LGS was founded in 2014 by artists Thomas Renaud and Noel Hennessy.
Our practice is rooted in the principal of creating thoughtfully designed collections within a range of lighting, home accents and sculptural vessels. We use wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques to express our vision and draw inspiration from both natural and architectural design elements. We see our work as “New Relics”, objects that balance both past and future.
It was a single ceramics class in college where Thomas first realized his passion for working with clay, only to come to fruition 15 years later. Those in-between years were spent working in the fast-paced world of marketing and communications in New York and Los Angeles. Self-taught and driven by his entrepreneurial spirit and desire to fulfill his passion, Thomas left marketing, dedicating himself to developing a ceramics practice.
Noel studied painting, photography and sculpture at School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before moving to New York in 2001. He was the founder of the ubiquitous St Helens Cafe & SAVED gallery of Art and Craft pioneering early Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Since then he has worked as an Art Director and Prop Stylist fro a variety of clients and brands on both the East and West Coasts.
All of our work is made here in our Los Angeles studio.
Studded CollectionThe Studded Series is comprised of vessels and lighting that embody a rebellious approach to ceramic design. Each piece is created with brutal, punk tones reflective of our primitive human history that bridges a gap from past to future and underlines the role ceramics have played in human culture.
While this series pays homage to an ancient world, the designs have a language all their own, bringing them into the contemporary world of individualism.
The Studded Series, made of wheel thrown bodies and spikes that are all cut, shaped and applied by hand, has an impressive and bold stature that has been compared to medieval weapons, sea creatures and vessels from antiquity.
The Tephra Collection is inspired by the power of nature and childhood memories of the Pacific Northwest and growing up in the aftermath of the Mount St. Helens volcanic explosion.
Tephra is a vesicular volcanic rock that is created during an eruption and blankets the landscape. Life on the west coast is peppered with physical reminders of the dynamic world that is bubbling just under the surface. Ancient mountains carved by glaciers, lava flows frozen in time, earth quakes and living volcanoes are all part of day-to-day life.
The shapes and subtle curves of the ceramic forms we created to embody this dynamism are reminiscent of late 60’s and 70’s silhouettes with a contemporary edge. Each piece is wheel thrown and meticulously carved by hand then layered with multiple stains and glazes to create the desired effect. The result is a body of unique objects just as you would find in nature, no two exactly alike.
We designed this collection to honor and evoke memories and landscapes of the places we call home. The Tephra Collection are collectable objects to create conversations around the table and in your life.
Photo: Allison Zaucha for The LA Times