1. Zara Woman Print Dress by Silvia Stella Osella
2. Cutie Baby Porcelain Mug by Tuesday Bassen
3. “I Do as I Please” Jumbo Pouch by Martha Rich for Blue Q
4. White Duck by Furze Chan
5. Yellow Wolf by Miriam Brugmann
6. Eye Earrings by Erin Diane
7. Jungle Leaves Pencil Set by Papio Press
East coasters (in the US), are you ready for the blizzard?! I live in Baltimore—where up to 2 feet of snow is forecasted—so I’m gearing up for a weekend indoors. Hot cocoa, anyone?
Earlier this week, I shared a list of 50 illustrative enamel pins. Check it out to get your #pingame on point!
Remember when I declared my love for face pots (here and here)? Well, I’ve come across more planters that have stolen my heart: animal face pots by Bonnie Hislop. Her colorful ceramics are a mix of glam rock and Lisa Frank—the vibrant designs include rainbow stripes, decorative polka dots, shooting stars, and much more. It’s perfect for those wanting playful accessory for their desk and also dream of a blue cat or orange dog of their own.
Bonnie sells these ceramics in her online shop.
Okay, so many you’re not an animal person. But what about donuts?
Lately, I can’t get enough of candles. Whenever I’m in my office/studio, there is a candle burning. What can I say—I love the comforting glow! Ceramist Laura Bird (previously) created these delightful holders perfect for burning two tall taper candles. Normally, you’d find those types of torches accompanying fine and special occasion dining. Here, Laura has shifted their focus, using an imperfect construction and cartoonish faces to give them a rustic feel for everyday table decor.
All of these pieces are available in Laura’s Etsy shop.
In addition to her candlestick holders, Laura has also created a smiling vases:
Using sandy-colored clays, artist Heidi Anderson combines human figures with animals (namely, owls). These characters, along with their surface decoration, are reminiscent of art from the Aztecs or ancient Mexico. While they recall these styles, it’s hard to put my finger on any one influence. They are unique to Heidi and her hand!
Thanks to their modular construction, there are many combinations of totems possible. I love seeing the different arrangements.
Although Heidi has an online shop, there aren’t any of these figures for sale through it—check out sites like General Store to pick up one (or two or three) of her totems.
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.
London-based illustrator Amy Worrall is inspired by “topless girls in Florida and sunburnt Brits abroad on the Costa del So.” With this in mind, she creates a range of functional and decorative objects, focusing on simple dining wear and vessels. Her pieces are colorful, often using neon pigments to create fun bikinis. To do this, she uses a technique called majolica—opaque white glaze is applied over earthenware, then other (vibrant) glazes on top of it. This helps achieve such bright colors.
Some of these pieces are available for purchase in Amy’s Tictail shop.
Not too long ago, I was writing about my love for face pots, sharing the ceramic work of Kinska (if you aren’t familiar, definitely check them out). Polkaros is another maker of similarly adorable pieces, crafting small vessels that don sweet expressions and colorful patterns. The person behind it all is Ros Lee, who has a passion for creating things you use regularly but with a fun twist. You’ll find that your days are better off because you have these special, unique objects in your life.
Polkaros sells online, and you can buy more than just ceramics in the shop—accessories, textiles, and paper goods are all available.
In December of last year, I first fell in love with Il Sung Na’s adorable ceramics. I bought one at MICA’s annual Art Market, and I’ve been itching to buy more ever since I saw his MFA Illustration Practice thesis in May. So, I’m super excited to tell you that his online shop is now open! It’s called Clay and Wish and currently sells five “models” of ceramic figurines—Coby, Cori, Benji, Daisy, and Lola—which all have multiple figures available in each model. (Each piece has slight variations.)
Since Clay and Wish opened yesterday, a few of the characters have already sold out. So scoop one up before they’re all gone!
Ya’ll know I love illustrated ceramics, and I’m always delighted when I find new pieces to obsess over. Enter Uhaala—a shop that sells awesome artwork handmade in Barcelona. They’re crafted by Sonia Pulido and Susana Requena, and each person has their own style that decorates mugs, plates, and trays.
Sonia’s work features small, intricate line drawings of flowers, figures, and repeat patterns. Susana’s pieces have more carefree fluidity, and her thick brush strokes are used as abstract coloring for ladybugs and petals.
Purchase Uhaala products through their online shop.
I love the illustration on this tote bag, too!
Fun fact: I found Rebekah Miles’ work totally by chance. I was Googling someone of the same name, and her Instagram popped up as one of the top results. Thinking she was that someone else, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a portrait of Reba McEntire and June Carter.
Rebekah creates faux book covers in the same gestural style as her portraits. Describing this on-going project, she writes:
I paint one-of-a-kind book jackets on specific artists, photographers, and some literature. The selected books are a reference to art history and the art of libraries. I choose an image to paint for a cover illustration based on qualities such as poignancy and visual graphics. If the book is not illustrated, I find an image that is complementary to its contents.
Rebekah also makes ceramics. They are, as she describes, “interpretations of images that appeal to a sense of place and beauty, such as an antique loteria set (Mexican bingo) from the 1800’s, a seed savers exchange catalogue, and a California native plant identification book.”