Big Plates collection as outdoor entertaining goes large

LA-based design platform Tiwa Select presents a collection of oversized plates and platters by 13 artists and designers, exploring different craft techniques in honour of outdoor entertaining

Three golden plates hanging between trees in a forest, designed by Minjae Kim and forming part of a collection by TIWA Select
Minjae Kim’s quilted fibreglass plates, part of Tiwa Select's ‘Big Plates’ project.
(Image credit: Chris Mottalini)

Outdoor gatherings can serve up an extra-large helping of style and craft this summer; LA-based design platform (opens in new tab) Tiwa Select has centred its latest efforts on curating a collection of oversized platters, simply titled ‘Big Plates’, in honour of outdoor entertaining (opens in new tab). Featuring the creative efforts of 13 creatives, ranging from designers Simone Bodmer-Turner (opens in new tab) and Minjae Kim (opens in new tab) to former editor Deborah Needleman, and presented in a barn upstate in New York, the plates, which will also be for sale online, run the material gamut. 

‘Our first group show was around mezcal (opens in new tab) copitas (in partnership with Yola Mezcal) back in June: tiny little drinking vessels that we thought would be an interesting challenge for the artists we work with. We wanted to do the complete opposite for summer, so commissioned big plates,’ explains Tiwa Select founder Alex Tieghi-Walker. ‘Some of the dishes are over 3ft wide. While we think of plates as functional objects, some have the capacity to heighten our sensitivity to situations around us. That’s the idea behind “Big Plates”. They’re a radical rethinking of generosity: decadence not as excess, but as joyful abundance in scale. It felt fitting for this summer to create objects that take up space and hold their own kind of power, prodding for connection with the world around them and connection between the groups of people who use them.’

‘Big Plates’: variations on a theme

Pastel coloured glass dishes

‘Bented Plates’ and ‘Pointy Bowls’ by Heven. 

(Image credit: Ryan Lowry)

From woodworker Vince Skelly’s statuesque carved wooden serving plates, to Minjae Kim’s ethereal quilted fibreglass creations, the many interpretations of what can be considered a plate invite viewers to see these tableware staples in a refreshing new light. The breadth of makers included in the show, many of whom are self-taught, also throws open to discussion the idea of what constitutes design.

It felt fitting for this summer to create objects that take up space and hold their own kind of power, prodding for connection with the world around them and connection between the groups of people who use them

Alex Tieghi-Walker

‘For me, folk craft and folk art have always been kept separate from more institutional design (and art). The artists are more unknown, their work seen as more rudimentary or unrefined. It's rare for work by self-taught makers to ever reach the same canonical recognition,’ muses Tieghi-Walker. ‘But for me this type of work is perhaps design at its purest. Each one of the artists in this group is creating in response to a personal desire, or creating work on a much more intuitive level with materials that they find fascinating, or forms that they might find useful – or whimsical, which is just as important. There is a lot of soul and joy to this collection of works, and the pieces reveal a lot about the makers behind them.’

Wooden plank leaning against the wall

‘Winged Wood’ platter by Nadia Yaron, spalted maple with natural oil finish.

(Image credit: Ryan Lowry)

He continues, ‘Each artist has their own particular material or technique that they use, and that variety has created a really rich collection of objects. Our aim was to create a show with very few limitations, and a simple brief: “create an oversized platter; this plate should enable people to connect over the object, and whatever is placed on it”. Along with my co-curator, Fiona Mackay, we have patched together an assortment of makers. Seeing all their plates sit together and realising what connection means (and indeed what a plate is) for different artists was really interesting and special.’

Ranging from stoneware and ceramics to clay, glass and wood, the collection of plates is rooted in naturalism, while exuding a highly collectible quality. Each of the 13 platters has been produced in editions of four or six, and will suit any indoor or open-air gathering.

A chunky wooden platter by Vince Skelly, with a textured and chiselled motif on the surface

‘The Wood Offering’ in carved chestnut, by Vince Skelly.

(Image credit: Ryan Lowry)

Three glazed clay plates in white and brown by Matt Fishman

Three clay plates by Matt Fishman. From left: ‘Pouring Bowl’, made with poured nuka and tenmoku glazes, ‘Nuka Glazed Bowl’, featuring poured nuka and tenmoku glazes, and kintsugi repair, and ‘Tenmoku Bowl’, with black iron-bearing stone, wood ash glaze and nuka glaze accents.

(Image credit: Ryan Lowry)

A plate with cracked textured glaze by Andrée Singer Thompson

‘Plate with Lifted Edge’, by Andrée Singer Thompson.

(Image credit: Ryan Lowry)

A white plate by Simone Bodmer-Turner

‘Bisque’ platter by Simone Bodmer-Turner, featuring stoneware with bisque glaze, a textured surface with matte glaze and beeswax finish.

(Image credit: Chris Mottalini)

An oval stone plate by Nadia Yaron

Nadia Yaron’s ‘Possibilities’ plate in slate with oil finish.

(Image credit: Chris Mottalini)

A plate by Chelsey Pettyjohn featuring a silhouette of an animal with two heads in black on white background

‘Inner Monologue (Double Phantom)’, by Chelsey Pettyjohn.

(Image credit: Chris Mottalini)

Amber coloured glass plate by Dana Arbib

‘La Moretti Ambra’ plate in amber glass with white streaks by Dana Arbib. 

(Image credit: Chris Mottalini)

A round basked by Deborah Needleman

‘Basket #1’ by Deborah Needleman, in peeled willow. 

(Image credit: Chris Mottalini)

INFORMATION 

‘Big Plates’ is on show 5 – 7 August 2021
11am – 6pm daily 
 
Confirmation of attendance
studio@tiwa-select.com
 
Items will then be listed on tiwa-select.com; starting price is $500.

ADDRESS

46 White Lands Rd
Stone Ridge
NY 12484

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Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.