Beatriz Ball releases new collection in collaboration with Louisiana ceramicist

Beatriz Ball has collaborated Louisiana-based ceramicist Gretchen Murchison to produce its newest collection, Bloom.

Rendered in the company’s signature sand-cast metal alloy and in melamine, Bloom includes sculptural bowls and platters inspired by floral and botanical forms. It will debut beginning in January during the Las Vegas Market, Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and NY Now.

“I had seen some of Gretchen’s work in ceramics, and was blown away,” says Beatriz Ball, creative director and designer for the company that bears her name. “Flowing and organic, her aesthetic is very simpatico with my own. I was so excited when she agreed to collaborate on some new designs for us.”

Traditionally crafted in clay, Murchison’s Bloom designs feature petal-like movement across organic forms, meant to signify growth and change.

“I prefer working in clay for its flexibility and strength,” says Murchison. “It is a joyous challenge to create pieces that are sturdy, supple and voluminous. I enjoy designing vessels that bring together functionality and beauty, vessels that are graceful and possess great strength.”

As much as Ball says she admires Murchison’s work, she did say that seeing them in metal was a risk as she had to wait and see if the designs would convey the same meaning in a new material.

To make each piece of from the Blossom collection, artisans in Ball’s Mexico-based foundry pour molten aluminum alloy into individual sand molds and hand polish each item to create a deep lustrous finish.

“More than twelve different sets of hands are involved in the creation of each metal piece,” says Ball. “The result of this intensely handmade process is a product with a depth of character, warmth and personality that communicates in a way that only a handmade piece can.”

Adelaide “Addie” Elliott is an associate editor focusing on retail coverage for Furniture Today and Casual Living. Previously, she also served as the web editor for both those brands and Designers Today. Before being promoted in May 2019 to web editor, Adelaide worked as Furniture Today’s editorial intern for a year. Get in touch with her on Twitter at @AElliott_Writes or by email at aelliott@designerstoday.com.