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party-ready porcelain

April 29, 2015

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Porcelain artist Rachel K. Garceau has reinvented the relish tray for today’s modern table.

The artist: Grew up in Goshen, Conn. After graduating from Franklin Pierce College (NH), Garceau continued her ceramic education through studio assistantships, workshops, and residencies at various studios, schools, and museums, from Maine to Denmark. In 2013, she completed a two-year fellowship at Penland School of Crafts (NC) before heading to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Tenn) as an artist-in-residence. For now, find her at the Goat Farm Arts Center, 1200 Foster St., in Atlanta.

The goods: Utilitarian porcelain objects, such as cups and service items ($12 to $210); decorative objects, such as wall tiles ($120) and large-scale, environmental sculptures and installations ($1,200 to $2,600).

What’s popular: Small, curvy cups ($30). Perfect for wine, a whiskey on the rocks or an espresso, the cups have a simple elegance and are available in a variety of color combinations. Also, her life-size porcelain umbrellas ($1,200), which can be seen at Atlanta’s Mammal Gallery, 91 Broad St., until May 8. (See See them pictured below).

Surprise hits: Walnut salt cellar ($12). Shaped like half of a walnut shell, the cellar is white and shiny on the inside with a matte textured exterior in white, gray, and black tones. Also, the porcelain booties ($80).

Big break: Recognized as a 2015 Emerging Artist at the annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Providence, RI.

Claim to fame: Made cups that were used to serve cocktails to the Board of Directors of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York

Where to buy: www.rachelkgarceau.com. In the Atlanta area, find the complete relish tray ($140) or purchase parts at the Preserving Place, 1170 Howell Mill Road (www.preservingplace.com). Other functional pieces can be found at the Crafted Westside Pop-Up Shop, 1100 Howell Mill Road, and the new Crafted Avalon Pop-Up Shop, 2200 Avalon Blvd. in Alpharetta.

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