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I WAS VISITING THE HOME

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of some architect friends in Massachuse­tts the first time I saw one of Peter Lane’s clay installati­ons in person. It was an eight-foot-high crevassed wall separating the living room from a smaller reading area. It had such obvious soul. As the day waned, its dips and crests created the most interestin­g shadows, reminding me of the Crystal Caves in Bermuda. I kept walking over to study the morphing light. It had this way of pulling you in.

Imagine my surprise when, in conversati­on with Lane years later, I learned that his grand, architectu­ral form of clay sculpture—wall installati­ons rich in artistic detailing—started with thrift store pottery. “I was in this vintage shop in Miami, and the things that inspired me were so expensive,” he recalls. “So I took a pottery class to try to recreate the things I liked. It grew from there.”

Soared is more like it: His first large-scale commission was for a friend’s pool pavilion—“a leap of faith on their part,” he says—where he dreamed up a matte white piece that filled the walls edge to edge and boasted patterning inspired by the mature palms, orchids, and ferns and a koi pond that surrounded the house. More commission­s followed, as

did increasing­ly innovative finishes: A 40-footwide grotto wall at Paris’s Hotel de Crillon has what he calls “a classic ceramic glaze, a rich, waxy celadon, with gold-leafed cabochons.” His recent installati­on for Cartier resembles a bleached antique marble. So sizable are his commission­s that he built a 10,000-squarefoot studio in Brooklyn to accommodat­e their production. “Each is bigger than one person or set of hands could possibly make,” says the artist, whose first monograph, Clay arriving in September, is dedicated to his wall sculptures. They are more than objects, he tells me; “they are environmen­ts.”

 ?? ?? JOY MOYLER is a New York– based designer with a degree in architectu­re and passion for uncovering and sharing exceptiona­l new artisans. Follow her at @joymoyleri­nteriors.
JOY MOYLER is a New York– based designer with a degree in architectu­re and passion for uncovering and sharing exceptiona­l new artisans. Follow her at @joymoyleri­nteriors.
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