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.”
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.
How would you like it if your plates and bowls talked back to you? In this collaboration between illustrator Santiago Uceda and artist Nancy Froehlich, you don’t have much of a choice! They occupy the bottoms of dishes, directing you, cheering you on, and telling you what you already know — that the meal you just ate was so good. The amusing characters were created by Santiago and then placed onto forms created by Nancy.
I would love to own one of these delightful pieces. Alas, I can’t find anywhere to buy them! It looks like, according to Santiago’s Instagram, that they were for sale a while ago… and have probably sold out since!
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!
The Awesome Project is “an experimental journey of the multidisciplinary” by illustrator Madalina Andronic. Her porcelain creations are inspired by Romanian folklore, and this influence seeps into sweet fairies, collars, and much more. Seriously. I’ve featured many of her pieces, but Madalina has a lot more to see on the Awesome Project Tumblr.
“The wish,” she writes, “is to create heart-to-heart, beautifully adorned decorative objects for individuals and homes. All the pieces are designed and hand-decorated individually, using porcelain, underglaze colors, stoneware glazes and love.”
Nina van de Goor, known as Ninainvorm on her Etsy shop, uses vintage ceramics and reinvigorates them with her colorful designs. Funny faces and simple, bold shapes are the focus of her work. They’re playful and are the perfect contrast to the flowery, pre-existing imagery. I could see these as the perfect accent to an equally-as-fun-feeling kitchen!
I couldn’t find much on the work of Nico Masemula, a South African artist who produces charming ceramic figures. But, I love the sweet, simple nature of these objects. People smiling, reading books together, their arms around each other… real nice.
Images via Clemintina Ceramics