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How An Atlanta Ceramicist’s Light Fixtures Embrace Imperfection

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Creative at heart, artisan Dana Castle waited decades to pursue her passion for ceramics as a career.

While taking art classes at Ignacio Ramírez Center in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Dana Castle had a revelation. “At the time, I was studying pre-Columbian art and I noticed a lot of the objects were utilitarian,” the Atlanta ceramicist recalls. “That was when I started to feel that art is beautiful, and beauty has its purpose, but I wanted art to be beautiful and have a purpose.”

Dana Castle's studio wall tacked with inspirational pictures, words and objects

As evidenced in her Atlanta studio, Castle is constantly combing the world for inspiration.

Dana Castle's studio wall tacked with inspirational pictures, words and objects

As evidenced in her Atlanta studio, Castle is constantly combing the world for inspiration.

A white room with a tall standing sculpture and a dancing ceiling sculpture, illuminated by bulbs

Her art form is lighting, but her medium is stoneware clay. The material brings an especially artful quality to items traditionally thought of as utilitarian.

A white room with a tall standing sculpture and a dancing ceiling sculpture, illuminated by bulbs

Her art form is lighting, but her medium is stoneware clay. The material brings an especially artful quality to items traditionally thought of as utilitarian.

Stoneware sculpture hanging from the ceiling and a three-dimensional work leaning against the wall

A multistrand stoneware chandelier dangles from the ceiling of Castle’s creative space.

Stoneware sculpture hanging from the ceiling and a three-dimensional work leaning against the wall

A multistrand stoneware chandelier dangles from the ceiling of Castle’s creative space.

Dana Castle shaping clay by hand

Shaping the clay by hand produces the imperfections she…



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