Drawing inspiration from post-war studio pottery and mid-century design, self-taught ceramist Matthew Ward's work blends the past and present in a charming manner. His glazed stoneware Totem Vase is seven inches tall and features a pattern reminiscent...
Take it back to the basics with this wonderfully simple pipe from Portland-based studio Pursuits of Happiness. Duo April Brimer and Pavel Cherny dutifully hand-make each piece from start to finish, in teal, green or pink.
Peddled under the name Gatorbeug, the handmade earthenware pipes by Australian designer Tom Mason are equal parts art objet and functional device. This sculptural, smokable banana might inspire healthier choices when the munchies set in.
"Will Play Keys For Cheese" Plate
London-based illustrator James Ward—who goes by the moniker Jimbob Art—uses cheeky animal drawings to portray humans' innate desires. "I Will Play Keys for Cheese" is the perfect sentiment for the turophile in your life. Each eight-inch bone china...
Brooklyn-based ceramicist Karen Aragon keeps it classy with subtle smoking tools handmade at her Greenpoint studio. The lipstick one-hitter comes with a mirror-lined holder for touch-ups on the go.
Interview: Joey Roth on His Ceramic Towers
Industrial designer Joey Roth has been thinking about his just-released, minimal ceramic towers for some time—even before his subwoofer, he tells us, which was over three years ago. The final execution is a grand, sculptural creation measuring...
Ghost Candle Holder
Copenhagen's Studio Arhoj are masters at combining minimal design with cute characters to create homewares you actually want on display. Spooky but sweet, their ghost candle-holders are hand-cast and glazed in transparent porcelain and add warm light...
Studio Visit: Industrial Designer Mark Braun
"Let's say that I'm very close to messy," industrial designer Mark Braun says as we enter his Treptow, Berlin studio. "But it helps with my work." While the three-room space contains fascinating items aplenty (be that tools, inspirational knickknacks...
Studio Visit: Phill Kiho Kim's PKK Ceramics
When we visit ceramic artist Phill Kiho Kim's PKK Ceramics Echo Park studio, he explains how his obsession with coffee led him to ceramics, then coffee and back to ceramics. The culmination of Kim's passions manifested when he combined the two, most...
Studio Visit: Reiko Kaneko
At the softly sun-bathed studio of ceramics designer Reiko Kaneko, working with glaze is one big experiment. Occasionally, her steady process of trial and error includes herself, such as the first time she worked with a toxic raw lacquer and accidentally...
CH Global Spin: Japanese Ceramics
by Karen Day In Japan, tea is a serious subject. As we learned by participating in Tom Sachs’ artistic take on the traditional tea ceremony at New York's Noguchi Museum this year, the concept of chanoyu dates back to the 9th century, adheres to...
Smiley Face Cup
There might not be a more cheerful way to drink your coffee each morning than out of this smiley face cup. Crafted from non-toxic, locally sourced materials, it's also food and oven safe. Available in four sizes (from four to 16 ounces), each vessel...
Must-Touch Porcelain Tableware by Piaule
Piaule launched with an ambitious idea: release thoughtfully considered homewares, one at a time—and make them so well that there's no need to offer a selection of "choices." The online brand has already perfected the ultra-lightweight, quick-drying...
Handmade just outside of Portland by The Pursuits of Happiness, the lumpy but lovely "Bump Mug" features porcelain protrusions that are painted with 22k gold, so it's a little bit fancy too. Crafted from white porcelain and glazed to a shiny delight...
London-based artist Charlotte Mei handcrafts ceramic characters that are very cute, but avoid being saccharine—and are also always functional. From toast-shaped plates with rosy cheeks to little worm sculptures, many of her creations are limited edition...
Ceramic Match Striker
Much more easy on the eyes than the go-to neon orange disposable lighter is this ceramic match-holder handmade by LA-based artist couple Kat Hutter and Roger Lee from their collaborative homewares line, Kat and Roger. Drag a "strike anywhere" match...
Ceramic Lamb Butter Dish
Yes, butter can taste even better—when it's guarded by a hand-sculpted lamb. This glazed green M Crow & Co butter dish is made in Philadelphia in a production workshop run by Tyler Hays (founder of luxe furniture studio BDDW). If it's sold out online...
Colectivo 1050° Ceramics
“For designers, problems are possibilities: the source for innovation,” says Kythzia Barrera. The problem? The rapid disappearance of Oaxacan pottery workshops and with it, the eradication of traditional Mexican clay-making processes that stem back...
Entler's Two- and Three-Headed Lamps
First impressions of Entler's cast stoneware lamps: organic and weird, yet completely charming. The curved necks evoke a curious creature (or maybe even modern-day humans, craning over our phones) and the Shorty Lamp goes one step further to resemble...
Studio van Broekhoven + Olivier van Herpt: Solid Vibrations
The "Solid Vibration" project is an ongoing collaboration between Eindhoven, The Netherlands-based sound laboratory Studio van Broekhoven and industrial designer Olivier van Herpt, who built a custom ceramic printer where the extruding clay is...
Altered Antique Ceramic Plate + David Bowie
For fans of Ziggy Stardust, this antique floral dinner plate is embellished with David Bowie's face. Charming and colorful, the blend of kitsch and Bowie's now-retro superfuture character is a delightful juxtaposition—one to look at, rather than eat...
KWAMBIO's Customizable Design Objects
Oftentimes, the aesthetic quality of 3D-printed objects means—no matter how useful—the products are ultimately unattractive. Of course, much progress has been made over the last few years, and the varying levels of amateur and professional work...
A collaboration between CH favorite, LA-based Ben Medansky and Shop Cooper Hewitt, this speckled ceramic vessel can be used as a mug, catch-all or a vase. The eye-catching piece—like much of Medansky's work—blends natural, organic touches with bright...
This handmade earthenware "Bikini 2" plate by London-based Amy Worrall will brighten any gloomy day. Measuring approximately 9.5 inches, it's hand-glazed and depicts three bronzed babes posing away on the beach. The shades-wearing women will have...