Saturday, December 4, 2010

Rehabilitated Dishware by Sara Cihat

As I was doing some holiday shopping I came across these plates by Sara Cihat. At first I thought they were new, then I realized they were vintage with new designs glazed over the original dish patterns.
Rehabilitated Dishware by Sarah Cihat is an exercise in sustainability that reincarnates existing products. Used or unwanted ceramics are redesigned and resurfaced then presented as new collections. Interesting designs and modern colors enliven the dish, extending its life cycle past the thrift store of overstock pile. Each piece represents a rejection of more brand new products filling shelves and storage closets. Rehabilitated Dishware is a subtle statement of the importance of recycling and the renewed value of unwanted things.

The process begins by buying disware from various second-hand stores, such as Goodwill and Salvation Army, or rummaging through the reject pile at retail stores. The dishes are then reglazed and refired.

Cihat also has a quirky porcelain line called Dirt.

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