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— #ihaveathingforceramics: favorites made from mud

While I no longer maintain a directory of my favorite shops online, I still have a list of sites I visit when I want to spend time window shopping. Below are my absolute favorites when it comes to ceramics.

Perfectly Imperfect

I love how glaze can be immortalized as it unevenly drips across the surface of a vessel. The following are ceramics that look and feel natural and sometimes, a bit weathered. Enjoy ceramics with uneven surfacing, asymmetrical shapes, and dripping glaze.

Weathered beach

Claykat Ceramics - The glaze is the most amazing part of this collection. I’ve been fawning for the deep green ’dragon skin’ plate and a plate with poured blush. The tableware is minimal and modern allowing the emphasis to fall on the color and surface.

Le Marché St. George - Not only am I a fan of Janaki Larsen’s beautiful grocery store, but also her hand made ceramics. Each vessel is shaped with slopes that are so soothing to look at. Imperfect textures add further character to each piece.

Claycat Ceramics ceramics via claykatceramics.bigcartel.com

Ceramiche arGYla - This ceramic studio produces tableware that seems to have taken line drawings from a simple sketch and brought them alive. The studio is run by Yvonne Rosetti and Giancarlo Livori, a photographer and architect. Although they had a website before, there’s nothing there anymore, and only their Pinterest board shows the unique collection of white ceramics. Each ceramic piece achieves a natural feeling through an ever so slight wavering of vessel walls.

Anna Karina - Breathtaking natural colors, matte surfaces, there’s a weathered feeling in every piece. Anna Karina presents her creations on Instagram. Her website is still a work in progress.

Object and Totem - I’ve admired Julianne Ahn mugs for a while, but she’s also developed art objects that are different from the artisanal finishes that characterize her mugs. It’s really neat to see a creative in action, producing ceramic pieces in a variety of styles.

ANK Ceramics - The color palette is feminine and soft. The edges are 'worn' exposing the color underneath. The shapes are modern minimal versions of classic tableware.

Natalie Weinberger - Incredibly original shapes that are symmetrical. There’s a half a donut shaped vase and a cone with steps up to the pinnacle. Natalie plays with shapes you’d find in math class but adds her own set of colors and textures.

Jim Franco ceramics via jimfrancoceramics.com

Jim Franco - This was my gateway drug to the world of ceramics. I've been following Jim's Instagram and he thinks a lot about the glaze process. I’m sure most ceramicists do, but I feel like I’m part of the process when I read about him debating which to use. Also, each vessel turns out beautiful, so you see what the consideration yields.

Silvia Valentin - Beautiful shapes that seem to have a bit of an ancient world touch. Silvia is an artist, an expert at making a vessel look like it was made in an effortless fashion. There are touches of unevenness, but utilized in a way that feels refined. A layer of glaze may just happen to reveal the color underneath, but just the right amount and it comes in just the right shade.

Pilar Wiley - Pilar is know for creating meteor surfaced planters, as if a round meteor were carved out for a planter. There’s attention to color, shine, and the 'rocky holes' that naturally occur in meteors.

Olivia Fiddes - Rustic jagged edges. I found a pair of black clay mugs that reminded me of the type of wearing at a construction site where there was exposed steel rods in rusty colors within reinforced concrete. Rough and more dramatic wearing.

Christine Roland ceramics via cancatstalktodogsintheirownway.net

Christina Roland - I picked up one of Christine’s creations, a very heavy tea cup made from a hunk of mud. It felt primordial. Christine’s pieces are intentionally made to seem like they were cut and molded from very simple tools.

Clam Lab - Beautiful, but I think almost everyone knows them (they’re always sold out). The’ve got amazing pitchers that remind me of shapes I’d find in cuneiform.

Romy Northover - One of my favorite ceramicists of all time. I love the expressive brushstrokes from the freedom collection and the creamy whites on the moon tide collection.

Tortus Copenhagen - The shapes and the glaze. The shapes and the glaze.

Fun

The following are ceramics that are cheerful. They include graphic elements that reflect the style of the ceramicist.

Arc Objects - Simple shapes, all in white, half circle trays and arcs. Very modern and chic.

BTW Ceramics - Brooke Winfrey’s mugs are my favorite. Random brush strokes or splashed speckles overlap to create an original pattern each time she brushes over the ceramic surface.

Kaye Blegvad - Female heads are made into planters and Kaye is also an illustrator. Her illustrations come alive in ceramic figurine form.

Lindsey Hampton - If a graphic designer became a ceramicist, this is what it’d be like. Lots of color, graphic details, gradient colors are worked into tableware design.

Martina Thornhill - Martina has her own symbols that she adds onto her cups and coffee strainers.

Ghost ceramics via ghostwares.com.au

Ghost - If you want a really really large mug in an assortment of marbled patterns, this is the place to go. I like how the marbling looks and since my husband likes large mugs, I’m always on the lookout for large mugs.

Always Good

The following places are well known. But they are my favorites, so I’ve listed them here.

March SF - Luxe Williams Sonoma.

Astier de Villatte - Old opulent details that date back to the 18th century.

Heath Ceramics - Timeless, cozy, and in such pretty colors. I can spend hours touching and fawning over Heath cups and bowls.

Mr Kitly - An Australian boutique that is on the cutting edge in terms of elegant and funky design. They always have a great selection of new ceramics.

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