medium /// ceramic

“a really slow magician”


Yes, you’re seeing that correctly. It’s a bunny-deer. Today I’m talking to LA based ceramicist Debra Broz. Her work is so fun, and oh so very labor intensive. They’re like ceramic collages! All of these pieces are one of kind – two pieces truly merged into one… that’s right, no molds… just very precise cutting tools, a truckload of patience, and some major talent. I couldn’t wait to find out how she worked her “slow magic” to reimagine these little animals, and she was kind enough to tell me everything. Listen right up there under the bunny-deer, or subscribe on iTunes. As you’re listening, take a look at the things we talked about in the order that we talked about them. First up, the two-headed lamb that started it all {and a couple of my other favorites}:


Gah! So weird and amazing and bizarre and beautiful! I told her I was going to find a few critters at my local thrift shop so she could work her slow magic with them… this is what I found:


Um, yeah. I’m going to need to see that pig head on something… I’ll have to pack up a box and send him down! Ok, next up, the “Twin Persians” and the horses with hands {ps. she bought the hands in 2007 and the horses 2014… ah, a seven year wait but oh so worth it. They’re now joined in harmony!}


Weird! And wonderful. Here’s the bird/deer that she mentioned. I love this one. Oh, these colors!


I love it all! And before we wrap this up, here are a bunch of links to some other tidbits we talked about:

~ To buy her work, please visit her site, and if you’re brave enough to have her do a commission with your grandmother’s ceramics you can contact her via her site too!

~ If you’re in California before December 27, her work is in a show, titled RE-MADE, at the American Museum of Ceramic Art.

~ Speed-round gem, her favorite movie from her teen years… Reality Bites (classic!)

Thanks so much to Debra for giving us a peek behind the curtain, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and thanks to YOU for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.



Tiny, delicate faces staring back while you have your coffee, tea, or … cigarette. Yes, those little men are ashtrays! But if you don’t smoke, may I suggest using them as eggcups ; ) This is the work of London based ceramicist, Kinska, and every single piece makes me very happy. I think I need that candle holder head at the very top of the post. You can find/buy her work from her online shop.

{via art is a way}

isabella di sclafani


Ok. I think I may need an intervention. I am obviously obsessed with bizarre portraits… painted or ceramic {that dog. omg, that dog.} This is the work of Montreal based artist Isabella Di Sclafani. Her portfolio is FULL of weird little faces that I could look at all day. Help.

{Isabella’s work is available in her shop}

laurent craste


This is the work of Montreal based artist Laurent Craste. All of these pieces are from his series titled, “Abuse”. So strange to see something as delicate as porcelain treated this way, yet not actually broken. Never broken. So beautiful and so powerful… and could be interpreted in so many ways. {I survived an abusive relationship, in my early 20s, and this work gives me chills/makes me a bit sad… but also incredibly proud. Proud that, just like this porcelain, I didn’t break either.}

katy krantz


Stunning ceramic necklaces… that happen to be up to 3 feet in length. Amazing. This is the organic, delicate, beautiful, large-scale work of Seattle based ceramics artist Katy Krantz. They are part of an ongoing series titled, The Gifts…. very appropriately named because all of these pieces have just gone to the top of my gift list {hint hint Gregory West}

{Her work used to be available through Totokaelo, a gorgeous shop in Seattle… but not sure where to find it now. If you know, let me know.}

sonia pulido


A paper doll… made from porcelain. So. Much. Love. This is the work of Barcelona based artist/illustrator Sonia Pulido. All of her work, but especially the ceramic pieces, are so whimsical, feminine, with a little touch of weird {my favorite!}. That final piece, titled “The Weights”, is killing me. So gorgeous.

{some of Sonia’s pieces are available in her shop, UHALLA!}

jen collins


Lions and tigers and ladies, oh my … and some crossed fingers that I love but couldn’t fit into my clever little Oz throwback. Anywho, I absolutely love this ceramic work by Scottish born, Toronto based artist/illustrator Jen Collins. Her portfolio is filled with lovely drawings as well, but it’s these beautiful breakables that are calling my name… especially those ladies… I have a thing for portraits, and when they’re ceramic, even more so!

{via Kate Singleton on Pinterest … her ceramics board is amazing!}

lorien stern


Normally I am not a fan of sharks, but make them out of clay and pair them with rainbows, and I’m totally on board! This is the ceramic work of California based artist Lorien Stern, and I love it all. A gallery wall covered in sharks and rainbows? YES. So much.

{via Pattern Pulp}

mariko paterson


Tiger plates, pirate bowls, and what might possibly be the best cat urn in the entire world. This is the whimsicle work of Canadian ceramicist Mariko Paterson. I love this description, that I found on her site, of her studio and her process:

“So, this is the thing. We are a little operation and my wiener dogs,
as much as I would like for them to help in the studio…well, they are useless.

Each piece is handmade either on the wheel or by sheer force of my hands.
They are then decorated to death and fired up to four, count ’em, four times.
I wish I could work faster, but alas, I am a slow, but steady little machine.”

Love! I have two wiener dogs too… also useless {but cute}. Some of her work is available in her shop, or you can follow her on Instagram to see her latest pieces. ps. Thanks to Bella for sending me a link to Mariko’s work!

vika mitrichenko


Gasp! Love! Porcelain trophies given for the best reasons ever {be sure to read the blue handwriting on each piece}.  This is the fantastic work of Russian artist {Amsterdam based} Vika Mitrichenko. I’ve been trying to find the meaning of this series, titled Trophy Cups, and what I gather is that her father was a swim coach for the Soviet National team. Apparently he was asked to coach in the USA, but he chose not to do it because he couldn’t take his family with him. What a wonderful dad… clearly he deserves all of these gorgeous awards {that final piece really makes sense now!}

*Thanks to Jessica for seeing these beauties in Amsterdam and then emailing me about them.