Plastic may have been all the rage in the sixties (was it? ever?) and microwave & dishwasher-safe uniform mugs and dinnerware might still be the most prudent choice but I, for one, can never resist the earth art – the rustic, hand-made, hand-painted, one-of-a-kind ceramics.
Australian artist Madeline King @earth_darlings stretches the boundaries and brings the art of shaping and painting clay to household objects which are most often made from everything but clay. In addition to traditional earthenware, like flower pots, beads and bowls, Madeline also makes the most adorable table and pendant lamps, ceramic mobiles, pendants from recycled, re-shaped and re-baked clay, as well as utensils, including ceramic spoons with driftwood handles.
Didem Firat @didemfiratceramics, based in Ankara, Turkey, sticks with more traditional ceramic dishware, with accent on colour, pattern and the uneven, rugged feel of handcrafted pottery. Didem mixes hand-painted stripes, dots, grids and other abstract patterns with botanical and stylized florals. The folklore motifs, line art markings and the use of ancient symbols on her vases, bowls, pots and mugs, make Didem’s ceramics uniquely fresh and appealing.
Carly Buteux @itsapublicholiday makes ceramic vessels and objects under the Public Holiday brand, based in Sydney. Placing an emphasis on the simplicity of form and graphic accents, Carly’s pottery is also distinguished by the thick, juicy glazes dripping over the rims and markings thus creating rich, saturated layers of colour and sheen. In addition to the luscious turquoises, blues, aquas and greens, Carly’s deep earth tones – ocher, bronze, umber… the whole gamut of browns, from beiges, through red browns, to warm blacks – simply make you want that coffee right now, and right in there, in one of her handmade mugs!
Visit Lana’s Instagram gallery @calico.brush