|A Laura Zindel’s creations combine high-quality
home dishware with faux historical hand-drawn imagery inspired
by Victorian Cabinets of Curiosity.
Laura’s natural talent for drawing is something that
cannot be taught, merely refined. All of the meticulously
detailed images on her ceramics are hand-drawn in pencil then
printed with enamel to become ceramic transfers which are
subsequently collaged onto the raw pieces and fired for permanence
in a process known as transferware. First adopted in the 18th
century, transferware embodying such complex and delicate
artwork is not commonly practiced these days.
When asked about her inspirations, Zindel mentions the Victorian
Cabinets of Curiosity, which were intensely personal collections
of natural oddities and objects of beauty accumulated by the
wealthier members of British society, which originated before
Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne in 1837.
The current list of designs features beetles, birds, bees,
dragonflies, moths, spiders and snakes, just to name a few.
Light Blue, Pine Green and the intriguingly named “Iron
Buffalo” are usually used as edge trimming or for the
interiors of mugs and tumblers. At present there are over
30 different types of ceramic dishware available featuring
Zindel’s naturalistic motifs, ranging from small dessert
plates to huge round serving platters a full 17 inches in
Laura Zindel’s startling ceramics effectively bridge
the gap between historic sensibilities and modern practicality,
with a dash of “shock & awe” thrown in for
good measure. It’s a recipe for success at the dinner
table, though if your guests aren’t quick to chow down
you’ll have something else to blame besides your cooking.