Paper Maché Vessels - Susan Dwyer

It's kind of crazy just how much I enjoy coming across unusual handmade paper bowls. This collection is delightfully elegant, and I would imagine, nearly as light as air.

Aqua Fade Bowl

Artist Susan Dwyer of Chicago uses thin strips of recycled and repurposed paper along with wheat paste to create the ethereal beauties.

Yellow Fade Bowl

She brings dimension to the vessels by applying vivid rubber to the interior or surface color via a dipping method.

Peach Fade Vessel

Their refined lines argue well against the thick, rough image that typically comes to mind upon hearing the term paper maché. In fact, this pair reminds me of gently cracked eggshells, albeit ones that have been turned inside out!

Aqua Color Burst Bowls

Susan also creates stylish ceramic pieces for the home, and shows her sculptural work at Read more about her process in this fine interview at Mint Style Studio.

Ann Martin
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  1. Ann, what a lovely set of delicately crafted bowls by Susan. I love how Susan has used colour in her bowls and their shapes. You have a keen eye for handcrafted seen in previous blog entries showing Bigitte and Natalie's handcrafted bowls. Thanks for bringing us the world of paper closer to us paper maniacs!

  2. Gorgeous! I love the colours that she has used.

  3. Those are just gorgeous! I love seeing a medium used to create such pretty works of art.

  4. So beautiful.
    I made also some.
    You can see it on my blog:

  5. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing Susan's bowls.

  6. Hey Ann,

    This indeed is inspiring...looks light, elegant and serene...

    Paper is truly magical...The more I explore, the more I fall in love with it..

    -May ART be with you.

  7. So pretty. I love the colors of the first bowl. :)


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