This Olive branch dish from the Bronzed Botanical Collection takes its inspiration from the intricacies of form and texture found in foliage from around the world. By interpreting plant forms in cast metal, Michael Aram presents art which is evocative of a natural environment transformed and redefined. Don’t you love the idea of an object’s function being reflected in its form?
The Olive Branch Dish holds olives … it’s a perfect reflection of this poetic symmetry. However, use your imagination and you can place other items into the bowl as well. The bowl is hand hammered stainless steel and has an oxidized bronze olive branch.
Description: 4.5" diameter, Stainless Steel, Oxidized Bronze
Each Michael Aram metal object undergoes a series of grinding, buffing and polishing techniques. Variations or ‘imperfections’ in the product’s finish are characteristic of the creation process. Due to this handmade nature, no two pieces are ever exactly alike.
Wash promptly after use.
- Avoid any detergent with lemon or other acidic agents.
- Dishwashers with “delicate” or “china” cycle settings are recommended.
- Do not run through a heat drying or rinse-hold cycle.
- To maintain original patina , hand wash using soft sponge and dry with a soft cloth.
- Dry immediately with a soft cloth to avoid spotting and pitting.
- As with all metal, never place in microwave oven.
Michael Aram is an American born artist who works primarily in metal. After studying fine art and living as an artist in New York in the late 1980’s, Aram took what would later be a life-altering trip to India where he discovered rich metalworking traditions. Inspired to work with craftsmen whose skills he felt were greatly untapped, Aram turned his creative energies towards craft based design, setting up a home and workshop in New Delhi.
Aram’s work reflects humanity through the directness of the handmade process, as each piece is lovingly made using age old traditional techniques. The artisan nature of the work imbues it with a soulful quality and an energy, which Aram feels is only possible with work, which reflects the hand of the maker. This energy is further enhanced by the tension of line, form, and meaning that is characteristic of Aram’s work. As extraordinary objects, they cause us to pause and consider them, and therefore create a sense of ritual and ceremony in their day to day use.
Bridging the gap between the artist and artisan is a hallmark of Michael Aram’s work. Each piece is entirely hand made with no two examples ever exactly the same. The handmade quality of the work allows it to shift beautifully between the realm of fine and decorative art. This enduring mélange of quality and originality sits comfortably at home in contemporary as well as in more classical interiors.
Appropriately, in Hindi, “aram” means 'gently, with peace, with love and care, repeating this direction mantra-like to the craftsmen, Aram succeeds in making high quality work, which is as much a personal statement, as it’s appeal, is universal.