Of all my favorite things to collect, ceramics are it. Charming in nearly any size, I have many—including animals, people, and ghosts(!)—scattered throughout my home. And after seeing the shop Dodo Toucan, it’s time I add to my hoard of porcelain. Created by Sarah Theron, her colorful creature masks and totems are intended to brighten your everyday decor. Some will sit on your kitchen table while others attach to your wall—whatever the use, their elegant forms and electric hues are a visual delight.
Dodo Toucan is produced in Paris, but has an online shop that ships worldwide.
1. Hanging planters by Shayna Stevenson and Jen Collins of Keep Company
2. Monstera Leaf Bag by La Lisette
3. Caterpillar Backpack by Mödernaked
4. Donut Cat by Marnin Saylor
5. Otto Grey Cushion by Arro Home (I have one of these and love it!)
6. Miniature Cactus by Vishnevsky’s Socks
7. White Tiger Hanging Ornament by Charming Creatures
Happy Friday! I’ll leave you with this for the weekend: Arro Home is currently having a 50% off sale. Go get yourself a nice new cushion or tea towel. You deserve it!
If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll know I have a deep love of face pots. Well, they now have a worthy opponent: haired jars. This delightfully strange classification describes the work of ceramist Laura Bird, who crafts heads sporting stylish hairdos that you then lift to reveal what’s inside. The interiors are glazed with a shiny, clear finish so they’re able to hold liquids. What a fantastic addition these would be to your bar.
Laura sells a variety of ceramics in her Etsy shop, including vases, plates, and small sculptures.
Recently, I shared something off my summer wish list: shirts and tanks by Doops Design. If you didn’t see them, I suggest you check ’em out—they’re fashionable with charming cacti-themed illustrations.
You know what would look great with one of their tank tops? These ceramic accessories by Bea Bellingham! They have the same sort of warm-weather appeal with repeat-patterns of bananas, chili peppers, palm trees, and more. They’re statement pieces without being too loud, making them great for a special outdoor gathering or a Tuesday at the office.
Bea sells her jewelry, planters, and tiny pots on Etsy.
I’ve confessed my love for face planters on this blog before—the fact that there are flowers, cacti, or succulents growing out of someone’s head is delightfully strange. Rachel Sender has created Potheads in this vein, using her illustration style to craft faces and personalities out of clay. Their eyes, hair, and bright red lips add a friendly touch to ceramics, and better yet, you can alter their identity by whatever you choose to put inside.
Rachel sells her ceramics in her Tictail shop. (via Creative Boom)
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.