medium /// ceramic




2014…

Ok, this was hard. I love absolutely everything that I’ve got stocked in my online gallery, but I can’t put everything in the gift guide… it might break the internet! There are no warm woolen mittens or whiskers on kittens, but these are a few of my favorite things {cue Julie Andrews}. Huge abstract prints, delicate watercolors, and vintage cars for your walls… books, planters, and trays for your studio! Happy holiday shopping – I hope you find something you love:

{Walls: 1. Lola Donoghue, 30″x40″, $200 // 2. Lisa Golightly, both 11″x11″, $35 // 3. Nathalie Cusson, 22″x18″, $105  // 4. Kelly Ventura, both 11″x14″, $42  // 5. Kiana Mosley, 11″x14″, $65  or  18″x24″, $125}

{Studio: 1. Traci Yau, 2″ concrete diamonds, $9 // 2. Alicia Zwicewicz, cat planter, $50  // 3. Sea & Asters, 2.5″ wood planter, $25 // 4. Stacy Altiery, 6″x6″ gold foil tray, $40  // 5. Creative Block, $25 & Collage, $25 }





frances lambe



Oh. My. This is the perforated, pokey, smooth, organic ceramic work of Irish sculptor Frances Lambe. Instead of trying to explain this myself, I’m going to let this paragraph, found on Frances’ site, do all of the work in describing these pieces:

The work springs from visual research into disparate areas of interest including geography, biology, botany and astronomy. She is fascinated by the visual ‘inter-relatedness’ of life on our planet. Life forms that exist underwater mimic those on land. Visual information distilled from a variety of sources is combined in individual pieces. Observed effects of weathering on surfaces influences the form and texture of the work.

Yes. Well said.





i heart affordable art

It’s not always easy to find affordable art that you love… but it is possible, I promise! I have all sorts of stuff in my house – a few amazing originals, but honestly, lots and lots of prints from lots and lots of my favorite artists. There is something so energizing about walking into a room and seeing a piece you love hanging on the wall… and when it’s affordable, well, even better! I’ve made a conscious effort to have pieces in my online gallery, GalleryONE, that won’t break the bank. Here are just a few that range from $20 to $200. I hope you find something you like…

1. Kathleen Turner $25  2. Kathleen Turner $20  3. Lisa Golightly $22  4. Becky Kemp $22  5. Becky Kemp $22  6. Wilder California $30

1. Shannon Rankin $45  2. Shannon Rankin $45  3. Kelly Ventura $42  4. Alicia Zwicewicz $50  5. Kiana Mosley $65

1. Print Club Boston $100  2. Print Club Boston $100  3. Jaime Rovenstine $100  4. Jaime Rovenstine $150  5. Lola Donoghue $200  6. Lola Donoghue $200  7. Lola Donoghue $200

Tah-dah! And there are many, many more pieces for you to choose from in the gallery. Pop over and take a peek {and if there is an artist you think I absolutely have to show at GalleryONE, please let me know!}





debra broz

Do these weird little creatures look familiar? I wrote about these ceramic “Oddities” by Los Angeles based artist Debra Broz a few years ago. So sweet. Soooo weird {which of course is my favorite combo!} Well, she’s at it again with this series…


Gah! “Rabbit as Fox” and “Lamb as Bear”… I absolutely LOVE these beautiful weirdos from Debra’s series, “Disguises”. Who knows what kind of ceramics she’ll manipulate next, but you better believe that I’ll be ready ‘n waiting!





rami kim


Don’t you love it when your cereal bowls, planters, tea cups, and salt n pepper shakers stare back at you? Me too! I have a thing for ceramics that are super weird… and totally useful {ok, those staring heads with blue dots are just weird, but I want them anyway}. This is the whimsical work of Los Angeles based artist Rami Kim. According to her bio she “loves working with puppets, paper, watercolor, gouache and lastly, clay, which has led her to a whole new adventure.” And what a weird/useful adventure it is! LOVE.

{This work is available in her shop}





beth lo



Oh, I cannot even tell you how much I love these little ceramic children stuck to the wall! They are the work of American artist Beth Lo – she was born in the USA to parents who had immigrated from China…

“My work revolves primarily around issues of family and my Asian-American background. Cultural marginality and blending, tradition and Westernization, language and translation are key elements in my work.”

So fantastic! Beth is a very accomplished artist {clearly}, and she also happens to be a professor of ceramics & drawing at the University of Montana… is it too late for me to enroll?!





éric hibelot & jean-marc fondimare



Dots and stripes and wonky shapes! Oh, boy. I really really love these ceramic bottles – they sort of look like strange drawings, brought to life! Éric Hibelot & Jean-Marc Fondimare are French ceramic designers that together are, l’atelier des garçons… their work is so much fun, and what I wouldn’t give to spend an afternoon surrounded by all of these pieces in their gorgeous, light-filled shop/studio, a few hours south of Paris in the French countryside. Sigh…





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.