Leah Goren is an illustrator known for her awe-inspiring sketchbook. That spontaneous, painterly-style works on more than just paper, though. She’s transferred her visible, energetic brush strokes to hand-built illustrated ceramic plates and vessels. They too feel like something out of her 2D illustrations, but with these, they’ve got an added practical purpose of displaying fresh cut flowers or store your favorite rings. Personally, I wish she’d make another one of the tiger dishes.
Leah sells her one-of-a-kind ceramics in her online shop. But if ceramics aren’t your thing, Leah also has a Skillshare class called Illustration & Inspiration: Keeping a Sketchbook.
Yoshiko Kozawa of Studio Giverny creates lovable animal planters that’ll be your (flower) buds’ best bud. Whales, giraffes, and alpaca all carry the weight of these plants on their back. But don’t worry—they’re happy to do it—and in turn, brighten your home.
Yoshiko first crafts her pieces from porcelain and then coats them in a shino glaze combination. Some, like the alpaca, include a fun pompom tail and tassel earrings. See her entire selection on Etsy. (h/t: So Super Awesome)
If you’ve read this blog over the past year, then you’ve definitely seen illustrations by Madalina Andronic. She’s talented in both 2D and 3D, with her latest endeavor being “tableware essentials” like cups, bowls, and plates.
Ceramicist Suzanne Sullivan produces pottery with intricate surface decoration that creates an awesome illusion. When viewed from a certain angle, the objects look like 2D ink drawings. They’ve got bold, flattened designs reminiscent of a sketchbook, with a consistency in line weight that often remains unchanged across the surface—because of this, our eye is fooled.
Suzanne wrote a quick FAQ on her Instagram, including some shops that sell her work:
I have a well-documented love of face planters on Brown Paper Bag. My years-long admiration is because of the playful nature they inherently contain. These delightful objects dress up your plants while creating wild, ever-changing hairstyles for the stoneware characters.
Design Forest is inspired by animals—bunnies, cats, elephants, and more— and pares them down to essential, simple shapes that are minimal in decoration yet convey sweet personalities. Just look at their smiles!
Design Forest sells their entire pastel-colored collection through their online shop.
If you’ve read this blog for months (or even years), you know how fond I am of Jen Collins and her illustrations. Since 2013, she’s applied her delightful paintings onto ceramics, and the application of tigers, swans, and cats lights up any piece of stoneware.
Keep Company is a collaboration between Jen and ceramicist Shaya Stevenson. Each piece is wheelthrown by Shaya and then glazed by Jen. As a result, the forms of beautifully crafted with surface decoration that has a carefree gestural quality to them.
Keep Company just updated their shop. Many of these pieces are gone, but there are still some up for grabs—check it out now!
1. Teal Green Plant Print Linen Dress by Banquet Atelier & Workshop
2. Rainbow Alpaca Patch by Crowded Teeth (I own one of these—super cute!)
3. Handmade Leather Cat Necklace by Benu Made
4. Hissss Lapel Pin by Stay Home Club
5. Little Wooden Paint Palette Brooch/Necklace by Kate Rowland
6. Swans and Roses Vintage Illustrated Teapot by Nina van de Goor
7. Ceramic Siamese Cat Planter by Barruntando
Happy Friday! Here’s some donut and Pokémon GO inspiration for this weekend by Vickie Liu:
(She’s a must-follow on Instagram!)
Do you have a totem to carry around? You know, a small object that brightens your day and brings you good luck? If not, might I suggest the adorable works by Danielle Pedersen, aka Small Wild. Her ceramic pieces feature a myriad of animals—such as dogs, giraffes, alpacas, and more—decorated with tiny patterns and best of all: gold. Your day can’t get that bad when you’ve got a fancy elephant by your side!
Danielle sells her work through her online shop. New products drop on Sunday at 11AM MST, so set your alarm if you want to scoop one up!
Illustrator, ceramicist, and canary keeper Polly Fern follows in the long historical tradition of adorning clay with pictures. Her colorful vases, plates and bowls feature everyday scenes: a table set with a long baguette; men and women digging holes among the trees; and people riding on horses. They tell short stories—perhaps of not the most glamorous lives, but ones that are filled with people, pets, and good food. It all sounds lovely to me!
Polly sells her ceramics through her online shop.
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.