Over the past year, I have begun to work more with artist, Margie Bibb Johnson. Margie is from Spartanburg, South Carolina who is an excellent ceramicist and friend. She sculpts beautiful magnolia blossoms out of porcelain. I have some of her works available in my studio and gallery at Riverview Station in the River Arts District.
We have worked together on a few collaborations recently, of which we both have been very pleased. The simple elegance of the magnolia blossom, paired with hand-woven natural materials has resulted in some beautiful finished pieces. Art baskets and fine ceramics complement each other and make a stand-out sculpture for the home.
Just last week, I travelled to Charlotte, North Carolina to deliver our latest collaborative sculpture. We created a two-sided sculptural center-piece for our client’s home. With a mixture of both contemporary and traditional accents in this home, our piece reflects classic, traditional beauty with contemporary style.
We have developed several other collaborations together lately for different spaces in the home. This tabletop style can serve as a centerpiece to tables, like shown above, or on chests to accent your home. Margie an I have also made a piece together meant to rest up in bookshelves.
We create these pieces upon commission, so if you are interested in incorporating one of these pieces into your home, feel free to stop by the studio, or contact me!
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Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.