Born in 1952 in Woodbridge, Connecticut, Dorothy Hafner is an artist and designer who first experimented with paintings on porcelain in 1976. She went on to become a ceramics designer for the German company Rosenthal and for elegant retailers such as Tiffany and Co. in NYC and Neiman Marcus in Dallas. For many years she also designed ceramic works in her own studio, such as this platter in her "Kyoto Homage" series. Ms. Hafner has won many awards for her works, which are part of the permanent collections of many museums (list below). In addition, she has had numerous exhibitions at prominent galleries and her work is featured in books on ceramics, including textbooks.
This gorgeous decorative platter is a harmony of apricot, gray blue, turquoise, white, black and mauve in a collection of dots, stripes and geometric shapes. It measures 10 inches square and weighs 1 pound, 8 ounces. The mostly unglazed reverse is signed Hafner with the copyright mark and 1980. It's in outstanding condition, with just the expected marks on the unglazed portion of the reverse.
This sleek and sophisticated platter, done in early postmodern Memphis style, is a delight to the eye and will warm any art lover’s heart.
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
Los Angeles County Museum Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Berlin
Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada, (Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, Washington DC
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse
Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL
J. Patrick Lannan Foundation, Palm Beach, FL
Gracie Mansion, New York, NY
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Denver Museum of Art, Denver, COert in London.
Please visit the website www.dorothyhafner.com for additional information.