During my MA in Asian Art History I spent many happy hours at the British Museum sketching Song dynasty ceramics and Yuan and Ming porcelain. I pursued this passion during a stint at the Oriental Department of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, and for several years at Christie's in London. But the most fun began when I joined the London-based company de Gournay: I traveled to Jingdezhen, the birthplace of porcelain in Jiangxi Province, set up a studio, hired artisans and started designing and producing porcelain dinner services and objects after the taste of 18th century Europe. Over time the types of ceramics, shapes and glazes evolved, and I set up my own company with a group of Chinese friends in Jingdezhen. This is the story of Keramis.
In 2018 I was privileged to work with the curators at the Freer/Sackler Gallery for Asian Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, to help restore James McNeill Whistler's spectacular Peacock Room to its former glory. The Peacock Room was originally designed for the shipping magnate Frederick Leyland in late 19th century London. The fighting peacocks represent the contested values of art and money.
Leyland filled the room with Kangxi blue and white porcelain. Following his death in 1892, his entire art collection, including the ceramics, was sold at auction. After Charles Lang Freer acquired the room, he filled its shelves with ceramics from all over Asia. A reinstallation of the room took place in May 2019. The Museum commissioned me to manufacture almost 100 pieces of Kangxi style porcelain in Jingdezhen to match Leyland’s original collection. Peacock Room link