2019 September

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September’s favorite finds


“My son bought me Possibilities, the Herbie Hancock autobiography for Father's Day. It's such an incredible book about his life and journey. It's been resonating with me since I read it. Some of my all time favorite books are Nine Stories by Salinger, Infinite Jest by D.F. Wallace, In Praise of Shadows by Tanizaki, Kind of Blue by Kahn, Why Art?, Design as Art by Munari, Turn by Anne Truitt to name a few.” - BRIAN ALFRED

"My latest book discovery: Entryways of Milan. Fav of all times: Sottsass by Phillipe Thome” - SAVVAS LAZ

"The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again” - KATE FRIZALIS

"My latest discovery was De Oroliga (‘Unquiet’) by Linn Ullman, a biography and beautiful portrait of an unusual childhood with her parents, the famous Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullman.
However, since I'm currently obsessing over clay, all my other recent books been about pottery and ceramics; The Ceramics Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques, CLAY by Suzanne Staubach and Urban Potters: Makers in the City. I pick up some new skills through books and YouTube videos but mostly through trial and error, I find there are so many “rules” in ceramics that I somehow always tend to break.
One of my favorite books is probably South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami, intensely romantic and will always stay close to my heart. My husband gave me a copy of this book when we just started dating. I met him in Brazil at a time I was currently living and working in Shanghai - so, I read this book on my flight back to China and it probably made me fall even deeper in love with him.
Another fave is Egenmäktigt förfarande (Willful disregard) by Swedish novelist Lena Andersson, a wonderful book about a woman willing to destroy her life for a man who barely acknowledges her.” - HANNA ENGLUND

"Lately I’ve been devouring Eve Babitz’s books. I’ve read Sex and Rage, Slow Days, Fast Company and just finished Eve’s Hollywood. Just recently I began A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor.
My favorite books of all time would have to be: Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker, Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham, The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison, Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger, Miss Lonelyhearts / The Day of the Locust by Nathaniel West, The Ice Storm by Rick Moody, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Washington Square by Henry James, Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill” - GIGI ROSE GRAY


"Latest book discovery: Serotonin by Michel Houllebecq. Favorite books: Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, The Grass Harp by Truman Capote, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers” - CONRAD JON GODLY

"The last book that I discovered was George Gurdjieff's Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson. My favorite book for all time is The Castle by Franz Kafka.” - MINAS HALAJ

Knulp and Demian from Herman Hesse are my all time favorites. Lately I’ve been into Kawabata, Murakami and other Japanese writers.” - ANDRES AROCHI

"Just bought a great recipe book by Ottolenghi called Simple, really like it. Favorite book just too many, next to art books I love to read Murakami and Dutch writers like Arnon Grunberg and Tommy Wieringa.” - MARLEEN SLEEUWITS

“My favourite book of all time is The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. I read it almost every year and studied Russian based on my love of that book. It's a bit obsessive I know, but I've never read a novel like that before. It somehow manages to be absolutely everything you could possibly want a book to be and more.
Now my book choices are all to do with clay, currently I'm reading a biography of Hans Coper, alongside a really exciting essay by Soetsu Yanagi called The Beauty of Everyday Things. It's getting me really juiced up about the importance of what I do.” - LILY PEARMAIN

"Art Autrement from Jan Laurens Siesling” - VALENTIN ABAD

"A book I discovered by accident - Agnes Martin by Henry Martin. I left a book on the plane on the way to Miami last year and after a couple of days of having nothing to read I couldn't take it any more I had to get another book. The joy of going into an independent book shop is the staff and Books & Books in South Beach has amazing staff, they recommended the Agnes Martin book. It's amazing book, so fascinating. I've recently finished The Confessions of Frannie Langton - again recommend by someone in a book shop and again I left it on a plane, it's so good I had to buy a new copy as I had to finish it.
My favourite book of all time - The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle - a classic personal development book, being in the now is always a goal.” - CLAIRE BREWSTER

"GRM: Brainfuck, Roman by Sybille Berg. All time classic is this one from Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita.” - JULIA HEUER


"Recently I 'm reading Ordinary World, which is a novel by Chinese author Lu Yao. It consists of three volumes with a total of 1.1 million Chinese characters. In 1991, it won the Mao Dun Literature Prize and was honored with the title "a bright pearl of the Mao Dun Literature Prize crown".
Favorite books: The Thorn Birds by Jean-Christophe” - JINYA ZHAO

"I’m currently reading All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, I'm a sucker for historical fiction. All time favourites being a good Jane Austen. I also have a soft spot for fantasy, recent reads being The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss. Whether this comes from an undying love for Harry Potter or just a want for books to take me somewhere unknown whether that be the past or another world Im not sure.” - ELIZA GOSSE

“I am currently reading Where There's Love, There's Hate by Aldolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo.
It's hard to say what my favourite books are of all time, but one is definitely another Bio Casares book called The Invention of Morel. Other books that have shaped me or have stayed with me for very long are Living My Life by Emma Goldman - my mom gave this to me when I turned 16 and started dying my hair and hanging on the punk- scene. She thought I should understand properly the history of Anarchism. - bless!
Another book I love is The Invention of Solitude by Paul Auster ( or say pretty much everything he has written), Fictions by Borges and Invisible Cities by Iltalo Calvino are also books I keep returning to. But also I’m a huge fan of fantasy novels - my oldest sister Cecilie Eken is an fantasy writer, I am of course her biggest fan. Her latest Sci-Fi-fi/fantasy trilogy karanagalaksen is incredible! - and Tolkien and Ursula K. Le Guin was much read and loved in our childhood ( still is).” - ROSE EKEN



Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY, It’s Nice That, BBC, Life Magazine Archives, Nowness” - GIGI ROSE GRAY

"Henrik Brandao Jönsson's blog - A Swedish journalist & writer living in Rio, he portrays in an excellent way Brazilian everyday life and politics. The Way We Play - A Swedish lifestyle magazine and creative studio. Squarespace - I've spent a lot of time there last couple of months building my website, it honestly required more patience and time than expected but now it's finally launched. Sigh Unseen” - HANNA ENGLUND

"Museum, Instagram, 1stdibs” - JINYA ZHAO

"The Guardian - for news and culture. Jealous Curator - for art and inspiration. That's Not My Age - fashion. British Beauty Blogger - beauty stuff” - CLAIRE BREWSTER

"Facebook, I'm afraid but also look at art blogs like; We Like Art, Unseen Platform, Tate Modern.” - MARLEEN SLEEUWITS

“I don´t really use blogs other than Instagram. I usually look for movies either in Mubi or any other streaming service.” - ANDRES AROCHI

"GQ Style, Artsy, Luvan, Aesthetica” - MINAS HALAJ

"Most website about constructions tips and tutorials. Diy websites also. Galeries and contemporary artists. Information website (Liberation, Mediapart)” - VALENTIN ABAD

"Some of my favorite sites are less about research for my work and more for the time when I take a work break. I try to spend time with books and in the library where I teach for inspiration. Some of my bookmarks are Painters on Paintings, #FFFFFF Walls, Hyperallergic, ESPN FC, Reverb ( I love guitars), Triboro United (the soccer team I run with two friends) and some general news sites.” - BRIAN ALFRED

"My favorite website: Wikipedia” - CONRAD JON GODLY

"say hi to, Sight Unseen, Dezeen, IGNANT” - SAVVAS LAZ

"Instagram. This is enough for me. I try to get information from real life/people and listen to my inner child. I don’t read news. I think sometimes we need less information, blogs and websites.” - KATE FRIZALIS

"Dlisted, Vogue, Zeit” - JULIA HEUER

"I'm not much of a blog reader. I do however use them to gather image inspiration for my paintings, a great one being Design.tel” - ELIZA GOSSE

"Eeesh who has time?! I guess my most visited website is Gmail.” - LILY PEARMAIN



"NY Art Beat and Seesaw for show listings. They really help navigate all the art I want to see. Bandsintown for catching live music, IG for keeping up with my friends art and music, Spotify, Fubo to watch soccer, Podcasts for all my pod I love, Line to chat with family in Japan and my only game is Islands by Unity, it's amazingly beautiful.” - BRIAN ALFRED

"Radiooooo is a curated global musical time machine and therefore my favorite app in existence. Co-Star because, ashamedly, I’ve succumbed to the societal pressure of cosmic and astrological guidance. Google Maps because I’m perpetually lost. Instagram because there’s no escaping that vortex of voyeurism. I’m a millennial afterall… Notes because I write absolutely everything down for fear of forgetting. Podcast: I almost exclusively listen to podcasts while working, the intellectual stimulation it provides helps me not to overthink what I’m making.” - GIGI ROSE GRAY

"Instagram because this is the best place for visual communication. Shazam, Airbnb, Skyscanner, Weather because they make my life easier/more comfortable.” - KATE FRIZALIS

Sun Seeker - To measure the path of the sun and plan my photographs or takes. Artemis - Great tool for any filmmaker. Light Meter - In case I’m shooting film and I forgot my light meter.” - ANDRES AROCHI

"Spotify / Sonos - for music and podcasts. Instagram - for images and inspiration. Whatsapp - for keeping in touch” - CLAIRE BREWSTER

"Uber, Deutschebahn, Instagram. Because I am still a fool and think it is important” - JULIA HEUER

"I guess that would be my Gmail (work work work) and my Instagram. Probably Facebook too - though I mostly just use Facebook to stay connected to people and checking on events and stuff. I do love Instagram. I’m a visual person so it’s fun to go exploring other artist works and actually I’ve made quite a few friends world wide this way too.” - ROSE EKEN

"Nothing hip or fancy, mostly use Google Maps to get somewhere on time and WhatsApp” - MARLEEN SLEEUWITS

"Instagram, Uber, Franceinfo, Bank ;-) To update my work, to go to work, to understand the world and to know if my work works ;-)” - VALENTIN ABAD

"Spotify and Instagram are the big ones for me. I never paint without music and my Instagram is where I document my paintings. Slowly Facebook is creeping up there due to Facebook market place, I love a good scroll for retro furniture.” - ELIZA GOSSE

"Podcast & Spotify - I love to listen to podcasts or music while working in the studio (just to name a few of some of my preferred podcasts: En Varg söker sin podd, Stil med Susanne Ljung, Hidden Brain, TED radio hour, 60minuter, The Potters cast...but the list is very long). Instagram - I'm honestly not sure what my little business would be without it - such an easy and direct way to share my work. I have also connected with my lovely stockists through it, as well as met with other ceramicists.
WhatsApp - for chatting with friends and family. Camera app - basically only using my iphone for photographing my work for instagram” - HANNA ENGLUND

"Instagram because its fast and direct.” - SAVVAS LAZ

"I use SoundCloud for listening to music when I'm at the studio working and I use Instagram for connecting with my art lovers.” - MINAS HALAJ

"WhatsApp - free communication.” - CONRAD JON GODLY

"Depressingly, Instagram. I hate it, like everyone else, and am totally addicted, like everyone else. I fantasise about being able to kick it, but then I'm fairly sure it's important to my job. I try and see it as a portfolio of what I'm up to. Other than that I don't really use apps. Again, who has time?!” - LILY PEARMAIN



"My most recently made playlist is called "Crystallised Corridors" and has everything from Andy Cato's amazing album Times and Places to Maribou State. I make playlists almost weekly though as I'm always listening to music in my studio.” - ELIZA GOSSE

“I don't listen to playlists. I am old fashioned and I listen to records and CD's from Classic to Heavy Metal. At the moment I listen often to the first albums of Sleaford Mods.“ - CONRAD JON GODLY

"Well as Daniel Johnson sadly just passed I have to put him first on the list - one of the greatest songwriters ever - any song of his really - for example anything from YiP Jump Music” - ROSE EKEN

“Old stuff like: David Bowie, Joni Mitchel, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Beatles and Dutch/Belgian singers/bands like Gorki, Andre Hazes, Roosbeef, Selah Sue” - MARLEEN SLEEUWITS



"Kate Tempest, The Book Of Traps And Lessons. For when you're feeling really disengaged, frustrated and alone. She manages to articulate every emotion you've ever felt about being a human in the current political climate, then make you angry and then hopeful. It's a journey and one I've cried to a couple of times.” - LILY PEARMAIN

"Space is the Place by Sun Ra, Giant Steps by John Coltrane, A Beautiful Place in the Country by Boards of Canada, Boo Boo by Toro y Moi, Beauty is a Rare Thing by Ornette Coleman, Dear Old Stockholm by John Coltrane, Millions Now Living Will Never Die by Tortoise, At Action Park by Shellac, Dots and Loops by Stereolab, Thrust by Herbie Hancock, Systemisch by Oval...these were all high impact records for me.” - BRIAN ALFRED

"I listen to audio books more than music but I would recommend Lizzo and her latest album is great. I'd also recommend getting into UK Jazz - the scene is pretty cool right now, lots of amazing music. The Ezra Collective and Blue Lab Beats to name a couple.” - CLAIRE BREWSTER

"Paranoid by Black Sabbath, Ace of Spades by Motörhead, Painkiller by Judas Priest, Made in Japan by Deep Purple” - CONRAD JON GODLY

"Marquee Moon by Television, Os Afros Sambos by Baden Powell, Violator by Depeche Mode, Ocean Rain by Echo and the Bunnymen, Studio Uno by Mina, Substance by Joy Division, Brigitte Fontaine Est… by Brigitte Fontaine, Transformer by Lou Reed, Aural Sculpture by the Stranglers, Replicas by Tubeway Army, Apiafo by Vaudou Game” - GIGI ROSE GRAY


Bitches Brew by Miles Davis, Journey in Satchidananda by Alice Coltrane, Music for Airports by Brian Eno” - ANDRES AROCHI

"Slowdive By Slowdive, Future Plans by Speaker Bite Me, This Fool Can Die Now by Scout Niblett, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go by Billie Eilish, Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop, Paranoid by Black Sabbath and many more” - ROSE EKEN

"Greatest Hits by Al Green” - MARLEEN SLEEUWITS

"The Wall by Pink Floyd, Songs of Leonard Cohen by Leonard Cohen, Nuit de Rêve by Scratch Massive, Varsovie by Saez, Dancehall by The Blaze, Cure by Eddy de Pretto, Sainte Victoire by Clara Luciani” - VALENTIN ABAD

"Lou Doillon's new album Soliloquy . Any record by Nina Simone. Nobody can live forever - the existential soul of Tim Maia by Tim Maia. Kvinnor och barn by Frida Hyvönens. Tindersticks by Tindersticks. Ceremony by Anna Von Hausswolff. In Our Nature by José González. Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. High Violet by The National” - HANNA ENGLUND

"I'm going against the trend and still pumping those CD's in my bedroom on an excellent noughties set up. The CD I'm most playing at the moment is Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? an album by the Cranberries and Disintegration by the Cure.” - ELIZA GOSSE

"When I'm in the meditative mood I always like to listen Komitas and recommend everyone at list ones to connect with this hi-level composer.” - MINAS HALAJ

"Ring by Glasser, Blue by Joni Mitchell, Pieces of a Man by Gil-Scott Heron, Rhythm and Youth by Men Without Hats, A Flock Of Seagulls by A Flock Of Seagulls” - JULIA HEUER



Suburbia, Shop Lifters, Take Shelter, Prisoners, Snowtown, Gerry” - ANDRES AROCHI

"Not fresh, but here's a list of some of my all time favourites: Any film by Swedish director Ruben Östlund - the master of social awkwardness. My favourite is probably Involuntary, but Force Majeure and The Square are fantastic films too. I love his interest in the questions of human psychology and group behaviour dynamics - all his films are basically about people trying to avoid losing their dignity. A Swedish Love Story by Roy Andersson and his Living trilogy, especially Songs from the Second Floor and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. Films filled with lovely absurdity. No one makes films like him, the long shots with no cut from one angle and the typically Swedish monochrome, grey faded colours. I admire his passion for making films about everyday human weaknesses.
Happiness by Todd Solondz - It's loaded with fantastic performances, especially by incredible Philip Seymour Hoffman. Darkly funny, disturbing and sincere - impossible to watch and feel nothing. Welcome to the Dollhouse by Solondz is a must see too. Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog is one of the most powerful documentary I've ever seen.
Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart by David Lynch. Time of the Gypsies - Emir Kusturica. Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders. Harold and Maude - Hal Ashby. Persona by Ingmar Bergman. Annie Hall and Manhattan by Woody Allen. Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson” - HANNA ENGLUND

"I like the films of Jacques Tati like Playtime and De Noordelingen by Alex van Warmerdam.”- MARLEEN SLEEUWITS

"Anything by Pedro Almodovar - intense films, with strong female characters. Legally Blonde - I've seen this so many times, I love everything about it. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Audrey Hepburn is a dream and this whole film is a classic (apart from the dodgy characterisation of a Japanese person which is just wrong). An American in Paris - I love musicals from the 1950's with crazy dance routines and this is one of the best and it's set in Paris and what's not to love about that. Another great musical is Funny Face again with Audrey Hepburn and also set in Paris. I love Paris so these films make me happy.” - CLAIRE BREWSTER

"I just saw Never Look Away, absolutely excellent! I love very long historic dramas like Australia, The Last Samurai, The Kings Speech, Empire of The Sun... there really are just too many of my favourite films to list.” - ELIZA GOSSE

“Fresh: Once upon a time in Hollywood by Tarantino
Must see: Shining by Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Milos Forman, Midnight Express by Alan Parker, The Last Emperor by Akira Kurosawa, Amadeus by Milos Forman” - CONRAD JON GODLY

"The Parasite by Bong Joon-ho” - JULIA HEUER

"Green Book, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Spirited Away, Bitter Moon” - JINYA ZHAO

"Films are the biggest source of inspiration for my work. I’m mostly drawn to the composition, narratives and colors of films from the 1960’s-1970’s, which I often reference. However I’m a nuisance to watch movies with because I’m endlessly pressing pause to photograph the film stills.
Films everybody should watch are: The Tempest by Paul Mazursky, The Conversation by Francis Ford Coppola, Le Bonheur by Agnes Varda, 3 Women by Robert Altman, Blade Runner by Ridley Scott, 8 1/2 by Federico Fellini, Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders, An Unmarried Woman by Paul Mazursky, The Man Who Fell to Earth by Nicolas Roeg, Les Biches by Claude Chabrol, Day for Night by Truffaut, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! by Pedro Almodovar, L’eclisse by Michelangelo Antonioni, Love in the Afternoon by Eric Rohmer, Contempt by Jean Luc Godard, Mon Oncle by Jacques Tati, Annie Hall by Woody Allen, Freaks by Tod Browning, Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock, Barry Lyndon by Stanley Kubrick, A Woman Under the Influence by John Cassavetes, Now, Voyager by Irving Rapper, News from Home by Chantal Akerman, The Seventh Seal by Ingmar Bergman, The Women by George Cukor, To Sir, with Love by James Clavell” - GIGI ROSE GRAY

"I would recommend everyone to watch The Color of Pomegranates by Sergei Parajanov and Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky.” - MINAS HALAJ

"Try to watch random films by: Jim Jarmusch, David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, Bernardo Bertolucci, Paolo Sorrentino, Jean-Luc Godard, Andrei Tarkovsky etc etc etc I can write names “endlessly :)” - KATE FRIZALIS

"Because of their iconic set design everybody should watch : Mon Oncle (1958) by Jacques Tati and Ruthless people (1986)” - SAVVAS LAZ

"Parasite, Le Chant du Loup, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Jusqu'à la garde, Le monde est à toi, Ni juge ni soumise” - VALENTIN ABAD

"Admittedly bad at seeing movies of late. My son has me in Marvel Universe. My go to movies (or must see) are Weekend by Goddard, Playtime by Jacques Tati, Koyaanisqatsi by Godfrey Reggio, Waking Life by Richard Linklater, Inception by Christopher Nolan and if you only see one movie in your life, for me it's La Jetée by Chris Marker.” - BRIAN ALFRED

"A film I recently rewatched which I think is really great Arrival. But also everyone should watch my friend Lasse Lau's award winning documentary Lykkelænder (The Raven and the Seagull in english). It is about the (problematic) relation between Greenland and Denmark.” - ROSE EKEN



"I love Patriot Act with Hassan Minhaj - it's my favourite type of comedy - political and personal, I've learned so much watching him; Queer Eye is another favourite - feel good TV at it's best, tissues a necessity; Lip Sync Battle is great, the one with Snoop Dog on is the best.” - CLAIRE BREWSTER

"Lately I have been watching: Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies, Chernobyl, True Detective” - ROSE EKEN

"Blown Away, I love watching glass blowing. It's an amazing art form. Matsuko Relax (on Japanese tv). Matsuko has great taste and is endlessly entertaining. Running Man, a variety show on in Korea, such a fun show filled with games, challenges and humor. Master in the House, another Korean show about a deep look at certain occupations. Premier League Soccer, I still play soccer, coach soccer and love the art of the game.” - BRIAN ALFRED

"Breaking Bad, Twin Peaks, The Young Pope, The End of the F***ing World, Atlanta, Silicon Valley, Euphoria” - KATE FRIZALIS

"I don't watch much TV, but I had flu recently and What We Do In The Shadows kept me laughing through it.” - LILY PEARMAIN

Mindhunter” - ANDRES AROCHI

"With two small kids and all my free-time spent in the studio I don't have time to watch a lot of tv shows, but I recently managed to watch Chernobyl and really liked it.
Curb Your Enthusiasm is probably my number one show of all time. Prettay prettay prettay good. I've had a serious Larry David obsession for many years.
Also loved Amazon's Transparent, about a transgender woman coming out to her adult children. A wonderful bittersweet dysfunctional family, and perfect cast of actors.” - HANNA ENGLUND

"Really loved the series The Handmaid’s Tale” - MARLEEN SLEEUWITS

"The Crown, Versailles, Twin Peaks (original), Curb your Enthusiasm, The Durell’s in Corfu. And anything else by masterpiece theatre…” - GIGI ROSE GRAY

"The Mighty Boosh” - JULIA HEUER

"Engrenages (French tv show), Mad Men, La Casa de Papel, Billions” - VALENTIN ABAD



"Hayv Kahraman - beautiful eloquent paintings, Deborah Roberts - amazing collages, Maria Berrio - another amazing collage/paper artist” - CLAIRE BREWSTER

"John Virtue, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney” - CONRAD JON GODLY

"AH - THAT is the most difficult question - there are SO many!!
I love David Shrigly, I love Tal R, I love Jockum Nordstrom and Klara Kristalova's work - I love my friends Emma Kohlmann and John Copeland and Richard Coleman's work so much too. The young danish ceramicist Klara Lilja is also on the list. I fail to mention a billion - I know.” - ROSE EKEN

"Joep Van Lieshout, Max Lamp” - SAVVAS LAZ

"In Australia I admire Noel McKenna and Marc Etherington for their humour in there suburban depictions. I also love what Eugenia Lim is doing with video and installation.
Beyond Australia I have always admired David Hockney and Pipilotti Rist.” - ELIZA GOSSE

"Olafur Eliasson” - JINYA ZHAO

"Marlene Dumas, Alex Prager, Anthony Cudahy, Stan Douglas, Aaron Elvis Jupin, Neo Rausch, Nicholas Law, Olafur Eliasson, Amoako Boafo, Daniel Richter” - GIGI ROSE GRAY

"Dewar et Gicquel, Claire Tabouret, Vincent Ganivet, Raphael Zarka, Dominique Blais, Neil Beloufa, Latifa Echakhch, Vincent Mauger, Mohamed Bourouissa, Przemek Pyszczek, Charlotte Charbonnel, Simon Nicaise, Florian Mermin… this list is totally incomplete!” - VALENTIN ABAD

"My friend Kris Lemsalu” - JULIA HEUER

"Two young, really talented ceramic artists working today; Nicolette Johnson for her extraordinary vessels and Simone Bodmer Turner for her impressive sculptures.
Swedish photographer Anders Petersen for his intimate documentary style black & white photos - deep respect for his photo project Cafe Lehmitz.
Brazilian artist Marcelo Macedo for his really cool wood, ceramics and street art.
French artist Ines Longevial for her beautiful color combos portraits and can't get enough of the prints & weavings from French painter Lea Augereau.
And as for great source of inspiration and incredible ceramic art and sculptures I also have to mention; Jean H Arp, Barbara Hepworth, Georgia O'Keeffe, Henry Moore and Valentine Schlegel.
Also, Frida Kahlo, Pierre Bonnard, Alice Neel, Henri Matisse, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt for their beautiful art & paintings” - HANNA ENGLUND

"Felicity Hammond, Peter Puklus, Anouk Kruithof, Esther Tielemans, Thorsten Brinkman, Andrea Grutzner and Sara-Lena Meierhofer” - MARLEEN SLEEUWITS

"Rothko, Malevich, Basquiat, Matisse... Wait! they are all dead already! I admire all artists working today.” - KATE FRIZALIS

Alex Katz, Julie Mehretu, Byron Kim, Jo Baer, John Wesley, Robin F. Williams, Thomas Demand, Henry Taylor, Erin Riley, Devan Shimoyama to just name a few.” - BRIAN ALFRED

James Turrell and Studio Drift” - ANDRES AROCHI

"John Born, Derek Wilson, Simone Bodmer Turner, Lisa Hammond, Ian Thomas, Dylan Bowen, Julian Stair” - LILY PEARMAIN

"I admire the German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer.” - MINAS HALAJ



@softcircle my friend Hisham's incredible photos and his many creative pursuits. @bbamars my friend Amar Santana's account of his amazing food. He was the runner up in the last Top Chef and owns restaurants in CA. @misterngo Dung Ngo's amazing collection of photos traveling the world. @topodesigns my friend Mark owns this outdoors bag and clothing company and has amazing images from around the world. @arthandlermag hilarious images related to moving and handling art and more. @eniwamura could watch his ceramics process endlessly @darrinalfred my brother! architecture and design curator at the Denver At Museum. @lullatone musicians and friends based in Nagoya, Japan” - BRIAN ALFRED

"I mostly hang out on instagram my favourite accounts are @ashleylongshoreart, @elizabeth_gilbert, @ohjoy, @heatherday” - CLAIRE BREWSTER

"Best instagram accounts I follow: @criterioncollection, @somewheremagazine, @archdigest, @worldeconomicforum, @thedodo, @retro_newyork” - GIGI ROSE GRAY

"@builder.tv, @violenteviande, @konbini, @brutofficiel, @brainmagazine, @exrelou” - VALENTIN ABAD

"@designtel, @suburban_kingdoms, @modernister, @jonnyhonky, @dc_hillier” - ELIZA GOSSE

"My mates and people I want to be my mate.” - LILY PEARMAIN

"@uncensored_ceramics, @meiow_mix, @johncopelanstudio, @rouge_quality_leisure, @thebowdashes, @michalaeken, @killtownbooking, @v1gallery, @slimxkrystal, @Serpent & Bow, @Fryd Frydendahl” - ROSE EKEN

"@sayhito_, @_sightunseen_, @uglydesign, @decorhardcore, @the_80s_interior” - SAVVAS LAZ

"@foam_magazine, @tate, @stedelijkmuseum” - MARLEEN SLEEUWITS

"Larry Gagosian, Swizz Beatz, George Condo” - MINAS HALAJ

"@santuario_botafogo - Rio's most beautiful little lifestyle shop run by Californian designer Dylan Perrigo. It's my first and dearest stockist, so grateful that she was the first one believing in my work. @floatelierbotanico - Stunning botanical concept store run by a cute husband and wife team, a must visit when in São Paulo! @flobotany is their little sister in NYC. So lucky they are my stockists! @diane_keaton - for the right amount of playful weird and stylishness in her feed. Love her daily outfits and it's refreshing to follow a mature woman, especially on a platform dominated by young people. @leandramcohen (Man Repeller) for her sense of humour & damn-cool outfits, and for being a mum keeping it real on insta. @glazemagazine - ceramics magazine. @maisonnue - Parisian creative studio. @criola___ a cool Brazilian female graffiti street artist!” - HANNA ENGLUND

"@decorhardcore, @100%percentsilk, @ernatmack, @miridicker, @tigraxtigra, @monopolmagazin” - JULIA HEUER

"I like the Instagram accounts of Discovery and artnet.” - CONRAD JON GODLY



"Aperture, The New Yorker, Time, Art In America” - MINAS HALAJ

"My current obsession is vintage Ceramics Monthly magazines from the 70’s - I was lucky enough to inherit a big pale of them from my beloved pottery Mastre.
As for news; Guardian, Dagens Nyheter and Folha de São Paulo or The Intercept Brazil. Before moving to Brazil I was a huge consumer of fashion and interior design magazines but nowadays I'm only occasionally read Vogue Brasil, Casa Vouge and whenever I get my hands on Styleby (Swedish).” - HANNA ENGLUND

"Artnet, Artforum, Juxtapoz, Hyperallergic, NYT” - BRIAN ALFRED

"The New Yorker, NY Times (mostly online), Harper’s” - GIGI ROSE GRAY

"Frame, Volkskrant Magazine, Woth Magazine” - MARLEEN SLEEUWITS

"Liberation, Mediapart” - VALENTIN ABAD


"Apartamento, Wallpaper, Fantastic Man, PIN-UP magazine, DAMN” - SAVVAS LAZ

The New Yorker and Neue Zürcher Zeitung” - CONRAD JON GODLY

"I read Frieze for art stuff, Vogue for fashion, the FT weekend for culture and news.” - CLAIRE BREWSTER

"I’m not much of a magazine reader to be honest... I check The New York Times online and the danish newspaper Politiken most days....” - ROSE EKEN

"I steal the London Review of Books from my brothers house, and Hole And Corner is a really lovely craft-focussed magazine.” - LILY PEARMAIN

"I’ve sadly exited the world of print other than books I will never stoop to kindles. I’m not opposed to a good artist profile or Frankie on a plane however.” - ELIZA GOSSE



“I’m a huge camera geek I own many film cameras but I mostly use an Arri Alexa and my Fuji X Pro 2.” - ANDRES AROCHI

"I use my iMac for all computer stuff. My favourite paints are Daler Rowney acrylic inks and Winsor & Newton or Cass Art Canvases. I also use Golden and Liquitex paints.” - CLAIRE BREWSTER

"Weird wooden sticks my brother in law's dad have carved in his basement. But also just a lot of very classic ceramic stuff. I’m pretty analogue all around - still use a light table to draw up stuff rather than doing it in photoshop... But I do love my mac too.... Not sure - whatever seems right... depending on what I’m making....” - ROSE EKEN

"Graphite, mechanical pencils, Tortillons blenders, Pan pastels, Gouache, Photoshop / Illustrator, Cold Press cream drawing paper” - GIGI ROSE GRAY

"Drill, sander, chain saw, grinder and a camera” - VALENTIN ABAD

"My wheel and kiln are my main tools I guess. But I have a real affinity for the tools I use while throwing and turning. A natural sponge is a joy, and I use an old student card as a kidney (a type of throwing tool which helps to shape the form and remove excess clay). I like a curly wire, a sharp knife, and I have these sculpting tools that a friend gave me which help to make joins really nice and smooooth.” - LILY PEARMAIN

"From chainsaws till Photoshop” - MARLEEN SLEEUWITS

"In my works, I use lots of recycled materials, textiles, acrylic paint, oil paint, wax, gold leaf and etc.” - MINAS HALAJ

"Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Golden Acrylics, Wacom tablet, Macbook Pro, Rode Microphones, Gretsch guitar” - BRIAN ALFRED

"Sketch books, color pencils, watercolor” - JINYA ZHAO

"Photoshop, Scanner, Oven, Tubes, Sewing machine” - JULIA HEUER

“My most important tools are my hands. Having spent over 15 years behind a corporate computer, it feels amazing to create something more tangible that is made with my own two hands. I love that working with clay feels so ancient and primal. Sponges are really important, too, and Mudtools makes my favorite sponges. They have a really good finish, so when you put it on the surface of what you're doing, it compresses the clay and makes it really smooth and nice. My husband's tool box; saws, hammers, chisels, knives, yeah you name it when I'm making the ceramic molds cast of real fruits. If some professionally taught potters saw the way I do some things they would probably scream, but it works for me. My good old Canon EOS 60D camera or my iPhone to photograph my work” - HANNA ENGLUND

"Oilpaint and brushes.” - CONRAD JON GODLY



“My Topo Designs bags. My Bose noise cancelling headphones. Lots of vitamins. My Adidas. COS for clothes. Commes des Garcon Hinoki scent. Le Labo candles and detergent. My Alexander McQueen wallet. My See glasses. Samsung Frame TV and most of all my amazing Breville espresso maker that my wonderful wife got me for a gift, in black, of course.” - BRIAN ALFRED

"I have these excellent pearly sunglasses by Holiday the Label (one of my favourite Australian brands). I also have this amazing gold chain necklace my mum passed down to me that she constantly reminds me is my most precious item so my concept is to never take it off therefore never allowing it to be lost. I'm also in love with costume jewellery, I have endless amounts of fake diamond chokers and teardrop earrings.” - ELIZA GOSSE

"I recently bought a leatherman. Amazing, I love it. I spent my vacation using it, cutting and sculpting noses in wood.” - VALENTIN ABAD

"Basecaps, 999.9 sunglasses and normal glasses, Xelero shoes” - CONRAD JON GODLY

"Babybjörn (baby carrier) when I want to work but my 7-months baby wants to be hold. I'm addicted to Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. Working with clay is wonderful for the mind and body, but it’s terrible for the skin since it really sucks all the moisture out of your hands. So a really good hand lotion is insanely essential for me.
Men's Coverall from Dickies. You get so dirty with ceramics, so it’s nice to have a full cover over your clothing, especially now when it's winter here in Brazil. But rest of the year, my everyday uniform is simply a pair of denim shorts, a tee and flip flops - you don't need more really. My years in Rio has given me a much-needed distance to consumption in general, and also taught me to appreciate the simple things in life - which is pretty easy when almost everyday is sunny, I mean just such thing as being able to go for a walk on the beach and enjoy a fresh coconut every morning. Whenever I remember, I bring a reusable metal straw for my daily coconut, to ditch the single-use plastic waste.” - HANNA ENGLUND

"My favorite gadget Is my smartphone because with the phone you can do lots of activities including e-mails, social media, even to paying bills.” - MINAS HALAJ

"A calendar. I love recording and planning, and arranging what is going to happen. Also like to collect notebooks.” - JINYA ZHAO


“I always try to travel with a film camera ( usually a Hasselblad Xpan) and my Fuji X Pro 2 that use to shoot digital stills and sometimes shoot visuals. I also like to travel with a Zoom H6 to record birds or water soundscapes.” - ANDRES AROCHI

"Beoplay A2 speaker by Bang & Olufsen” - SAVVAS LAZ

"Shoes - I LOVE shoes! All kinds - heels, boots, trainers, sandals, pumps.... it’s kinna an addiction I guess (not so good).
One of my favorite pair of heels ( like I should have bought two pairs) is a pair of silver and black pumps from Miu Miu - they look like something Runaways would have worn or perhaps Kiss if they were wearing heels.
Jewelry is a thing too. My (other) sister Michala Eken makes jewelry - so I obviously wear a lot of her stuff. Also for the past 15 years or so I have been wearing these bracelets that my friend Julie Linke Bank makes - they are made from nuts and look somewhere between a diamond and rivet bracelet.” - ROSE EKEN

"My new snake skin boots from the fleamarket” - JULIA HEUER

"I don’t use many gadgets other than my computer, scanner and lightbox.” - GIGI ROSE GRAY

"Can't go anywhere without my iPhone anymore” - MARLEEN SLEEUWITS

"I couldn't live without my iPhone or iMac - I've been an apple fan since the 1990's, I've never owned another brand of computer. I couldn't live with out Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream - my skin loves me for using this. I love my brogues and usually have several pairs on the go at one time, Clarks are my favourite brand.” - CLAIRE BREWSTER

"I have a really lame film camera that looks like something my mum would have used in the 90's. I only use it often enough to use up a roll of film once every 3 months or so, so when I get it developed it's a real treat because I've forgotten everything I'd taken photos of.
I also use a physical diary. It's more for keeping track of dates than writing down who I fancy, and it's a nightmare when I lose it, but there's something really nice about having a place to write down my plans.” - LILY PEARMAIN

Artwork by © BRIAN ALFRED