JEFF NIMEH

PYX

This multi-component porcelain vessel is the result of a recent collaboration I shared with New York City architect, designer, and artist, Salvatore V. LaRossa.  Mr. LaRossa is a founding partner of B Five Studio, an architecture and design firm in New York City.  Examples of his work from buildings, interiors, to meticulously crafted objects can be viewed from this B Five Studio website link at (http://bfivestudio.com/partner_sl.html).

Our collaboration spanned numerous weeks exchanging design concepts between Kyoto and New York, and yielded this final piece in wheel-thrown porcelain.  The work embodies form, function, and religious symbolism to a cultural and historical context.  This porcelain construction combines the pyx with a wine drinking vessel and a wine pouring receptacle.  Mr. LaRossa is presently constructing a tabernacle made of 'thassos' stone from Greece that will house this porcelain pyx assembly. The 'Pyx Tabernacle' will become a part of a series of tabernacles he has been creating; the series can be viewed at (http://twelvetabernacles.com).  This particular 'Pyx tabernacle' will be included in a book Mr. LaRossa is due to complete in the Spring of 2014.

The porcelain form below unfolds into four components: a pouring wine vessel, a wine cup, and a container with lid (pyx).  The disassembly of the porcelain vessel will be illustrated over the coming weeks.  The working sketch hints as to how the components nest and unfold.

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