KleinReid was founded in Brooklyn New York, in 1993 by James Klein and David Reid. A pioneer in ceramic design and the maker movement, the studio marries timeless art-pottery methods and time-honored industrial techniques.
The influential workshop is renowned for its elegant shapes, translucent porcelain, artisanal glazes, design integrity and impeccable craftsmanship. As it always has been, all work is made “from scratch” — hand produced and hand glazed in-house.
KleinReid’s refined style has attracted a following and its wares are sought by collectors, museums and politicians – including two past presidents (not that one). But the majority is owned by people seeking to enhance their surroundings and elevate the everyday with finely crafted, forms. KleinReid’s pieces have been extensively shown in gallery and museum exhibitions, and retail in design stores and stylish boutiques worldwide. As taste-makers, James and David have designed collections in ceramic, metal, glass and wood for prestigious firms including Herman Miller, Room&Board, Dansk and West Elm, and have been profiled in national and international shelter, fashion and design periodicals, and on television.
In 1999 the duo approached one of its heroes, design legend Eva Zeisel (then 93) with a proposal to collaborate. Their work together over the last twelve years of Ms. Zeisel’s life spawned a collection of over 20 designs, a treasured friendship, and brought her iconic work to a new generation.
For more than 25 years James and David have made a living designed and hand-crafting vessels, lighting, prints and objet, supported by those who wish to use and live with their work. They’re honored and humbled by that. They share a personal vision to create what they love and each new collection elegantly conveys goals that have remained consistent since KleinReid’s inception: thoughtful design, fine craftsmanship and lasting beauty.