Although distinct in their practice and technique, Iva Haas, Doug Herren, and Cecilie Manz are united through their uncompromising craftsmanship. With modern sensibilities, the functional works reveal the internal expression of each maker.
Iva Haas was born during the separation war of Yugoslavia in 1993 and came to the United States from Belgrade, Serbia in 2013. A graduate of the Rhodes Island School of Design, she is currently a long-term artist and resident of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Haas’s work often defies description, and as the artist states herself, “The sculptures are pure pleasure combined with absurdity and represent me as much as what I love and repel.”
Doug Herren is known for his brightly painted large-scale ceramic sculptures that are hybrids of industrial equipment and traditional wheel-thrown pottery. Many of the sculptures appear to be constructed from machine parts or iron works that have been reconfigured with bolts or rivets and repainted to look anew. Herren’s work is included in the collections of the International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy; the Yenggi Museum of Taipei; the Museum of Ceramics Quran, Alcora, Spain; Kamm Teapot Collection, Sparta, NC; Fuller Art Museum, Brockton, MA.
Cecilie Manz is a leading Danish designer named Designer of the Year 2018 by Maison et Objet in Paris and recipient of the E. Kold Christensen’s Award of Honour, Finn Juhls Architectural Prize 2007 and Bruno Mathsson Prize 2009. Awarding her the Crown Prince Couple’s Culture Prize in 2014, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark commented: “The fascinating thing about Cecilie Manz’s design is that despite the diversity of her work, there is a clearly discernible tone. The basic idea is always strong, evoking associations with historical realizations in design while clearly reflecting the present.”