Words by Lindsey Mather, AD CLEVER
If Ariel were to redecorate her grotto, she would surely include one of Morgan Peck's mirrors. Her whimsical, handcrafted creations are most definitely treasures, and they also happen to be inspired by the sea: "Looking at colours below and above the water, the collection is filled with pinks from silky sea anemones, bright whites of barnacles, and sky blues," says a statement about her collection. "Constellation-like barnacle textures spread over mirrors in the same way they grow over unmoving any surface in the water." The Disney princess would have us to contend with us though, because we want every last piece for our own apartments.
Each piece takes the California-based artist five to seven weeks to make by hand. The process begins with a humble clay slab, which Morgan rolls out using a vintage steam roller her uncle used in the 1970s, then cuts into the necessary shapes. Next up is adding the scattering of indentations. "For the barnacle texture I use both ends of a needle tool—the thin pinpoint side and the cylindrical handle—to make the differing impressions," Morgan says. After that, she assembles the clay pieces to create the mirror, which she lets dry for a week or so. Then it's off to the kiln, not once but twice, with a glazing in between. All this for one single mirror. This incredible effort and thought is what makes handcrafted products more expensive, but also way more worth it than a big-box buy. We're putting our money where our mouths are.