medium /// ceramic




a little weekend giveaway!

AND THE WINNER(S) ARE:

Yep, I said winners. I’ve decided to give away TWO $100 gift cards to be used on any item on GREAT.LY!!! One of them is from the generous folks at GREAT.LY, and one of them is from me… so many of you lovely people entered, I couldn’t have just one winner! Oh, and all of you should buy something today because GREAT.LY will be offering FREE SHIPPING, all over the world, from today until Aug 17th. True story.

So, the two winners… DANIELLE CAMPBELL and HEATHER BOWLING! Congratulations, ladies! I’ll be in touch with your special checkout code ♥

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A week ago I did post about Lisa Golightly as part of #makegood – a campaign that shone a bright light on several GREAT.LY makers. Well, we decided to turn it into a bit of a competition between tastemakers by putting everyone into teams, and seeing which group could make the most sales for our makers… my team won! Guess what the prize is?

Ok, fine. I’m going to give the card to one of you {to buy whatever you love on GREAT.LY} but let’s just say that I got to keep the card… I have been eyeing all three of these gorgeous things for ages! I rarely buy myself pretty things, so maybe I should just get all of them, yes? YES! {Leather tote by the always amazing/inspiring FashionABLE; Oh. That bar ring, by Handmade Lemonade. Love!; Chunky sparkly earrings, by Bird + Beau, that should clearly be mine}

Of course, it would be really hard not to spend the $100 on art…

I have written about all of this work before, yet I don’t own any of it. Well, obviously, that should be fixed! {Floral/graphic screenprints by Print Club Boston; Dreamy beachy print by Lisa Golightly}

And since I am continually looking for amazing things to put into our hundred year old new-to-us farmhouse, I had to add these beauties to my pretend shopping list too:

Hm. Bit of a woodsy theme going on there. Works for me! {A firewood bag made from recycled fire hoses by Oxgut. Amazing; A geo-wood planter by C.C. Boyce; A set of very foxy bookends by Dmitriy Olshevskiy; and just to keep the woodland creature theme going, ceramic animal dessert plates by Jill Burns.}

Ok, now for some real shopping! Leave a comment below, and I’ll draw one name on Monday August 11th at 9am PST… good luck and happy weekend!





hitomi hosono



Oh. Where to begin? The flowers? The detail? The golden bowls hidden inside of those amazing ceramic orbs? GAH!!! These are the stunning pieces of Japanese-born, London based artist Hitomi Hosono. Here is her description of this beautiful work:

“The subjects of my current porcelain work are shapes inspired by leaves and flowers. I study botanical forms in the garden. I find myself drawn to the intricacy of plants, examining the veins of a leaf, how its edges are shaped, the layering of a flower’s petals. I look, I touch, I draw.”

I love her black & white work {obviously} but she is currently creating a new, colorful series… pop over to designboom to have a look at those gorgeous pieces.





livia marin

Sigh… melted china. Love, love, love.

Ok. I know this might not be the first time you’re seeing these (they’ve been all over the interweb), but come on, they’re just so beautiful I had no choice but to write about them too! This is the ceramic work of London-based Chilean artist Livia Marin. These gorgeous pieces are from her series titled Nomad Patterns, and I love them all. So much.





tammie rubin




Oh. Yes.

The colors! The shapes! The weirdness… I love it all! These stunning sculptures are by American ceramics artist Tammie Rubin. She describes her work as an exploration of “invented narratives utilizing recognizable objects and ideas of the role of ornament and trophy in our daily lives.”  Ok. What do I have to do to win one of these “trophies”… because I will sooooo do it!





michelle quan


Ceramic diamonds… I may have to sit down for a moment. Ok. I’m better… uh-oh, ceramic diamonds in the form of a giant garland. I’ve lost my breath again. This is the work of New York based artist/designer {originally from Vancouver} Michelle Quan.  I came across that amazing garland when I was in TOTOKAELO, an absolutely gorgeous store in Seattle. This was hanging over the inside of their front door, and I loved it immediately. And those diamonds all on their own… so fantastic! I want one for my living room. And maybe a few more for my garden. And one for my bedroom. Oh, ceramic diamonds… love.





daniel ramos obregón



These are so weird, and so beautiful! Daniel Ramos Obregón is a Colombian designer/fashion artist who just recently graduated with an MA Fashion Artefact at London College of Fashion. This body {pun intended} of work is titled Outrospection, The Body and Mind. It is a collection of hand crafted porcelain body casts, gold plated brass metal frames that encompass the body, hand turned Colombian kingwood handles, and vegetable-tanned leather harnesses. Weird. And so beautiful.

{For the slip-casting, he worked side by side with ceramicist Kate Luck. Photographed by Jorge Perez Ortiz}





valeria nascimento




Whoa. I’m honestly not sure what else to say about these striking, organic, delicate, absolutely gorgeous ceramics by Brazilian artist Valeria Nascimento. I mean, that final charcoal black piece? Just, whoa.

ps. Happy weekend! I’m heading to Seattle for a book event at Elliott Bay Book Co. (7~9pm on Saturday) See you there?





jessica harrison




Pretty porcelain ladies with tattoos fit for a sailor… YES! This is the work of Scottish artist Jessica Harrison, and it’s currently showing in Paris at Galerie L.J. The show runs until June 24th, so if you’re lucky enough to be in Paris this Spring you really should pop by… on your way to a Parisian tattoo parlor, perhaps!

{via Colossal}





sophie woodrow



Whoa. I want to read the epic fairytale that should so very clearly go along with this group of beautifully bizarre creatures! This is the magical, ceramic work of British artist Sophie Woodrow. I can’t help but wonder where these crazy characters come from. Oh, here we are:

Her work has been informed by an interest in the Victorians as the first generation who chose to define nature in opposition to what is human. In a spirit of wild curiosity, tinged with fear, the Victorians idolised nature, ‘packaging’ it into highly romanticised, palatable works of art … Pursuing an interest in natural history, Sophie has looked particularly at our continually shifting theories of evolution. Her work has been inspired by the enormous misinterpretations of geological evidence made by the Victorians, often with bluff self-confidence. She regards these misinterpretations as a game of Chinese whispers played over millennia.

“Chinese whispers”. Yep. I think that’s what I’d title the fairytale.

{yet another fabulous ceramic find from art is a way}





katharine morling







Black and white line drawings pulled magically from a sketchbook into the real world through the fantastic ceramic work of UK based artist Katharine Morling. The cameras, the sewing needles, and don’t even get me started on those kitchen utensils!!! L.O.V.E.

{via art is a way}