best of: ceramics, a love story.
by victoria comment


ceramic plates and bowls on suspended shelf. / sfgirlbybay

even though ceramics and pottery have been around since like, what, the caveman days, i feel like it’s been having this real renaissance of late. perhaps it’s all the open shelving popping up in kitchens everywhere — people feel the need to share their ceramic collections much more, well, openly. they’re taking pride in their new and vintage stoneware and pottery and collecting new pieces to add to their already existing pieces. i know i’ve been doing it for a while now, too. i went through a phase where all i wanted was white pottery, then it was black pieces from places like Oaxaca. now it’s a combination of both with some neutral earthware thrown in for good measure.

ceramics with leather string on marble countertop. / sfgirlbybay

it also seems like a lot more artisans are making pottery and ceramics and amateurs are taking on the hobby, too. it seems so therapeutic, so i can see why. i know quite a few people who have started creating their own beautiful collections — take professional photographers lily glass and sharon montrose, for instance. both have begun their own pottery practice, and lily is currently selling her pieces at oh joy!. my friend natalie shriver, a well-known prop stylist also makes incredible ceramics (if you’re in L.A. — she sells them at Now Serving in chinatown and has a pop-up at twig & twine on march 17). i’m carrying a lot of vintage pieces we’ve found in france, too. other favorite sources are elsie green (for vintage stoneware), sara paloma, bailey doesn’t bark, pigeon toe ceramics, song tea & ceramics — honestly my favorites go on and on. they’re all so uniquely beautiful — i hope you’ll hunt down some favorites and start a collection of your own.

pink and tan tall ceramic vases. / sfgirlbybay

modern white kitchen with open shelving and ceramic mugs and glassware. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring ceramic goods. / sfgirlbybay

unique ceramic hand painted vase. / sfgirlbybay

collection of small ceramic vases and stash pots. / sfgirlbybay

black ceramic vase on rustic wood table. / sfgirlbybay

collection of neutral ceramic jugs and vases. / sfgirlbybay

neutral collection of brown and cream ceramic dishware. / sfgirlbybay

cacti inside ceramic and terra cotta bowls with small white ceramic jug. / sfgirlbybay

modern kitchen with curated collection of ceramics on open shelves. / sfgirlbybay

black and neutral ceramic bowls. / sfgirlbybay

modern kitchen with open shelves and marble backsplash with ceramic dishware. / sfgirlbybay

speckled ceramic plates. / sfgirlbybay

curated ceramics collection on open white shelving. / sfgirlbybay

rustic wood china cabinet displaying ceramic dishes. / sfgirlbybay

neutral ceramic dishware in modern kitchen with rustic wood open shelves and white subway tile backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: behind the scenes at the freaky raku via betty slui; fine little day ceramic platters; lisa says gah; leanne citrone’s ktichen shelves via rip & tan; katoqu; and their shop dot & co.; Ceramic Artist and Sculptor Andrei Davidoff via the 189; super marché vintage stoneware bowls; lrnce ceramics via milk decoration; super marché vintage stoneware vessels; @generallyworn; super marché stoneware urn pitcher; lrnce ceramics via milk decoration; eefje de coninck; leanne ford interiors by nicole franzen photography; bodie & fou; @maraserene; ck design co.; maison hand; ana degenaar; remodelista; super marché vintage stoneware plates; hazel & scout; lantiv; the winter shop via eat bread & butter.

3 responses to “best of: ceramics, a love story.”

  1. i LOVE the super marche vintage stoneware plates and would love to purchase, but the link is broken – do you have another link to find them?

  2. I am so delighted to see your response to having the beauty of pottery in your home for daily use! Having handmade plates, bowls and mugs makes each meal a celebration as you admire the glazing, the form, and the feel of the pieces. I mean, why not make each day a celebration!
    I am a porcelain potter, Carol Barclay, (thus the bias seen above!)
    I have a huge collection of pots from all over the world.If you would enjoy some photos of how I display them, I’d be happy to share!
    I do have one suggestion- perhaps your readers could consciously choose work by living potters who create their pieces by hand. I was so glad see that you have mentioned some studio potters to check out.

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