Meet The Maker: Dana Arbib

You describe glass as your ‘principal medium at the moment’. What drew you to glass and which other craft traditions would you like to explore?


I love working in artisanal crafts that have been passed down through familial generations and have a historical geographical relevance in the country I choose to work in. I love working alongside artisans and creating work that feels both unique and personal. I’m really into the art of stone carving at the moment and just went to the library this week to research it further. My interest came from seeing Alabaster used in lighting, specifically in the French Art Deco movement. I love taking ancient techniques and using them to create modern design pieces.


“Radice” Sconce in Amber and Saffron, and “Pezzi Due” Vase by Dana Arbib, 2023; “Checkers” Rug by Beni Rugs; “Zig Zag “Dining Table by Tucker Robbins, from Somerset House


What feeling do you hope your pieces bring to their eventual owners’ homes?

I want to design pieces which feel modern but also feel like an heirloom that you would keep forever.


Could you tell us about what you are working on at the moment?

I am exploring new materials – Italy is a country that is so rich in artisanal talents and spans many different materials depending on the region you are in. I would love to try working with a new material and mixing it with glass.


“Fusto” Floor Lamp, “Radice” Amber Pendant, and “Zucca” Vase by Dana Arbib, 2023; ceramic tray by Jordan Macdonald; screen attributed to Alvar Aalto from Somerset House


How do new ideas emerge for you and what is the process for developing them into finished pieces?

I usually do a tonne of research into a specific material. When I researched Ancient Roman glass I was inspired by the colors that were used and that is where I got my palette. Researching helped me identify the possibilities of how glass can be manipulated, noting the techniques that were used to make different textures and the shapes. I then collect hundreds, sometimes thousands of references and inspiration images so I understand the material and its opportunities and limitations. I then think of a point of reference, whether it be an art movement, a vegetable, or a random image I saw and I start sketching ideas. I start out with rough 10 second sketches, then a more defined sketch, then I move onto the computer where I make renderings with precise measurements. I will then travel to a country like Italy and sit down with the artisans and explain my vision and be there while they produce it to ensure it is as close to my original idea as possible while still embracing their own hand and perspectives.


Spina Vase


Which other current artist-makers’ work do you admire?

I have so many talented friends! My friend Laila Gohar uses historical references and creates “other wordly” culinary installations which would take your breath away. She has a brand called GOHAR WORLD with her sister Nadia and they work with artisans globally to create surrealist products for your tabletop.

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Meet The Maker: Adam Weismann

How did your recently launched Claymoon Studio come to be?


This format has been in my head for many years. My fascination with clay has been an ongoing love affair. My wife and I first started working with clay as a building material through restoring ancient buildings and constructing new ones. We then focused on wall finishes in clay creating different textures and colours. I love the idea of simply being able to hang a thick piece of clay onto the wall – large format pottery as wall hangings.


Over the past few years I have been dedicating more time to making claymoon a reality. It’s a rewarding process that I feel energised by. Clay reveals itself in different ways and I like exploring this process. There are times when I just can’t wait for the pieces to dry to see how the colour or texture will reveal itself.




You have long been working with clay to create wall finishes for your brand Clayworks. How would you describe the experience of working with clay and how does your approach differ in an artistic vs a functional context?



My wife and I started working with clay in 2000 when we did an apprenticeship in ‘natural building’ in Oregon. We then moved to Cornwall, UK for a project and never left. In 2010 we started Clayworks.








I love the idea of intention when working with clay in an artistic context. When working in a functional way, I feel it’s harder to focus on putting intention into the work. When we are doing the pieces it is my intention to put ‘love’ into the work. I do this by focusing on the rhythm of music while doing the pieces and also the rhythm of the work. The rhythm helps to get into a flow and makes it a more meditative process, allowing the ‘love’ to be present in the work.


How do new ideas emerge for you and what is the process for developing them into finished pieces?



I find inspiration all around me. In the local pigments here in Cornwall, in the colours and minerals present around the world. I like looking at pottery from around the world and ancient traditions of working with clay.




You recently showed your Rammed Earth Series in the context of a James Turrell Skyspace installation. What effect did this environment have on your experience of the work? 



I have a very personal connection to the Turrell space, so it was a real honour to create a series of pieces for it. I have spent time in the space with my family and friends, creating fond memories. The vibrant greens of the gardens outside have always stuck with me when entering into the space, almost like a colour memory that is carried into the space for me. I wanted to bring in a transitioning single colour of green to reflect that feeling of bringing the outside into a space with you.




Which other current artist-makers’ work do you admire and why?


Craig Bamford from Sasa works is an inspiration to me. He puts a lot of positivity into his work – really beautiful furniture and lighting. The potter, Nancy Fuller has amazing colours and textures. Cyriaque Ambroise, an incredible craftsman that makes beautiful wooden utensils for tea ceremonies. Peter Swan’s pottery, and Felix and Jake at Many Hands for their attention to detail and love of craft.



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