Melbourne artist Sarah Nedovic Gaunt has launched a new collection of sculptural ceramics in time for your summer holiday redecorating spree. Following her lauded collection of sculptural lamps, Nedovic Gaunt has released a limited series of ceramic candleholders embracing the calming, ritualised nature of candlelight, figurative form and design, and the enduring character of clay.
Finding inspiration in the wintry, reflective mood of Melbourne's extended period of isolation, the idiosyncratic pieces speak to Nedovic Gaunt’s personal experience of ritualising the use of candles at home. The truly original collection of candleholders – fit for waxen pillars from Diptyque to Drake – evoke a sense of calmness and a glowing ambience that has been missed from the outside world.
The collection merge the worlds of function and art; resulting in objects that are substantive design pieces in their own right. A notable mention in the limited series of handmade holders is the Maya Candle Set. Drawing inspiration from Ukranina-born, American experimental filmmaker, Maya Deren, the set's intriguing design is distinguished by its unique stone/clay composite, complimentary shape and unmissable detailing.
Taking from abstract, figurative sculpture — including that of Jacques Lipchitz — Nedovic Gaunt ceramics marry a love of balance and shape with a passion of natural materials, with finger and tool markings left bare on the artist’s work (alongside imperfections in the soil) showcasing a respect for the provenance and character of the clay and craft.
Beginning her ceramics journey in 2018, Nedovic Gaunt has forever been drawn to the timeless nature of her chosen art form. She embraces every step of the process; welcoming the imperfections and undone character of each piece. As evidenced through both her lamp collection and her most recent series of candleholders, each design is accompanied by its own artful signature – jagged shapes, smooth curves, and a palette of timeless colourways.