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Winged

If unevenness and imperfect shape provide character to a humble terracotta bowl, what constitutes the definition of a jar beauty? When we launched our first collection of restored earthenwares, we were instantly smitten by the bold shapes of our first jars. But as we find more interesting to atypical shapes to restore and recreate from knolls of broken terracotta pieces, we began to wonder why we were deeply, madly falling in love with jars. Sure, its collars, in different thickness, make the look more preppy and exact. Sure, its shapes, in different widths, give the most pronounced visual statement. But for us, it is its pair of handles that allows a good jar to fly. Uneven or identical, its pair...

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Held

In our continuing journey to find atypical and interesting shapes from knolls of broken terracotta pieces, we found a burgeoning love affair with bowls. Despite being a very challenging shape, a bowl is a pure wonder in terms of beauty and purpose that can hold beyond a plant. A deep bowl can hold fruits for nourishment or a set of favorite holiday balls to spark merriment. A disk bowl can sit on a stack of art books for an elevated visual or hold a cake for celebration. An uneven flat bowl can hold one’s everyday essentials or simply sit still on a console table to elicit spatial serenity. And when it is carefully sculpted from a natural material, it shows...

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Textured

At Gaan, we have always been conscious of the impact of materials in re-creating an experience and hopefully, reinvigorating spatial and visual relaxation. In architectural landmarks like churches and monasteries, silent halls are made of natural materials with interesting textures that trigger personal emotional definitions of solitude and peace. Without any guidance or passage, the human body through the hands explores the “world” through the sense of touch that slowly brings out different sensations and emotions anchored on personal memories. For our fourth collection of pots, jars, and bowls, we carefully explore the art of creating forms that can increase our natural sensitivity to tactility. Using defined lines and careful carvings to create textures, we hope to help spark visual...

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Unearthed

After the successful launches of both our Restored and Flawsome collections, we were deeply moved by our growing Gaan tribe’s support and kind words to continuously work on what is available but broken, thrown away, and abandoned. In our creative pursuit of restoring broken and loose pieces with lovely flaws, we found more knolls of unwanted earthenwares. For each found knoll, we carefully dug out irregularly to atypically shaped terracotta pieces with curious cracks, indicative of the hands which held them and the time they silently collected dirt. Using different techniques on assembling parts, texturing surfaces, and painting materials, we transformed each abandoned or broken piece into a new shape of beauty and function. Attentively and thoughtfully restored and enhanced,...

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Flawsome

For our third Gaan collection, we revisit the time when small trays and bedside tables, before the popular era of console and nesting tables, are lovingly curated with fine personal things to wish a person good health and wellness.

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