Posted on 02/05/2019
Our lives are shaped by the things that we encounter every day. Influencing everything from the things that we eat, to what we wear and the objects that we put in our homes. Thinking about beauty and creativity in everyday items inspired the creation of the Artist Editions®; drawing influence from a wealth of different cultures, countries and artistic traditions, to create functional works of art that go beyond beautiful design.
Every Artist Editions® bathroom basin is handcrafted by our small dedicated team of skilled artisans in Kohler, Wisconsin, with methods that have been passed down for generations. Using distinct glazes, textured patterns and premium materials, they create decorative basins that are truly one-of-a-kind - enabling you to design a space that is as individual as you.
Based on centuries-old methods used to create fine china such as Wedgwood, we work with the leading transferware manufacturers in the world to turn our artists’ sketches into multicoloured, multi-layered patterns. With detailed precision, each pattern is hand-applied before firing, to create statement pieces like Marrakesh™ and Botanical Study™
Adorning things we value with precious metals, is a tradition long practiced in many cultures. For centuries gold and platinum have ornamented fine dinnerware. We’ve extended this practice to several Artist Editions designs such as Persia, layering gold and platinum into complex patterns for an added sense of formality and sophistication. Metallic patterns are hand-applied and kiln-fired for durability.
Empress Bouquet™ - Detail
Our textured patterns begin with meticulously carved, hand-chiselled, plaster moulds. From these, we create working moulds that produce ceramic sink castings ready to be glazed and fired. To accentuate the details of the relief pattern, we use a translucent glaze. The result is a unique visual and tactile experience. In designs like Derring®, colour pools and deepens where the pattern dips and is softer where the pattern rises creating a stunning effect.
Artist Editions® glazed basins are inspired by the techniques and materials used by artisan potters around the world. The distinct glazes are comprised of unique mineral elements that result in eye-catching surface effects.
Rooted in our daily lives, glass has a versatile, fluid nature that lends itself to artistic expression. Cast, spun, slumped or pressed – our glass sinks are made with a precision that rivals watchmaking. In a process that can take days, the glassmakers heat, pour and cool glass to capture the right form and texture, colour and translucency, shaping basins that range from smooth and sculptural like Lavinia®, to the intricate and patterned form of Briolette™.
Antilia® Wading Pool®
Widely used aboard ships because of its strength and resistance to salt water, bronze is a fitting choice for a bathroom sink. To create vessel basins such as Kamala®, we work with highly skilled craftspeople to transfer each incredibly detailed pattern from mould to casting. Each sink is smoothed and polished to a burnished living finish that deepens with character over time.
Lilies Lore® - Detail