C'EST BON . CLAY & CLOTH is the work of Cassie Brown, an artist who has created textiles, oversized crocheted toys, and decorative objects for designers like Jonathan Adler and DwellStudio in NYC. Now based in the Bay Area, her personal practice includes print, pattern, fiber, and ceramic work. She carefully hand-makes each piece in limited quantities for use in your home. She currently works out of her home studio in Oakland and room 201 at 1890 Bryant Street in San Francisco.
ABOUT THE WORK
My work is centered on essential materials and shapes, archetypal forms and basic geometries that are softened by time, use, and environment. I’m drawn to clay as one of the oldest materials with the most transformative properties. It is primary, from the earth, literal dirt. Metaphorically, it is a low material that – through human touch – can be molded and elevated into something useful or beautiful. The tension between natural and manmade, new and old, intact and broken, functional and ornamental, is always present during the making process. I draw formal and conceptual inspiration from items uncovered at archaeological digs, washed up on beaches, and locked inside tombs – sites which archive the life of objects and the people who use them. Through my work I hope to merge the routine with the ritual, and to elevate the everyday experiences of setting the table, having a cup of coffee, or arranging flowers.