Ceramics from Spain

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Love these gentle ceramic pieces from Barcelona’s Maevo Studio.

Maevo designs and creates unique ceramic objects, made by hand. My process involves mixing different types of clays and minerals to produce one of a kind objects inspired by nature and the soft sedimentary layers that make up our landscape.

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Ceramic Beaker, $27.12
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Ceramic Bowl, $33.01
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Ceramic Beaker, $27.12
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Ceramic Pot, $25.94

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

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

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

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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Paula Greif Ceramics

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Paula Greif is a NYC-based ceramic artist who was originally trained as a graphic designer. Her enviable and varied career began in the art department at Rolling Stone, followed by stints at Mademoiselle and Barneys NY, after which she turned to making rock videos for the likes of the Smiths. It wasn’t until later in life that she decided to take a pottery class with the intent of “remaking everything in her kitchen”. These days. she hand-makes small batch ceramics (only about a dozen of each design) of things she finds useful and beautiful. Indeed. (As always, click to shop!)

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Big Speckled Circles Bowl, $265
Big Speckled Circles Bowl, $265
Three Blue Lines Stoneware Bowl, $210
Three Blue Lines Stoneware Bowl, $210
Flat Black Terracotta Platter, $90
Flat Black Terracotta Platter, $90
Blue Circles Stoneware Bowl, $235
Blue Circles Stoneware Bowl, $235
Brown Black Circles Stoneware Vase, $180
Brown Black Circles Stoneware Vase, $180
Blue Pinstriped Bowl, $235
Blue Pinstriped Bowl, $235

 

One Clay Bead

“In Chinese, the word for crisis also means opportunity”

Thus begins the bio of Lee Wolfe, the ceramic artist behind Ashville, North Carolina’s One Clay Bead. She opened her Etsy shop out of necessity, after the economic crisis in 2008, when credit was frozen, galleries were unable to buy, and her husband was laid off. Her creativity paid off, and she went on to become a top-selling Etsy ceramicist. Her tightly edited (and ever-changing!) collection of dinnerware and home decor pieces are lovely organic forms with jubilant color and thoughtful details. (As always, click to shop!)

Large Serving Bowl in Dusk Blue, $54
Large Serving Bowl in Dusk Blue, $54
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Ceramic Flower Bowl in Turquoise, $45
Ceramic Flower Bowl in Turquoise, $45
Nesting Bowls set of 2, $48
Nesting Bowls set of 2, $48
Organic Folded Flower Vase
Organic Folded Flower Vase
Serving and Prep Bowl in cobalt, $17
Serving and Prep Bowl in cobalt, $17
Ceramic Serving Bowl in Joyful Blaze with Textured Lace, $23
Ceramic Serving Bowl in Joyful Blaze with Textured Lace, $23
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(detail of bowl underside)
Organic Soul Dinnerware
Organic Soul Dinnerware

Penny for Your Thoughts

In the midst of this absurd deep freeze, I find myself needing reminders of spring. This breathy pastel collection from Penny Spooner Ceramics serves that purpose nicely. Created in her studio in Whitchurch, England, these wheel-thrown and handbuilt porcelain or white stoneware pottery are glazed with gentle speckled colours of blue, pink, green & lilac. The subtle typography and debossed patterns add a delicately modern touch. (As always, click to shop!)

Sugar Bowl, £15.94
Sugar Bowl, £15.94
Porcelain Lafayette Vase, £37.19
Porcelain Lafayette Vase, £37.19
Porcelain Lafayette Vase, £37.19
Porcelain Lafayette Vase, £37.19
Porcelain Printed MILK Jug, £22.50
Porcelain Printed MILK Jug, £22.50
Porcelain Printed MILK Jug, £22.50
Porcelain Printed MILK Jug, £22.50
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Porcelain Printed MILK Jug, £22.50
Porcelain Salt & Pepper Bowls and Spoons, £37.50
Porcelain Salt & Pepper Bowls and Spoons, £37.50
Porcelain Salt & Pepper Bowls and Spoons, £37.50
Porcelain Salt & Pepper Bowls and Spoons, £37.50
Porcelain Printed Lily Vase, £88.12
Porcelain Printed Lily Vase, £88.12
Porcelain Printed Lily Vase, £88.12
Porcelain Printed Lily Vase, £88.12

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