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Clate Grunden

Embracing natural forms that are uniquely designed and crafted. Organic quality that feels like it comes from the earth - embracing the imperfections.

Discover the world of Clate Grunden

Imperfect perfection

In terms of style, Clate’s creations came to life through instinct. The ceramic designs are born out of the “drippie” sculptures (Drippies; miniature sculptures made of sand and water evoking a primordial tower or ancient castle) from his childhood.

Inspiration is drawn from the diversity of the Southern California landscape; the beach, the mountains, the desert, palm trees, succulents, Joshua trees, and driftwood. In addition to nature, Clate draws a lot of the character and structure of his creations from mid-century architecture and furnishings.

“Everything I do is hand built using either slab construction or hand-rolled coils. When building, I like to focus on the inherent quality of the clay, allowing it to take on an organic quality that feels like it comes from the earth. I like to embrace the imperfections.”

Clate’s interest is not in making something that is perfect but wants his hands to be visible, each piece to be unique and the work to have a soul.

Please contact us for further information or a get-together. 

Master craftsman • Proven savoir faire

Appreciation of natural imperfections

Modern and brutalist feel with a focus on being organic and handmade in turn ensuring each piece is unique.

All of Clate’s pieces are crafted by hand from his workshop in California by Clate himself. Each product is inherently unique given the construction qualities but this also means that there is scope to customise the lighting including the finish, mounting and shade.

Customisable collection

In addition to his standard collection, Clate has create bespoke work for some of the world’s finest residences and yachts. His collaborative spirit has led to the development of work for hospitality application in suites at the Four Seasons Bora Bora, and beyond.

We hold a beautiful sample set that can be (seen here) that can be viewed in the Nusom apartment or alternatively we can discuss your requirements over a get together.