history in designing Tabletop, Gift and Decorative Accessories, Bridget Parris has worked as a Designer and Consultant for many years. From 2004-2007 she held a creative staff position as Designer for Anthropologie Stores. In the Summer of 2009, she completed an Artist Residency as an Open Studios Artist at the Museum of Arts and Design. Her work has been featured in House Beautiful, Oprah’s O Home Magazine, In-Style Home, Real Simple, Timeout New York, and Domino Magazines. Bridget Parris lives and works in New York.
Lighten Up Designs
Lisa Goldberg, designer of LightenUp Design, believes that everyone deserves unique art and liberation from the uniformity of mass-produced objects. A fashion conscious woman who watches the catwalks closely, Lisa incorporates the latest trends, silhouettes and colors from the runway into home décor and tabletop. Her unique creations effortlessly blend function with the power of pop culture and a bit of rock and roll. Lisa is also a traditionalist, inspired by her great-grandmothers’, grandmothers’, and mother’s wonderful collections of china, crystal and silver patterns. She effortlessly combines those traditional antique pieces with a modern twist. She often uses antique or vintage objects as inspiration, and recycles those objects by combining organic materials, simple forms and elegant color palates to create her unique designs. Growing up in Canton, Ohio, Lisa couldn’t wait to get out, and moved to New York City as soon as she was able. After completing a BFA degree from University of Washington, moving to NYC and working for many years in advertising/marketing, she left the corporate world and began to create her designs. She now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.