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Simone Bodmer-Turner’s “A Year Without a Kiln” Exhibition: A Journey of Transition and Inspiration

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Simone Bodmer-Turner, celebrated for her exquisite ceramic creations, embarks on a new artistic odyssey with her latest exhibition, “A Year Without a Kiln,” hosted at the Emma Scully Gallery in New York. Departing from her customary medium of ceramics, Bodmer-Turner delves into a diverse array of materials including bronze, wood, lacquer, and silk, crafting a collection that serves as a testament to her evolving creative journey.


The exhibition, curated to emulate the intimacy of the designer’s own living room, offers a glimpse into Bodmer-Turner’s inner landscape during a period of profound transition and creative exploration. As she transitioned from her Brooklyn studio to a rustic Massachusetts farmhouse, Bodmer-Turner found herself without access to her trusty kiln, prompting her to embrace alternative mediums and processes.

The showcased pieces, ranging from slip-covered sofas to hand-sculpted bronze lamps, bear the hallmark of Bodmer-Turner‘s distinctive biomorphic and sinewy style, paying homage to the artistic legacies of luminaries such as Alexander Calder and Isamu Noguchi. Each object serves as a marker in a transformative year, resonating with a sense of kinetic curiosity and personal history.

Bodmer-Turner’s collaboration with artisans and craftsmen, including Laura Pepper and Yuko Gunji, imbues the collection with a rich tapestry of cultural influences, seamlessly blending New England craftsmanship with Japanese artistry. The result is a harmonious fusion of tradition and innovation, where each material and motif carries a profound personal significance.

At its core, “A Year Without a Kiln” is a celebration of homecoming and placemaking, as Bodmer-Turner reflects on the profound influence of space on both artistic expression and personal identity. Through her meticulously crafted furniture pieces and decorative objects, she invites viewers to embark on a journey of memory, creativity, and pleasure, infusing her living space with a palpable sense of warmth and vitality.


As visitors wander through the exhibition, they are transported into Bodmer-Turner’s world—a world where Parisian streets intertwine with the tranquility of the New England countryside, and where every object serves as a talisman of inspiration and remembrance. “A Year Without a Kiln” is not simply an exhibition; it is a testament to resilience, adaptability, and the transformative power of creativity.


With “A Year Without a Kiln,” Simone Bodmer-Turner invites us to reimagine the possibilities of artistic expression and find beauty amid transition. Her journey reminds us that creativity knows no bounds and that home is not merely a physical space but a soul sanctuary.

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