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S h a g r e e n   C o l l e c t i o n

The Shagreen collection celebrates the subtle coloring and distinctive pebbled texture of natural shark and ray leather. Inspired by oil spot glazes that originated in China during the Song Dynasty, a two-step glaze process uses minerals to create an interplay of shimmery and matte effects. A striking complement to the graceful Carillon vessel sink, the rich glazed finish shows iridescent pearly tones and a gently granulated texture similar to leather. Each sink's pattern, formed through an organic process, is unique.

These signature glazes and color ways were formulated and designed by Carrie Hack using her knowledge of ceramic glaze processes and materials. The intent of this project was to match the shagreen leather aesthetic within the durable medium of ceramics to provide a subtle yet beautiful decorative solution for the Artist Editions portfolio.  The glazes were then brought into manufacturing by the Kohler advanced vitreous development team.  


Installation designed by Derik Castiglioni featured at the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi during Milan Design week 2017.

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