Echo Park Pottery

by Anh-Minh on November 13, 2012

I definitely have pottery on the brain these days; a lot of the pieces that I’m attracted to are essentially functional art. Take these mugs by ceramicists and sculptor Peter Shire of Echo Park Pottery, which dates back to 1972. Dragging myself out of bed every morning would be a little easier if my reward included sipping tea or coffee out of one of these slab construction, handmade vessels. (The colorful splattered motif was apparently inspired by Sam Francis’ paintings.)

In San Francisco, you can marvel at an array of Shire’s work in person at Gravel & Gold, which is where I first became obsessed with these mugs! And if you’re in Los Angeles, Shire has listed three dates—December 2, 3, and 4—on which he’ll be selling his pottery out of his studio on Echo Park Avenue. (Psst … I love this video on Shire, his crafts, and his cups.)

{ All photos from Echo Park Pottery }

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