Thursday, October 15, 2015

Paradise Valley

"Paradise Valley" (day and night)
Porcelain, handcut paper, LEDs, wood, plexiglass
28" x 26" x 10"
Made in collaboration with Chris Vorhees, currently on view at The Sculpture Center

Sunday, September 20, 2015

street cred

We have some cool studio vibes happening with all our recent neon projects... more in the works.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

in the works

We are currently working on a series of vases, made in collaboration with painter Amanda Valdez. This collaboration started at Watershed this summer, and will continue over the next couple of months. The idea is combine both of our painting styles along with thrown forms to create one off pieces that reflect our individual practice but read as something in between art and design. These are just a couple examples of the first pieces made at Watershed.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

future retrieval x chris vorhees

Last summer while at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts we made an ode to 2001:A Space Odyssey with Chris Vorhees, who is an amazing fabricator and artist. The final project is a monolith on wheels, that opens to reveal a room in an alternate future. This piece was shipped from Omaha to Cincinnati, and we haven't shown it to anyone. We are very excited to announce that finally have a show lined up at The Sculpture Center in Cleveland opening in mid September, where we will debut this piece along with several new works that have a space(ey) feel.

Saturday, July 11, 2015


We recently finished 60 polaroid lithophanes for The Carnegie's summer CSA program. The image was taken at Joshua Tree, where we spent time while on a cross country road trip a couple summers ago. This is our tiny homage.

Friday, July 10, 2015

back to glaze

Mike had been testing glazes all summer making it super exciting to unload a kiln these days. Also - Mike is finally using instagram!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


We are currently working with Jordan Tate on a series of pieces that combine both of our interests - decorative objects seen through a photographic lens and output through alternative means. None of us quite know where is this is going which is what keeps the images interesting.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

working in the studio

Mike's eyes are saying "you better not post this on instagram".
Side note: you should totally follow us on instagram - @katieparker101 and @guymdavis

Thursday, May 21, 2015

the aforementioned porcelain plant forms

Mike took some amazing photos of our growing (ha!) bonsai and plant collection. We have a couple new shapes in the works, that will start to mix with our hand cut paper pieces very soon.

Monday, May 18, 2015

hand cut paper landscapes

We are working on a new landscape series - using hand cut paper backgrounds that sort of mimic block printed wallpaper. These landscapes will be combined with porcelain plant forms to create a 1960s/future scenic (hopefully). 

Monday, April 27, 2015

21C Durham - White Light by Future Retrieval

A few installation images above of "White Light" for 21C Durham. This project is our largest to date, and we are so proud of the final results. We installed 18 porcelain, neon, and cut paper chandeliers above the bar in the Counting House, (21C Durham's in house restaurant) along with 450 balls of die cut paper bunting. Insane.

until we get back to Durham...  a couple more photos found online of The Counting House bar in full swing.

Friday, April 17, 2015

future bonsai

"An Epic Drama of Adventure and Exploration" 
porcelain, neon, wood, and Formica
70" x 48" x 22"
On view at Clay Street Press until early May. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

handmade in china II

We are getting our pieces together for Handmade in China II, which opens this Friday at Clay Street Press in Cincinnati. The lithophane above is our largest to date, and we are messing around with colored neon backgrounds to make the image a little more ominous.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lamination Proclamation

A new take on the ovals, this time with Formica!

Monkey Flutist

Symmetry and is on the mind in the studio, probably still something about Kubrick and surrealism, plus we are already preparing for the year of the monkey.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

patiently waiting

On our bonsais that are currently on the slow boat from China. We just finished up a giant install in Durham NC along with a solo show in Ann Arbor MI, and so the itch begins to start something new. Any day now seven boxes of new work will magically arrive, so until then...

Sunday, February 1, 2015


currently in the studio - a minor obsession with gold leaf

Friday, January 16, 2015

new york ceramics fair 2015

Our bonsai sculptures are heading to the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair next week courtesy of Ferrin Contemporary and Made in China: The New Export Ware. We made this work 3 weeks ago (!) in Jingdezhen China, which is totally insane because these pieces have been on the road ever since. This is the beginning of a new line of work with a sci-fi feel, which will become more apparent as we start to flesh out backgrounds and display. 
"Bonsai, From '93 Till #1 and #2"