Sol LeWitt (1928 – 2007) has been the subject of hundreds of solo exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide since 1965.
His prolific two and three-dimensional work ranges from wall drawings, over 1100 of which have been executed, to photographs and hundreds of works on paper and extends to structures in the form of towers, pyramids, geometric forms, and progressions. LeWitt helped revolutionize the definition of art in the 1960s with his famous notion that “the idea becomes a machine that makes the art.”
Beginning with a simple series of plates designed for use in his home in Italy in the early 1980’s, the artist adapted several of his serial geometric forms to the format of hand-painted Italian maiolica as dinnerware, tableware and decorative tiles.
The Star dinnerware (1984) is available in four colors, and is sold in sets of 8 plates with the series of stars from 3 to 10 points. In addition to the 11” dinner plate, 9 ¾” pasta/soup plate, and the 8 ¾” salad plate, there are three serving pieces: a large 12” bowl, a medium 10” bowl and a 13” round platter.
Further collaboration with the ceramic artisans of Deruta, Italy, led to the development of two series of cake plates: lines in four directions with black or white lines (1984) and a curved lines design (2005) in either black on grey or blue on white. Each piece has a stamped signature with copyright on the bottom. All dinnerware is lead-free and dishwasher safe.
Decorative tiles are available in several of these designs as well as others on a to-order basis for installations in kitchens, bathrooms, pools, etc.
The artisans in Deruta, Italy continue a tradition of crafting ceramics stretching back over 600 years. A clay form is fired and then glazed with a base coat before being hand painted with bright colored designs and fired again. The same family of artisans has been creating the ceramics designed by Sol LeWitt for over 30 years.