July 2, 2021
Two Designers Lean Into Craft
Brite Bodies’ plasterwork tables and Tracy Glover’s handblown glass lighting emphasize the material and the method.
Krista Sharif and Kate Hayes, founders of this Atlanta-based studio, share an interest in playful old-world objects that showcase their affinity for plasterwork. Launched this May, their exuberant first collection features 11 pieces inspired by sources as disparate as punk fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and the geometry of celestial motifs. “We sought to create energetic, adventurous, and inclusive designs that stir the senses and soul. Given the unusual times we’re living in, the aim of the collection was to captivate and transport,” says Hayes. “It’s intentionally unidentifiable in time.”
For a truly global perspective on glassblowing, consider Tracy Glover’s experience: The Rhode Island School of Design alum honed her craft in the crystal factory of a 13th-century Belgian convent and Dale Chihuly’s Pilchuck Glass School, where she was mentored by Venetian maestri-in-residence. Her own collection of lighting includes an array of table and floor lamps, pendants, and sconces, but was conceived as a system to allow flexible combinations of base and shade, or other components.
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