Like so many people on the internet, I’ve fallen in love with the work of Elisa Lefebvre. The colorful illustrated ceramics feature a watercolor-esque application of glaze. So despite their strong, often stout forms, the pieces have a feeling of levity and airiness. It’s this juxtaposition that makes them irresistible and draws you towards them—especially the animal pieces. I like the peekaboo holes cut in cats and dogs that showcases small cut leaves.
Inspired by wildflowers, roootree (aka Kaori) illustrates their colorful beauty onto porcelain plates, cups, and saucers. My favorite pattern—a mixture of tall grasses and bright buds—seems undoubtedly inspired by this meadow of wildflowers. Kaori has translated the endless rows of flowers into layers of color and texture. Using a combination of tight drawing and diffused shapes, she creates the feeling of depth. It’s as if her illustrated ceramics are actually made of a field of blooms.
Kaori sells her wildflower ceramics on Etsy.
Leah Goren is an illustrator known for her awe-inspiring sketchbook. That spontaneous, painterly-style works on more than just paper, though. She’s transferred her visible, energetic brush strokes to hand-built illustrated ceramic plates and vessels. They too feel like something out of her 2D illustrations, but with these, they’ve got an added practical purpose of displaying fresh cut flowers or store your favorite rings. Personally, I wish she’d make another one of the tiger dishes.
Leah sells her one-of-a-kind ceramics in her online shop. But if ceramics aren’t your thing, Leah also has a Skillshare class called Illustration & Inspiration: Keeping a Sketchbook.
If you’ve read this blog over the past year, then you’ve definitely seen illustrations by Madalina Andronic. She’s talented in both 2D and 3D, with her latest endeavor being “tableware essentials” like cups, bowls, and plates.
If you’ve read this blog for months (or even years), you know how fond I am of Jen Collins and her illustrations. Since 2013, she’s applied her delightful paintings onto ceramics, and the application of tigers, swans, and cats lights up any piece of stoneware.
Keep Company is a collaboration between Jen and ceramicist Shaya Stevenson. Each piece is wheelthrown by Shaya and then glazed by Jen. As a result, the forms of beautifully crafted with surface decoration that has a carefree gestural quality to them.
Keep Company just updated their shop. Many of these pieces are gone, but there are still some up for grabs—check it out now!
Illustrator, ceramicist, and canary keeper Polly Fern follows in the long historical tradition of adorning clay with pictures. Her colorful vases, plates and bowls feature everyday scenes: a table set with a long baguette; men and women digging holes among the trees; and people riding on horses. They tell short stories—perhaps of not the most glamorous lives, but ones that are filled with people, pets, and good food. It all sounds lovely to me!
Polly sells her ceramics through her online shop.
These ceramic figures by Lucy Kirk (previously) remind me of stars in a silent film. Or a freak show, depending on how you want to interpret their tattoos. The strong, muscly figures are adorned with traditional(ish) Sailor Jerry style of tattoos, drawn imperfectly to create a quirky (often wonky) object reminiscent of a charming pen sketch.
There’s more of Lucy’ ceramics to see below. In addition to mustachioed men, she’s also crafted tiny sculptures of flexible women, loving couples, and furry friends. Some are available in her online shop, just in time for the holidays.
I don’t know why, but I’ve always had a thing for head pots. I’m so delighted by the thought of flowers growing out of the top of someone’s noggin, that I’ve started a small collection of them in my home. Kinska is a ceramic shop creating these very products that I covet. No matter the vessel—be it mug or vase—it’s stylistically the same person or few people. They have black hair, dark eyes, and bright red lips. I like this, because you can collect all and have a little Kinska family sitting on your window sill.
Follow Kinska’s Instagram to see fun works in progress!
When you check out roootreee’s (AKA Kaori) blog, you’ll see photographs featuring colorful fields of flowers. This bucolic imagery undoubtedly influences her ceramics work, which features white porcelain plates, pitchers, cups, and saucers that are hand-painted with beautiful blooms. My favorite pieces are animal silhouettes made from luscious outlined flowers. They’re gorgeous!
If you regularly read my blog, you’ll know I featured one of her pieces as part of my 7 Weekly Illustrated Obsessions. I enjoyed them so much that I just couldn’t help myself from showcasing them today!
Check out more of roootreee’s designs on Etsy.
Ever wanted to own a giant sperm whale? What about a plesiosaur? Well, thanks to Lorien Stern’s Etsy shop, these are achievable goals. The ceramic artist crafts large-scale creatures to hang on your wall, and they evoke the giant game trophies that hunters might display in their den. Unlike those taxidermy animals, however, Lorien’s works are much more humane and fun.
I wish more of these photos showed off their scale, but check out below just to get an idea. At over 20 inches long, these aren’t tiny. They’re a centerpiece of a room!