TWO artists, with ONE aim: to hand-produce an evolving line of porcelain tableware, with both an eye for design and a dedication to skilled craftsmanship. David Eichelberger and Elisa Di Feo have developed TWO | ONE Ceramics as a way to bring their sensibilities of one-of-a-kind, hand-made tableware into the arena of contemporary ceramic design.
Acting as artists, designers, makers, and technicians, David and Elisa have a uniquely broad skill set, and aim to make TWO | ONE Ceramics a bridge between industrial design and fine craft. Sketches lead to prototypes, then to molds, small-scale production, glaze development, firing strategies, image generation, and final finishing. Every step of this process is done by David and Elisa, and every object is treated as unique.
As a result of the hands-on nature of the work, TWO | ONE Ceramics makes objects that are siblings to each other, not clones. We celebrate the subtle differences and varied results we get from our working methods, and appreciate that each individual piece is a slight variation on the themes of our line.
Our ideas begin with the important moments in our lives: shared time around the table, nourishing ourselves and renewing our spirits; the daily rituals of coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon; the beautification of our environment and the act of “making things special”. We start with our thoughts in those places, and develop forms to augment and contribute to the experiences so important to our well-being.
I explore and utilize a wide variety of mediums. I have three basic states of process: looking or collecting, planning or designing and finally making. When I look and collect I explore resources from the internet to antique stores. I gather images as well as objects. I never truly stop looking, but when I feel satisfied with my current findings I begin to draw. I sketch out surface designs and forms in full color and often several times before I make a single object. Drawing and painting allow me to experiment with color and pattern in way that feels less permanent giving me total freedom to explore.
Making work is most satisfying when I have a precise plan – when I have already made my decisions I feel more joy and confidence in the creation. Because my often complicated surface designs have been practiced on paper, I am allowed to truly enjoy watching my images come to life on clay as a sculptural canvas.
I am a potter. I intend my work to be used. I strive to address the subjects of presentation, utility, beauty, and craft in my work. Although I seek to make work that stands on its own, I feel that a piece is not truly complete until it is in use. The pot and its contents should exist symbiotically, each elevating the other to heighten the enjoyment of the meal.
In my current body of work, I am decorating the pots with layers of text. The text is a decorative element, as well as a record of my communication with the object. The words that I record on the surface of the pot are those that I would like to say to the pot as it begins its life. I believe pots become alive though use, as they bear witness to the life of the user. The words I communicate to the pots give them their first breath of life, which I can only hope will be nourished by the next owner.
I’m a storyteller at heart. Over the course of my career I have journeyed from weaving to ceramics, fabric collage, artist books, and painting as a vehicle for my tales. Cloth, thread, paper, color and pattern have been constant connectors through the years. My conviction that our greatest rewards often come from simple, everyday objects and moments is a recurring theme. Communicating with people through the objects I make continues to be the primary and sustaining focus of my work. I received my BA from Rhodes College. Since that time I have continued my education at Rhode Island School of Design, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Penland School of Crafts where I was a Resident Artist 2008-2011.
Danny Crocco has exhibited and lectured on his work around the world. His work has been shown in Koji Pottery Museum, Chiayi, Taiwan; Spartanburg Art Museum; Columbia Museum of Art; Artifacts Gallery Tasmania, Australia; Xalapa, México, as well as numerous regional, national, and international shows. Crocco currently resides in Columbia SC where he is finishing a MFA in ceramics and teaches beginning ceramics at the University of South Carolina.
David Gray (b. 1970) acquired a strong foundational education in art while obtaining his BFA from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. His art education has continued with independent and occasional formal studies in pictorial expression and oil painting. The resulting work reveals a personal and contemporary expression of beauty and order which pays homage to the Classical Tradition in its craftsmanship. David’s paintings have earned several national awards and his career has been covered by major art publications including Southwest Art, Art of the West, and American Art Collector. David’s works are included in many discriminating private art collections throughout the United States and abroad.