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Eleonor Boström Puts Her Ceramic Dog Sculptures to Work for You

Eleonor Bostrom ceramic dog sculptures

I spent some time in Cleve­land this past week­end, which includ­ed at trip to one of the best antique stores I’ve ever been to: Sweet Lorain. While there, I looked an impres­sive col­lec­tion of dog stat­ues (and end­ed up buy­ing a pooch known as a spaghet­ti poo­dle), and it got me think­ing about Eleonor Boström’s ceram­ic sculp­tures. I’ve long been a fan of how she mar­ries form and func­tion. Or, as Eleonor puts she depicts #dogsat­work. These pups are hold­ing plant clip­pings, match­es, and your morn­ing cup of coffee—and they’re doing it all with a smile.

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Charming Ceramic Figurines are a Contemporary Riff on Iconic Collectibles

Vicky Lindo Staffordshire Cats

One of the most icon­ic form of ceram­ics is known as “fan­ci­ful” Stafford­shire fig­urines. Orig­i­nal­ly cre­at­ed in the Vic­to­ri­an era, these pieces were paint­ed by unskilled work­ers and have a folk art-like feel. Because of their hum­ble nature, they were geared towards the mid­dle class. “You nev­er would have found one of these in the home of roy­al­ty,” antique deal­er David Lack­ey said. Nowa­days, they’re high­ly collectible—and not to men­tion an influ­ence for con­tem­po­rary ceram­ic artists.

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Bedazzle the Buns of Ceramic Ladies by Sticking Them with Sewing Pins

Bespoke pin cushions by Erin Paisely

If you sew, you know how vital the pin cush­ion is. We’re often so used to the stan­dard toma­to, but there’s ways to make the prac­ti­cal tool both fan­cy and fun—thanks to illus­trat­ed ceram­ics. And Erin Pais­ley does just that with her bespoke pin cush­ions.

Erin’s pro­duc­tion process looks like this: she first hand builds the form—either a woman or animal—out of earth­en­ware clay. After it’s paint­ed, glazed, and fired, she adorns the fig­ure with a tight black wool bun stuffed with wool rov­ing. The pin cush­ion part looks like hair, so the more pins you stick in, the more bejew­eled her bun looks.

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Ceramics, Inspirational Instagram

11 Inspiring Ceramic Artists to Follow on Instagram

Best ceramic artists on Instagram

It’s the final stop on my unof­fi­cial “Insta­gram tour” that high­lights some of my favorite feeds worth your fol­low. So far, I’ve high­light­ed paper artistsillus­tra­tors, embroi­dery artists, and sketch­books that are inspire me—and others—with their incred­i­ble artistry. Last but not least, I’m chron­i­cling some of the best ceram­ic artists on Insta­gram.

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Dazzling Animal Planters Add Glittering Gold to Green Blooms

Animal Ceramics by Minty Mountain

My love for planters is well doc­u­ment­ed on Brown Paper Bag. And on Insta­gram, too—one of the hap­pi­est areas of my apart­ment fea­tures a cou­ple of thriv­ing suc­cu­lents in crea­ture-shaped pots. Emma Jo Alford of Minty Moun­tain con­tin­ues this trend with her daz­zling ani­mal ceram­ics. The hand-sculpt­ed hedge­hogs, rab­bits, and bears are adorably sleepy crea­tures that have gold accents and in some instances, fan­cy acces­sories. The polar bear planter, for instance, has an ici­cle head­dress. How regal!

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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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Ceramics, Illustrated products

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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