Danny Kaplan Studio is located in a pre-war former bottling factory in Brooklyn. The space was selected for its capacity to accommodate large kilns with the intent to fire large-scale pieces—the tables, lamps, chairs, vessels, and sculptural items. Each work begins with a design sketch in which form and composition play a strong role.
The studio’s team of skilled artisans uses clay that is rich in grog and grit to build structurally complex forms. The resilient clay allows us to stretch the bounds of the medium. They use a variety of different ceramic techniques: wheel throwing, coil- and slab-building, and finally coating each individual piece with slips and glazes to give the surface a distinct finish.
Once out of the kiln, the pieces have a smooth matte texture that evokes the ancient and the modern. We develop new engobes, slips, and glazes, experimenting with color and materiality. The collection of table lamps uses solid brass hardware, silk-wrapped cords, and linen or paper lampshades. As artists and makers, the Danny Kaplan Studio aims to create pieces that are both old and new, complex and primitive, minimalist and organic. Shop Danny Kaplan Studio lamps, lighting, and decor online below at Modern Relik.