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Lively Painted Vases are a Modern Spin on an Ancient Tradition

Laura Bird Illustrated Ceramics

Paint­ed ceram­ics have a long place in our his­to­ry. The rise of vase dec­o­ra­tion was seen in ancient Greece, which used the sur­face as a way of depict­ing every­day life. Today, illus­tra­tors loose­ly fol­low in this tra­di­tion and cre­ate their own sort of his­to­ries on fired clay objects. Ceram­i­cist and illus­tra­tor Lau­ra Bird is no stranger to Brown Paper Bag. I’ve mar­veled at her many times before.

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Dripping” Face Planters and Pots Look Like They’re Melting from Within

Drip planter by Kinska

Drips are in. Sweet, sticky drip cakes are one of Pinterest’s 2017 wed­ding trends, and the same goes for ceram­ics. The lat­est drip pots by the Lon­don-based Kin­ska use her sig­na­ture min­i­mal­ist palet­te and tiny faces that are over­run by drib­bles of black and white glaze. But rather than look­ing messy and hap­haz­ard, it adds visu­al ten­sion to the oth­er­wise sweet, tran­quil faces—like the­se pot peo­ple are slow­ly melt­ing from with­in.

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Colorful Illustrated Ceramics That’ll Remind You of Watercolor Paintings

colorful illustrated ceramics by Elise Lefebvre
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.

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Adorable Ceramic Animals Offer a Warm Smile and Home For Your Favorite Plants

Cumbucia Chic cute animal planters

Remem­ber last week when I was declar­ing my obses­sion for planters? Cum­bu­ca Chic is anoth­er online shop that makes my list. Brazil­ian artist Priscil­la Ramos is the wom­an behind the­se cute ani­mal planters, which fea­ture fox­es, whales, sloths, and even tiny capy­bara. Each is adorned with a com­bi­na­tion of shiny glaze that’s off­set by the mat­te stoneware. I like this combination—it offers a nice visu­al con­trast that proves that some­times, min­i­mal­ism can say as much as heavy dec­o­ra­tion.

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Wildflower Ceramics That’ll Make You Want to Frolic in a Sunny Field

painted ceramics by roootree

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.

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Illustrated Ceramics Capture the Beautiful Spontaneity of Sketchbook Pages

tiger painting

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.

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Adorable Animal Planters Will Be Best Buds with Your Flower Buds

Studio Giverny animal planters

Yoshiko Koza­wa of Stu­dio Giverny cre­ates lov­able ani­mal planters that’ll be your (flow­er) buds’ best bud. Whales, giraffes, and alpaca all car­ry the weight of the­se plants on their back. But don’t worry—they’re hap­py to do it—and in turn, bright­en your home.

Yoshiko first crafts her pieces from porce­lain and then coats them in a shi­no glaze com­bi­na­tion. Some, like the alpaca, include a fun pom­pom tail and tas­sel ear­rings. See her entire selec­tion on Etsy. (h/t: So Super Awe­some)

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Intricate Patterned Line Drawings are Actually Gorgeous Ceramic Pottery

Suzanne Sullivan ceramics

Ceram­i­cist Suzan­ne Sul­li­van pro­duces pot­tery with intri­cate sur­face dec­o­ra­tion that cre­ates an awe­some illu­sion. When viewed from a cer­tain angle, the objects look like 2D ink draw­ings. They’ve got bold, flat­tened designs rem­i­nis­cent of a sketch­book, with a con­sis­ten­cy in line weight that often remains unchanged across the surface—because of this, our eye is fooled.

Suzanne Sullivan ceramics

Suzanne Sullivan ceramics

Suzanne Sullivan ceramics

Suzanne Sullivan ceramics

Suzanne Sullivan ceramics

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Suzanne Sullivan ceramics

Suzanne Sullivan ceramics

Suzanne Sullivan ceramics

Suzanne Sullivan ceramics

Suzanne wrote a quick FAQ on her Instagram, including some shops that sell her work:

Suzanne Sullivan ceramics
Ceramics

Ceramic Animal Planters are Sweet Companions to Your Favorite Flora

Design Forest ceramics

Design Forest ceramics

I have a well-doc­u­ment­ed love of face planters on Brown Paper Bag. My years-long admi­ra­tion is because of the play­ful nature they inher­ent­ly con­tain. The­se delight­ful objects dress up your plants while cre­at­ing wild, ever-chang­ing hair­styles for the stoneware char­ac­ters.

Design Forest is inspired by animals—bunnies, cats, ele­phants, and more— and pares them down to essen­tial, sim­ple shapes that are min­i­mal in dec­o­ra­tion yet con­vey sweet per­son­al­i­ties. Just look at their smiles!

Design Forest sells their entire pastel-col­ored col­lec­tion through their online shop.

Design Forest ceramics

Design Forest ceramics

Design Forest ceramics

Design Forest ceramics

Design Forest ceramics

Design Forest ceramics

Design Forest ceramics

Design Forest ceramics

Design Forest ceramics

Design Forest ceramics

Design Forest ceramics