VIT ceramics are produced at Kri Kri Studio in Seattle. The designer and artist, Kristin Nelson, earned her degree in ceramic sculpture from the University of Washington and has been working in clay ever since graduating.
VIT, say,"veet", is Swedish for "white". Nelson also studied in Sweden and speaks Swedish, so the name seemed natural for her range detailed with thin, white stripes. VIT ceramics focuses on form rather than pattern and is available in a variety of colors including black and white, The sensibility is Scandinavian, practical yet soft and grew from a desire to simplify.
VIT lamp bases are made in the same white clay body as original Kri Kri. Nelson returns to her roots as a sculptor using the ancient coil and pinch technique to create organic modern forms. From each original shape a plaster mold is made and multiples are cast. Painting the bases by hand and applying each white stripe by squeezing slip from a tube ensures that each piece is unique. The lamps are finished with high quality hardware and can be topped with either a simple neutral shade or one that is handmade in rice paper from Insatiable Studios.
Kristin enjoys working in the round on the larger shapes, so this collection of contemporary pottery continues to grow.
VIT tableware is Nelson's first foray into porcelain and is more durable than the low fire clay she has worked in for years producing Kri Kri ceramics. The five modern dinnerware pieces include a dinner plate, salad plate, small bowl, large bowl and mug. Like the lamps and vases, each piece has been hand formed and then a mold is made. One can see the artist's hand in the subtly textured surface of the resulting dishes. VIT ceramics tableware is dishwasher safe; suitable for everyday use. Nelson finds it stimulating and refreshing to be moving in a new direction with porcelain.