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"Vala Rae"

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Vala Rae

Emily Counts and Jessie Rose Vala

June 22, 2018, through August 5, 2018

Opening reception: Friday, June 22, 2018, from 6-8 PM

Dust to Dust is open Sunday-Tuesday from 12-7 PM & Thursday-Saturday from 12-9 PM

Appointment based on Wednesdays


A collaborative installation and brand launch by Jessie Rose Vala and Emily Rae Counts.

Dust to Dust presents VALA RAE, an exhibition highlighting one-of-a-kind functional ceramic pieces created by Jessie Rose Vala and Emily Rae Counts. VALA RAE is a unique housewares production company that blurs the lines between; art and design, routine and ritual, and functional and fantastical objects. Many of the pieces focus on light and fire, a reflection on the hearth, once the center of the home.

The VALA RAE inaugural exhibition features an oversized lovers’ bong, pendant lights, lamps, chimera-inspired table pipes, cast porcelain pipes, candle holders, and vases. Animal forms and imagery are reflected in these pieces as well as an abundance of patterns, textures, and shapes. This collection of hand sculpted and meticulously glazed objects create a space where housewares exist in the realms of both the every day and the wondrous.

VALA RAE is guided by art practices, allowing for a fluid generation of objects and ideas. Improvisational actions are relied upon in the creative process as a design for a vase or pipe may inform the shape of a unique table lamp, one idea leading unexpectedly to the next. The intention of VALA RAE is to constantly shift and evolve as a company, to exhibit pieces that are made by Vala and Counts both individually and in tandem, and to build a platform to create work that addresses the convergence of design, art, and craft.

More information about the exhibition can be found here.