This Quiet Dust is a ceramics studio based in the suburbs of Chicago that focuses on creating handmade porcelain tableware inspired by the very nature of clay and its irregular and pliable inherent characteristic.
Dubhe Carreño’s tableware is designed and handcrafted to offer perfectly simple forms inspired by a minimalist aesthetic and by the colors and textures in nature. Forms are intentionally irregular highlighting the presence of the artist’s hand, which honors clay’s voice as an active participant and collaborator in the process of creating each individual form.
Carreño's tableware is made with a mid-range- temperature porcelain and fired in an oxidation atmosphere kiln. Bowls and cups are made in the potter’s wheel and plates are made by rolling clay into slabs, and then carefully cut by hand. After the first firing, glaze is either poured or dipped into a mixture of suspended mineral oxides that compose each of the glazes. Forms are then placed into a second firing which makes the clay vitreous and hardens the glaze.
Dubhe’s tableware designs are perfect for both an elegant dining room setting as well as a warm morning breakfast around the kitchen table. The designs, individually and collectively enhance the experience of eating and sharing a meal inviting conversation and enhancing the colors and textures of your food.
Dubhe's tableware is strong and durable and can be microwaved and cleaned in the dishwasher. The back or bottom of the plates, show the delicacy and beauty of vitrified bare porcelain. It may pick up the tint of your condiments overtime but it can be easily cleaned by scrubbing it with a stronger detergent. This tableware is made to last generations and the different forms are meant to be mixed and matched with the different glazes to allude to the colors found in nature such as a river bed full of stones of many different hues…
"More like modern dance than classical ballet, Carreño’s work honors the discipline of traditional forms while departing from them. Here, clay is not mastered into mechanical shapes but negotiated with, its personality honored. The resulting body of work embraces the domestic, anticipates it, reflecting the rituals of daily life. These designed objects are meant to be used, also washed, stacked, clumsily fondled; transformative heat has rendered them sturdy. Glazes inspired by the more subdued tones of nature reiterate this strength, recalling the infinity of warm grays and almost-whites of Lake Michigan stones. " Margaret Hawkins