In the Studio with Susanna Salk and Vladimir Kanevsky

When House Beautiful suggested we visit the studio of celebrated porcelain artist Vladimir Kanevsky (who Charlotte Moss chose to feature in her guest-edited November issue), Susanna Salk and I had no idea we would be heading to Fort Lee, New Jersey. But a quick trip over the George Washington bridge and we were immediately immersed in the otherwordly beauty of Vladimir’s oeuvre, where nature comes alive through his exquisite creations. It is no wonder that luxury shops and top tastemakers around the globe collect his work. Join us as Susanna goes behind the scenes with Vladimir to get a glimpse of his artistic process and inspiration.

Although trained as an architect, Vladimir professes to a life-long love of botanics. Starting with a tableware project for designer Howard Slatkin’s former NYC shop over twenty years ago, his work found an instant audience. He moved on to flowers and it was actually Charlotte Moss who purchased his first lily of the valley.

Vladimir KanevskySince then, design icons and style makers from Oscar de la Renta and Carolyne Roehm to Deeda Blair and the late Alberto Pinto all became collectors. Pinto, who discovered Vladimir in Paris (he sells to Dior there), commissioned an entire table service, a piece of which Vladimir showed us below.

Vladimir Kanevsky

Vladimir finds inspiration everywhere – from past and present, art and nature, from his backyard to around the world. He often visits the NY Botanical Garden or the Metropolitan Museum, sketchbook in hand, formulating ideas, such as the structure for a table service, below.

Vladimir KanevskyBut technology is part of the process as well. Here Vladimir works on the details of a porcelain embellished mirror for Charlotte.

Vladimir KanevskyBut it is his remarkable flowers that have brought him fame. Meticulous research and painstaking execution bring life and vitality to his work. It is a marvelous melding of realism and artistic interpretation,

Vladimir Kanevsky

Vladimir Kanevsky

with magnificent results, such as Charlotte’s lovely lilacs, below,

Vladimir Kanevsky

or these heavenly hyacinths.

Vladimir Kanevsky

Major exhibitions, on top of his regular workload, have been keeping Vladimir working 24 hours a day, with wife/manager Edita assuring the creative process progresses smoothly. A collaboration with historic porcelain manufacturer Meissen yielded a limited edition of “eternal flowers” for the 300 year old company. And a large upcoming show in Moscow will include, among other pieces, the artichoke table service featured in the video. But of course Vladimir had time for Charlotte, a long time patron, who commissioned a special project for her House Beautiful November issue (national on-sale date October 22), bringing together her love of flowers, art, food and history. It’s one more layer to the art of living!

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17 Responses to In the Studio with Susanna Salk and Vladimir Kanevsky

  1. Pure love for his metier. Perfection.
    Thank you for this fantastic post.

  2. Jennifer says:

    His work is simply stunning! The lilacs are amazing.

  3. The hyacinths are breathtaking. That’s exactly how my real hyacinths look every first day of Spring, March 21st.

  4. BJ says:

    Just fabulous work – thank you for showing his work.

  5. Abigail says:

    Absolutely sensational. I have always wondered about Vlad, and his work. Simply stunning.

    One of your best pieces!

  6. D2zen says:

    You share remarkable subjects. I’ve been crazy about his work and am happy to learn more. You and Susanna are the BEST!

  7. An art after my own heart! Amazing talent and sensitivity. Just delightful!!! Thank you for the studio tour. LOVELY ox

  8. susan niblo says:

    Such beauty in my own backyard! You just cost me money again with another great blog. THANK YOU!!!

  9. Howard Slatki says:

    Brilliant post & video, you captured Vladimir and his work to perfection. Thank you for another great Salk-Bewkes- Quintessence post, you are the best!

  10. Charlotte Moss says:

    Thank you ladies for capturing the animated , humorous & artistic Vladimir. We love him and love what you did.

  11. Obsessed!!! Adore seeing the care and talent artisans like Vladimir bring to their work. You are bringing studio visits to our desktops- how wonderful!!!

  12. These are beautiful – they remind me of antiques I have seen in the V&A museum in London.

  13. Beth Scanlon says:

    I have now visited Mr. Kanevsky’s studio with You three times; thank you, thank you, thank you.

  14. pve says:

    Just amazing. Thanks for sharing such fragile works of art. I love porcelain.

  15. This was news worthy and nicely written. Thank you

  16. Karena says:

    So amazing, these delicate, perfect works of art.
    I love to see the the many faces of art! Thank you!

    Art by Karena

  17. Lena says:

    How can these floweers be purchased?
    Thank you

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