About Lustered Walnut
Luxe MagaZine Bio:
Perrin-McGraw acts as the lead ceramicist and painter. Meanwhile Turek makes forms and molds, often using CAD software to create a consistent profile across a collection, allowing dishes to nest onto larger platters, for example, or to calculate the shrinkage that occurs during the firing process. Instead of working with blocks of semi-moist clay, the couple relies on slip casting, a process where liquefied clay is poured into a plaster mold. “It’s often used as a massproduction method,” Perrin-McGraw says, “but that’s not the case in our studio.”
After the first firing in the kiln, the pieces might be painstakingly hand-decorated with pencil by Turek (he describes the experience as meditative–at least when he’s not listening to RadioLab podcasts), or Perrin-McGraw might splatter the ware with a liquid resist and then dip it into a glaze formulated to resemble indigo dye. After the last firing, the matte non-porous surfaces are sanded until they take on the smoothness of polished marble. “We designed our line to be clean and contemporary while remaining warm and inviting,” notes Perrin-McGraw. The result is a balance between the careful, tight repetition of Turek’s drawings and the looseness and organic feel of Perrin-McGraw’s finishes.
“The original idea was for Lustered Walnut to eventually become a full home goods line with wood and ceramic pieces,” Turek says. At the moment, the duo are a little closer to that goal. Perrin-McGraw has been working on some thrown and hand-built forms to bring a sense of movement and texture to the collection. They’re also prototyping lighting and tile designs. “There’s a great satisfaction in having a vision, materializing it and then seeing it used by people in the world,” Turek says.
Lustered Walnut wares are slip cast using molds and positives we design and fabricate. All wares are pattered and/or painted by hand. No decals or stencils are used.
We slip cast in small batches and aim to keep the memory of the process evident in the final product by the soft undulating surface of the interiors and rims of the pieces.
Plates and platters are fully glazed while tumblers and mugs are glazed in the interior, exterior rim, and handle (when applicable).
Instead of using porcelain, we use stoneware.
Strong and durable, stoneware's history reminds us of rustic country homes, comfort, and family dinners. The particular type of stoneware we use has an ivory colored clay body with small flecks of brown reminiscent of rich french vanilla ice-cream. This warm base contrasts with the stark geometric forms and complements the hand-drawn, subtly undulating graphite-like lines which decorate the wares
Our work strikes a delicate balance between modern, inviting, and playful while remaining functional, sophisticated and timeless.
With this line we hope to have created a comfortable and sophisticated line of ware for your next friends and family gathering.
Our core line of wares are dishwasher and microwave safe. The only exception is if you have purchased wares with metallic luster, these are hand-wash only.
The stoneware is very dense and strong. Though we have not had any problems with staining; we suggest rinsing after use and ensure wares are not soaked in dirty water, red wine, or coffee over night.