Ana Corrigan’s sculptural ceramic lamps take over Instagram
Captivated by the multi-faceted nature of lighting and spatial design, Corrigan found herself moving away from household items and playing with alluring shapes to enliven spaces. “I am still so new to this world. To get my name out there, I shamelessly emailed people I wanted to collaborate with—sometimes more than 20 times a day—until they eventually responded. It was a lesson in humility!”
The manufacture of each custom piece requires total concentration and is physically demanding. “I usually buy 200 pounds of clay at a time. Once everything is rolled (an ancient pottery method of meticulously rolling the clay), I let it all dry. After sanding the piece to get the desired shape, she then puts it twice in a kiln (the first firing is called a bisque firing) to extract the moisture, then glazing takes place.In total, this is a process that can take up to a month to produce a single lamp.
What is it about working with clay and lighting that she finds so exhilarating? “It’s a cool way to bridge the gap between conceptual or sculptural art and something that can be used to illuminate a personal space,” says Ana. “I feel honored to know that my work exists in this way.”
Understandably, the lines between art and fashion are often blurred in Corrigan’s world. Last May, she created five bespoke sculptures for Aritzia and had her first installation at the now closed Los Angeles gallery, Tase. “It was a pleasure to contribute and work on such amazing projects.” As for what the future holds for the artist? Expect to see more of its homewares and furniture on display in public areas. “I am delighted to explore this avenue a little further. I want to make pieces that can exist inside restaurants and outside.