Shane Gabier Puts His Colorful, Collectible Ceramics on Show in Portland


Shane Gabier, the co-founder and co-designer of fashion label Creatures of the Wind, has a show on his mind. But it doesn’t involve a runway, models, or any of those late night, last minute, can’t we just go to bed now fittings. Instead, he is thinking about the eighteen new examples of his increasingly collectable ceramics, which he sells under his name Shane Gabier, and that he has lovingly packed up to send to Portland, Oregon, to present at Spartan Shop, the city’s cultish and rather fabulous gallery/store space. The invitation came after he’d met the owner, Currie Person, via Instagram. The show opens Saturday, October 23rd. (And if you can’t make it to Portland, you can shop for Gabier at Spartan Shop here.)

Gabier hasn’t entirely walked away from fashion; Creatures of the Wind still buzzes away in his head from time to time, and his life and design partner Chris Peters has his own label, CDLM. Still, Gabier has chosen to channel his creative impulses into exploring new interiors-focused realms, most notably with those ceramics of his. They are intriguing, monumental, brutalist vessels and objects like bookends, glazed in a color palette that can go from being as soft as a cygnet’s wing to as vivid as a punkish No Wave record sleeve, their hues amplified by his work’s curving, mind-bending geometry. The pieces are named the likes of Hexagon, Clover, and Sakura, et al, with their monickers arriving from whatever he and Peters call them at home. And the runs of his designs are small, with most being one-offs.

Some of Gabier’s pieces already on display at Spartan Shop in Portland, OR. Image: Courtesy of Shane Gabier/Spartan Shop.

Photo: Courtesy of Shane Gabier/Spartan Shop.

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