I’ve always been interested in handmade objects that are functional and that acknowledge the importance of good design. Well-crafted objects enrich the lives of both the maker and user. When I finished graduate school at Rhode Island School of Design, a fellow classmate and I started Butter+Toast Ceramics. Our artisan-based company produced expressive slip-cast tableware and home accessories influenced, in part, by the architecture of Antonio Gaudi.
A few years after starting Butter + Toast, our company evolved that sensibility into lighting and founded Altamira Lighting - introducing other materials such as wood, metal, resin and fabric into lamps and pendants. I continue to produce variations of those pieces as well as develop new designs.
Another aspect of my own design and making is found in my engagement with students at RISD for the past 30 years through the Industrial Design Dept. and Experimental and Foundation Studies.
Michael R. Lamar