Light & Ladder

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Brooklyn’s Light & Ladder focuses on two things; pots and hooks. That’s it. And they do it exquisitely!

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Hex Spora w/ Maple Base, $32
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Set of 4 Brass Hooks, $180
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Set of 3 porcelain + leather hanging planters, $135
Covas Flower Vase, $42
Covas Flower Vase, $42
Set of 4 Brass Hex Hooks, $180
Set of 4 Brass Hex Hooks, $180
Archromo Stoneware Cactus Planter – Blue Ash color, $50

Yahalomis Ceramics

Discovered these exquisite ceramics from Yahalomis,  a brand founded by a Tel-Aviv based pair of designer-makers. Love the simple yet unique forms and dusty, matte finish. (As always, click to shop!)

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Vase, $95
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Set of 2 Planters, $33
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Flower Vase, $30
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Set of 2 Lava Stone + Ceramic Candlesticks, $105 

French Pottery

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I was in London having lunch at La Fromagerie, when I became distracted from my delicious beet salad by rows and rows of shelves filled with the most remarkable pottery. Simple, but perfect. Turns out, it was an assortment of Les Guimards Stoneware that the owner had collected. Les Guimards is a family-owned workshop founded in 1976 in Burgundy, France that builds on the pottery tradition of the region with understated pieces for an elegant and cozy table. I fantasized about tossing out every plate and bowl in my kitchen and replacing them with these lovely treasures, but settled on three pieces to call my own.

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Lucky for Us!

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Simple, organic, understated… that’s how I’d describe these beautiful ceramic pieces by The Netherlands artist, Margriet Kramer. (as always, click to shop!)

So my products are not perfect. Perfection doesn’t suit me, not in my house, not in my lifestyle, not in my ceramic products. Infact: imperfection is beauty to me!

Little Plate 8cm, $12
Little Plate 8cm, $12
White Mug, $22
White Mug, $22
Matte White Oval Plate, $29
Matte White Oval Plate, $29
White Plate 12 cm, $22
White Plate 12 cm, $22
Set of 2 Plates, $54
Set of 2 Plates, $54
White Mugs, $22
White Mugs, $22

Splatter(every)ware

Things are getting a little messy – all splotchy and splattered!

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Fantastic Frank
Hinson - Navy on White Splatter Wallpaper
Hinson – Navy on White Splatter Wallpaper
Dyke & Dean - Flying Scotsman Gray Marble English Ceramic Light, £570
Dyke & Dean – Flying Scotsman Gray Marble English Ceramic Light, £570
Koromiko - Blue Plate, $74
Koromiko – Blue Plate, $74
Agnes Trachet - Green Splash Pillow, $20
Agnes Trachet – Green Splash Pillow, $20
Evens - Splatter Clutch, $55
Evens – Splatter Clutch, $55
Pinch Design - ‘Noelle’ sofa upholstered in ‘Graffiti’ fabric by Timorous Beasties
Pinch Design – ‘Noelle’ sofa upholstered in ‘Graffiti’ fabric by Timorous Beasties
March - Italian Spatterware Bowl, $120
March – Italian Spatterware Bowl, $120
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March – Italian Spatterware Pitchers, $50 – $100
Shiraleah NY - Splatter Pillow, $63
Shiraleah NY – Splatter Pillow, $63
Suite One Studio - Splatter Ring dishes in Gold, $30
Suite One Studio – Splatter Ring dishes in Gold, $30
Strokes of Midnight - Watercolor Art, $78
Strokes of Midnight – Watercolor Art, $78
Melody Hillman Ceramics - Small Planter
Melody Hillman Ceramics – Small Planter
Jonathan Adler - Gilded Drip Pillow, $148
Jonathan Adler – Gilded Drip Pillow, $148
Jonathan Adler - Drip Tray, $148
Jonathan Adler – Drip Tray, $148
Jonathan Adler - Drip Napkins, $28
Jonathan Adler – Drip Napkins, $28
Whispers of the Heart - Splatter Notecard set of 10, $16
Whispers of the Heart – Splatter Notecard set of 10, $16
Kate Spade for West Elm - Galaxy Sheet Set
Kate Spade for West Elm – Galaxy Sheet Set
Half Light Honey - Set of 2 small nesting dishes, $30
Half Light Honey – Set of 2 small nesting dishes, $30
Anna Joyce - Splatter Clutch, $61
Anna Joyce – Splatter Clutch, $61
Art Affect Home - Splatter Pillow, $32.50
Art Affect Home – Splatter Pillow, $32.50

Pastel Pots from Poland

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These lovely, handcrafted bowls, mugs and other unique stoneware products are created by designer Irmina Helak in her studio in Poland. She uses a variety of techniques that give her pieces a unique character and a wonderful combination of texture, color, form and pattern. (As always, click to shop!)

Porcelain Breakfast Set, $70
Porcelain Breakfast Set, $70
Stoneware Coffee Mug, $34
Stoneware Coffee Mug, $34
Textured Blue Coffee Mug, $32
Textured Blue Coffee Mug, $32
Stoneware Tea Mug, $32
Stoneware Tea Mug, $32
Stoneware Wide Vase, $48
Stoneware Wide Vase, $48
Porcelain Vase, $70
Porcelain Vase, $70
Espresso Cup Set of 2, $34
Espresso Cup Set of 2, $34
Stoneware Decorative Bowl, $65
Stoneware Decorative Bowl, $65
Kitchen Bowl, $45
Kitchen Bowl, $45

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Asheville Ceramics

Had an adventure in Ashville, NC last weekend – a place I’d describe as decidedly arty. A granola Mecca nestled beside the Blue Ridge mountain range. I loved exploring the local pottery scene, and even got a chance to participate by practicing throwing a few pots myself.   

                           

Leah Bell Ceramics

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Leah Ball is a Chicago, Illinois-based artist whose jewelry business took a turn towards ceramics when she began creating dishes – just as a method of display. This blossomed into a passion, and she began to focus on the art of marbling porcelain, a tedious process she developed by layering colored slips and stark white porcelain to achieve swirling textile-like patterns and vibrant colors that go deep beneath the surface.

Originally from the beachside town of Carlsbad, California, Ball’s aesthetic foundation is in the patterns and rhythms of the Pacific coast.  The kind conditions, workable sands, and persistence of the tides provided her a place to play, develop, and create, but more importantly accept the Ocean as a humbling force of renewal that privileges the maker with a fresh medium every day.  Her kinship with the natural cycles of the sea helped generate a creative spirit that finds satisfaction in doing and re-doing, product in practice, and truth in tedium.

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Day Night Bedside Pitcher and Tumbler Set, $140
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Day Night Mug Set, $75
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Made-to-Order Marbled Porcelain Mug (no 2 are the same), $40
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Pink and Black Hanging Planter, $68
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Geio Kitchen Bowl, $40
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One-of-a-Kind Marbled Porcelain Mug, $40
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One-of-a-Kind Marbled Planter, $68

Colorful Cups

Matylda Mika is a ceramic designer based in Wrocław, a city in the south-west of Poland, who make the happiest cups I’ve ever seen.

In the beginning my art was dark, grey and colourless – something was missing… But then I met my fiancee 😉 Thanks to him my world became colourful, optimistic and happy. Love has changed me and the art I create. Today I love colourful ceramics, saturated colours on interesting shapes. All of my ceramic art is handmade, I care about every detail.

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Coffee Cup, $35
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Tea Cup, #38
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Tea Cup, $38
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Tea Cup, $38
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Coffee Cup, $35

Ceramics in Black & White

Simple. Elegant. Modern. That’s how I’d describe these lovely ceramics by Wakaka Senda, an artisan based in Okayama, Japan. She says of her work,

As I love both cooking and eating, food is always in my thoughts. My times eating, drinking and chatting with dear family and friends provide the deep colors of my life experience. This is why I try to create pieces that can reflect a cook’s wishes. I want my pieces to get close to the user’s feelings.

Dot Tube Shape Mug, $40
Dot Tube Shape Mug, $40
Black Marble Tea Bowl, $70
Black Marble Tea Bowl, $70
Two Tone Striped Tea Cup, $36
Two Tone Striped Tea Cup, $36
Black Marble Ceramic Tea Bowl, $111
Black Marble Ceramic Tea Bowl, $111
Cafe au lait bowl with spot, $37
Cafe au lait bowl with spot, $37
Paper Weight Fig, $35
Paper Weight Fig, $35
Black marble green tea bowl, $78
Black marble green tea bowl, $78

All Cooped Up

When modern meets organic, my heart goes all a flutter and my check card ultimately leaps out. I just can’t help myself. Enter Dinah Coops, a Seattle-based designer whose sensibility simply sends me over the edge. Her line of “naturally modern sustainable” products is deeply authentic, playfully sophisticated and refreshingly simple. Naturally, love at first sight. She offers a small and quietly edited collection of coasters, artwork, table linens, tablemats, t-shirts and jewelry, made locally in the Pacific Northwest from recycled and sustainable materials. As always, click the image for details or to purchase.

MB Art Studios

Designer Mary Burrows of MB Art Studios considers herself “someone who really never expected to find myself on this path of being an artist and having a desire to create. for many years i was in a cubicle, living a life that was very uninspired. what woke me up was having a child who didn’t fit into the average “box”. he helped open up my eyes to a whole new world.” Each ceramic piece is one-of-a-kind and hand built in her Austin, TX studio with earthenware or stoneware clay. (As always, click to shop!)

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Everything 8″ Dish, $34
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Large Bowl, $34
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Cultivate Medium Dish, $32
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Cheese Platter, $35
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Plaque, $36
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Plaque, $28
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Plaque, $40
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Wall Vase, $50
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Wall Vase, $45

Plenty of Planters

As a started cleaning up the yard to ready it for spring, I discovered that several of my outdoor pots and planters did not make it through our long, brutal winter. A couple seemed to have disintegrated – and one, when I lifted it, simply left its base behind on the ground. Which means I’m shopping for new pots. I’m an advocate for simply visiting your local garden center – they typically have great options; but if you’re in the mood for some digital inspiration and exploration, here are a couple fun options. (As always, click to shop)

Create & Barrel - Andre Planter, $39.96 (I bought a couple of these lovelies - sadly, before they went on sale...)
Crate & Barrel – Andre Planter, $39.96 (I bought a couple of these lovelies – sadly, before they went on sale…)
Crate and Barrel - Jada Planters, $39.96 - $79.96 (sale)
Crate and Barrel – Jada Planters, $39.96 – $79.96 (sale)
Design Public - Walter Hanging Planter, $72
Design Public – Walter Hanging Planter, $72
Esther Handmade Pottery - from $36
Esther Handmade Pottery – from $36
Arro Planters - from $170
Arro Planters – from $170
Anthropologie - Concha Garden Pots, $15 - $40
Anthropologie – Concha Garden Pots, $15 – $40
Anthropologie - Marbled Glass Garden Pots, $24
Anthropologie – Marbled Glass Garden Pots, $24
Shoppe - Set of 2 Garden Planters, $65
Shoppe – Set of 2 Garden Planters, $65
Sprout Home - Midoro Planters, from $27.50
Sprout Home – Midoro Planters, from $27.50
Sprout Home - Urban Slab Pots, from $32.50
Sprout Home – Urban Slab Pots, from $32.50
Half Light Honey Studio - BW Striped Planter, $34
Half Light Honey Studio – BW Striped Planter, $34
West Elm - Ridged Stone Planters, from $143 (sale)
West Elm – Ridged Stone Planters, from $143 (sale)
Pigment - Retro Bullet Planter, $160
Pigment – Retro Bullet Planter, $160
Pigment - Cercle Planters (bases sold separately)
Pigment – Cercle Planters (bases sold separately)
Jonathan Adler Planters - $895
Jonathan Adler Planters – $895
Muddy Pots - 3 Blue Pods Planter, $35
Muddy Pots – 3 Blue Pods Planter, $35
Muddy Pots - Cobalt and White Planter, $40
Muddy Pots – Cobalt and White Planter, $40
Atomic Martini - Large Green Planter, $240
Atomic Martini – Large Green Planter, $240
CB2 - Cube Planter, $89.95
CB2 – Cube Planter, $89.95

 

 

 

Lara Scobie Ceramics

I’ve got a perpetual love affair going on with ceramics – and am nuts for print + pattern, especially when it has a modern-organic sensibility. So, you can only imagine how deeply smitten I became when I first saw the stunning work of Lara Scobie. A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Lara has been making ceramics for over 20 years.

“Lara Scobie’s current work is predominantly concerned with the dynamic interplay between form and pattern. This is explored through the cohesive integration of drawing, surface mark making and volume. She is equally interested in the space that surrounds pattern as much as the hue and texture of the decorated surface.”

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