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Claudia Issa

Visiting Artist

Claudia Issa a São Paolo-based ceramicist and designer, is the latest artist to offer creative inspiration and define a new aesthetic vocabulary through Kornegay Design’s Visiting Artist Program. Issa’s work often incorporates elements of intentional imperfection, creating nontraditional beauty out of traditionally discarded materials and organic, asymmetrical forms—a creative vision that both draws on Larry Kornegay’s original artistic intent but also inspires a new direction for the brand.

“Sometimes I take a piece of clay, I knead it and the shape comes up. It is my hands that ‘think’ and I let it be so to see what will arise,” describes Issa. “I find it beautiful that something imperfect can stubbornly show itself as it is, imposing its own beauty, breaking with standards.”
– Claudia Issa

Kornegay is proud to announce a unique collaborative project with Claudia Issa, to be released in December, 2020. Issa is relatively new to ceramics as a medium, however, with her rapid international success as evidence, she is not at all new to professional creative endeavors. She honed her skills and distinct artistic vision throughout a successful 20-year career in art direction, fashion and graphic design, but moved on to ceramics seeking new creative challenges.

It is this fresh perspective, depth of global experience, and enthusiasm to push creative bounda-ries that is driving a new spirit of innovation at Kornegay Design. Issa’s special project is a result of true collaboration, combining her artistic vision with Kornegay’s mastery of cast concrete to offer a piece that is truly unique.

“It was refreshing to engage in such a mutual, back-and-forth creative process with Kornegay Design,” says Issa. “Despite the fact that I was using materials and processes with which I was relatively unfamiliar, we were able to land on a design that I feel is very representative of me and my vision. This is thanks to Kornegay Design’s willingness to work with me, understand my artistic vision and maintain its integrity through true discussion and collaboration.”