Meet Katie Stout, the Newly-Appointed Winner of HGTV Show Ellen’s Design Challenge
The collaboration of Katie Stout and Sean Gerstley combines the former’s flair for bright colors and strong forms with the latter’s distinct handmade ceramics. Stout, a Brooklyn-based artist and designer, often works with collaborators, such as Gerstley, whose ceramics recall the meticulousness and medium-bending work of Ron Nagle. In their collaborative lamps, Gertsley molds clay into geometric outlines or shaped mounds conceived by Stout. Gertsley’s fingerprints leave a trace of the maker, while bright, monochromatic glazes lend the work a cheerful and pop sensibility. The absence of a shade further distances the lamps from any notion of classical design. “I want my work to make people happy,” Stout has said.