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.
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!