ceramics

Rebekah Miles

my husband just returned from an extended trip to LA and he brought back some lovely gifts, including a ceramic piece by artist Rebekah Miles. she is a new discovery to me (of course some immediate googling ensued) and i really enjoyed delving into her unique ceramic creations as well as her absolutely awesome book covers.

I am primarily a painter using ceramics as my “canvas”. I started teaching myself ceramics as a way of exploring making paintings as functional, sculptural pieces. I love putting my personal touch on the age-old artisanal craft of shaping basic forms from slabs, molds and templates.

I paint one-of-a-kind book jackets on a range of subjects, specific artists, cultural topics, photographers and authors. The selected books are a reference to art history and the art of literature and libraries. This process gives the book a new essence, and restores it to better shape (I try to find used books). It also makes it a functional sculpture/painting.

Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles

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Studio Arhoj

remember those insanely cute ceramic Ghosts i posted about? well i revisited Studio Arhoj to see what they’ve been up to, and luckily for us there is a new SS 2014 collection to peruse. founded by Anders Arhoj in Tokyo in 2006, the studio is now based in Copenhagen. they make all sorts of interesting pieces each with a story behind them.

In addition to exploring the relationship between Scandinavian simplicity and traditional Japanese culture we are interested in keeping alive traditions and knowledge about old crafts such as wheel throwing and glaze construction. We are in love with the honesty of clay, glaze and the magic that one set of human hands can produce, creating objects that are both affordable and unique.

they do not sell online, so for stockists visit their website.

Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj

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LaMalconttenta

LaMalconttenta is a spanish brand by designer Lydia de la Piñera, who is one of those multi-talented people who illustrates, makes jewellery, ceramics and prints. you can buy all these sweet things at her online shop.

I studied graphic design artistic photography and digital media. However, I was always enjoyed the handcrafting process, that’s the reason why I Decided to mix design and traditional handcraft to tell her stories. The philosophy of The Malconttenta is to enjoy old traditions, nature, and share it with people.

LaMalconttenta
LaMalconttenta
LaMalconttenta
LaMalconttenta
LaMalconttenta
LaMalconttenta
LaMalconttenta
LaMalconttenta
LaMalconttenta
LaMalconttenta
LaMalconttenta

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Lenneke Wispelwey

Lenneke Wispelwey is a dutch ceramicist whose pastel hued porcelain pieces are “inspired by her own memories and found pieces from every day life”. her pieces make me think of modern versions of vases and collectibles i often see in vintage shops. you can shop her collection online at Buiten de Lijntjes. visit her website and facebook page for more.

Her pastel coloured products with mathematic/geometric patterns are the result of a very low-tech way of designing. Lenneke finds a basic, simple approach to techniques and materials very important to communicate her vision and her way of working. She prefers creating a family of products because as an only child she had always a desire for a bigger family.

photos by Buiten de Lijntjes.







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Jujumade

i got an exciting email from Julie sharing the debut collection for her handmade accessories label Jujumade. you might recognise her ceramic pieces from that fantastic collaboration with Brook & Lyn that i shared in last year’s post about good hair. Julie’s pieces are composed of hand sculpted ceramic and leather elements – her soft leather bags look good enough to eat, though if i ever had to own one i’d probably just hang it on my wall to admire from afar (just too beautiful to haphazardly toss my wallet and makeup in, that’s for sure). be sure to explore the Jujumade website and online shop, and also follow Julie on instagram – where you will discover a scottish fold cat called Pancake (!!!)

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Ghosts

these ceramic Ghosts by Anders Arhøj & Louise Gaarmann simply stole my heart – it’s amazing how you can paint a set of eyes on something and suddenly they’re adorable little  creatures.

Based on the ideas of the Japanese Shinto religion believing that everything in nature has a soul – a mountain rock, a plant, a pebble on the beach – Anders ArhøjLouise Gaarmann designed a wide range of ceramic figures and blew life into them. The small Ghosts inhabit your living space and are useful for many things – paper weights, door stoppers, toys, wedding ring holders, kitchen talismans or as company on a lonely night with no friends around to talk to. Each Ghost is unique, hand thrown in earthenware, hand glazed, hand decorated and low-fired in the kiln three times.

photos by Kristina Demant

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