2.25.2011

handmade ceramics

shino takeda ceramics

juliet gorman ceramics

clam lab ceramics

top row: Shino Takeda cups from the Mociun store
 middle row: Juliet Gorman pieces
bottom row: mugs from Clam Lab

It's raining today, and all I want is a nice cup of tea.  Drinking tea is such a comforting ritual that I enjoy every day in the afternoon, and it's even more special when I drink from a handmade vessel.  If I could afford it, I'd replace every piece of dishware I own with lovely handmade pottery.  In the past year I've been cultivating quite an obsession.  My studiomate has a collection of tiny plates that she made, and I love them dearly.  I really want to take a pottery class!  When I was a kid, my mom signed me up for all sorts of pottery classes at the local college, and I even got to use a pottery wheel.  (Speaking of which, have you seen this episode of Community?  Hilarious.)  Yeah, my mom is awesome.  Anyways, I really want to get back into it.  But in the meantime I'll scour the internet for pieces I can buy.  Aren't these beautiful?  They're some of my favorites.

15 comments:

Snows said...

In my little home town is a very typical thing to do! But I haven't done anything since I was a kid, bc we saw it as "old lady stuff".
Now I will love to do it again! I'm with you with the importance of the tea ritual!
sorry for my English, I think everyday is worse..
Have a nice weekend!

Chapstick Fanatic said...

spoiler alert: monday i am having a giveaway and it involves pottery. you should stop by.

http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

Carly said...

I'm at the tail end of my first pottery classes since high school. It was soo much fun, and I have so many great bowls and vases to show for it - well worth the cost of the class! Below are some of my favorite pieces.

http://louderspace.blogspot.com/2010/12/pottery.html

joyce said...

i love handmade ceramics too! the glazes can be so beautiful.

in high school i took a pottery class but was terrible on the wheel. i produced some very heavy ashtray-type things.

Hetterson said...

Ceramics classes are so fun! I took 3 terms when I was in college, best class EVER! So relaxing too. College was kind of a stressful experience for me and ceramics lab always helped me unwind....

Morgan said...

I love that necklace.

Also, the episode of Community you are talking about is hilarious. I guess pretty much every episode is though.

Sarvi said...

Those are lovely. I have been thinking of trying to make some ceramic buttons, after buying these very pretty ones online: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hemoglobinhummingbird/5474580768/

It seems as though it shouldn't be too hard to do.

ashima said...

if you ever visit San Francisco, you should go to the Heath Ceramics store in Sausalito. They give free tours of their production facility. Very inspiring and beautiful.

Jennifer said...

Wikstenmade Ceramics!
I'm in!
You must take a class!

Kathleen said...

Love the colors

Jihee said...

Ohh hose are absolutely beautiful! I agree, pretty mugs make tea/coffee a little better haha.

Oh and I love Community. I loved this episode haha "what is going on my blueberries?" hehe. awesome

Gray said...

I miss taking ceramics classes so much it hurts. I took classes all throughout middle school, high school, and college but haven't had a lot of time for it since I started working. My old job used to be on the same block as the art studio where I took ceramics classes. I actually miss both the job and the studio so much.

On a totally unrelated note, have you ever tried using a sweater stone to de-pill knit items? I was going to buy the fabric shaver you recommended in a previous post but some of the reviews that mentioned shredded items scared me, so I tried the stone first and it's amazing. I like having total control over it and I suppose it's a bit more eco-friendly. I'm still going to buy the shaver, though, since the stone doesn't work well on some of my sweaters.

saradowle said...

I find these ceramics so so beautiful! Id also love to do a pottery class!

Tracey said...

You have collected some beautiful pieces together to share with us all ... I best not go and browse myself, otherwise my bank balance may heartily object! ;)

Handmade is always best in my opinion, and there's nothing better than drinking and dining from handmade wares.

Leila said...

There's one studio in Williamsburg and another in Carroll Gardens where you can take wheel classes. I meant to do one the entire time I was in Brooklyn but never managed it!

Thanks for the link to Community. I've never seen that show but now I think I have to track it down!