Breaking the Mold

More scientist than potter, Chris Fanjul experiments with  materials to transform  plateware beyond the functional saucers you’ll find in your cabinet. Look no further than the pieces he’s fired for Taylor Knapp’s Greenport pop-up PawPaw. Informed by Knapp’s foraging-inspired fare, structures include what Fanjul described as a raindrop-imprinted “shard of clay that I’d left out in the rain accidentally” resulting in the “raindrop plate.” There is a simple mug with a black sand-encrusted thumbprint “right where you naturally want to put your thumb.” And a plate molded on an overturned fire pit pocked with the grate’s ashy lattice. His work is more than a vessel for food and drink, but an experience that invites you to participate in the object, whether it be your digit brushing the course sandy texture of a cup or questioning whether eating off a moss-lined bowl improves the taste of a forest-inspired dish. Want this experience for yourself? His work can be found at shops throughout the East End as well as online at chrisfanjul.com, ranging from $30 to $300.