van Ivey Ceramics is a small-batch ceramic line established in 2013 by visual artist Kristen van Diggelen Sloan in San Francisco, CA. Every piece is now designed and handcrafted by Sloan in York County, SC. In addition to here ceramic line, she maintains a fine art practice including painting, drawing and sculpture.
Sloan uses a hearty stoneware clay body to craft functional heirloom ceramic wares. Wedding the rustic with the refined, she assumes the drippy glaze techniques and devious surfaces of antique French confit pots and Perigordian jugs, veiling them with a fresh Ironstone palette, modern lines and vintage detailing. Subtle asymmetry in shape, irregularity in the glaze surface, and evidence of the materiality of clay itself, are just a few of the qualities that embody her aesthetic.
“…her rustic stoneware expresses a distinctly European sensibility: monogrammed platters and cake stands, refined footed bowls and unfussy dining sets, all glazed in uncomplicated white, accents…The Old World has made an impression, both genetic and literal…” – Alison Clare Steingold for C Home Magazine
Kristen van Diggelen Sloan has a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, a BA in Visual Art from UCLA, and has exhibited her work locally and nationally. She lives and works in York County, SC.