Ceramics

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.

Lau­ra has recent­ly delved into paint­ed ceram­ics that focus more on sur­face illus­tra­tion than the forms them­selves. (Although I like both direc­tions.) In this lat­est series, she paints long-haired ladies and leafy plants that play with the curves of her ele­gant vas­es and plates. Col­or­ful and wild, you can’t help but imag­ine the sto­ries behind her char­ac­ters on the­se objects.

Laura sells her painted ceramics in her Etsy shop—along with prints, bags, and more.

Illustrated Ceramics by Laura Bird

laura bird painted ceramics

laura bird painted ceramics

laura bird painted ceramics

laura bird painted ceramics

Laura Bird Illustrated Ceramics

laura bird painted ceramics

Painted ceramics by Laura Bird

laura bird painted ceramics

Here’s Laura taking her vase for a twirl.

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Illustrated Ceramics by Laura Bird

Illustrated Ceramics by Laura Bird

Illustrated Ceramics by Laura Bird

Illustrated Ceramics by Laura Bird