Reaperware was born out of an idea of simplicity: to be able to make functional objects that fulfill the maker as well as the user. To provide a service that gave an aesthetic ‘vibe’ without feeling fussy, precious, and non useful.
Adam Miller, a gallerist who owns The Pit and an artist as well, began making larger ceramic forms relatively recently, a break from his practice that previously included painting and sculpture. A longtime fan of the form (having once worked in Sterling Ruby’s studio where he assisted in ceramic production), he became entranced with the tactile nature of the practice, and found the making process to be liberating; something apart from the theory-driven nature of painting.
He grew a ceramic practice under the urging of renowned ceramicist Tony Marsh, and is creating objects currently that straddle the line between art, design, and craft, noting that working with clay breaks down the hierarchical nature of those three disciplines. His ceramic work is currently represented internationally by The Future Perfect.
In the process of creating these larger scale ceramic works, an idea evolved: why not make the goods we all need to use? Reaperware has evolved from this idea - actually meaningful objects imbued with a handmade quality.
Each piece throughout the collection is singular, as each one is handmade in conjunction with Grace Ha, the lead fabricator for Reaperware. That said, each piece is meant to be used, and actually enjoyed, and not just an adornment for a table setting.
The name? The name is a nod to Adam’s youth which, like many of us, included metal, punk, goth, new wave and pulp horror films. The logo was created in collaboration with his young son, River, who was drawing ghosts, and Adam started to draw alongside and the Reaper was born. A tongue in cheek reminder to be in the moment, and not take any of this too seriously. Serve yourself, serve your friends, enjoy your time together, and repeat!
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