Workaday Handmade

by Anh-Minh on August 15, 2014

workadayForrest Lewinger is the Brooklyn ceramicist behind Workaday Handmade, a collection of one-of-a-kind vessels. I was immediately drawn to the carefree nature of his patterns. And I became even more enamored with his work when I read the story of how he launched his business, as shared by Of A Kind (which is one of my favorite shops ever):

“A Georgia guy who moved to NYC in 2011, Forrest, who spends his days as a potter and production assistant for a high-end ceramicist, decided to commit his midday meal time to creating one original piece of artwork per day—clay creations, glazed blue, that he called lunch pots. After a few months at it in 2012, these projects began to take over his apartment—and friends asked to take them off his hands. … In fact, they were the start of his own company. Since those early days, he has expanded his scope to hand-thrown and -painted cups, bowls, and vases, has mixed up his color palette, has gotten a studio space, and has added some after-hours time to the schedule.”

Quite a few of his pieces are sold out on his site, but luckily, there’s a handy list of stockists so you can track down more of his work.

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{ Images via Workaday Handmade }



Ceramics by Leah Goren

by Joanna on August 4, 2014


Best known for her quirky-cool illustrations and surface designs, Leah Goren is also trying her hand at ceramics. The Brooklyn-based artist’s fun patterns feature myriad motifs—I’m partial to the cat-inspired one above—and you can now find them on plates, vases, mugs, and cups. The ceramics are hand-built and therefore one of a kind.

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{ Images via Leah Goren; found on Cool Hunting }


Leah Ball

by Anh-Minh on April 17, 2014

Perhaps it’s because my childhood home was filled with greenery and my parents are avid gardeners—I’ve got a thing for hanging planters. The only problem? I am terrible at maintaining plants! Even succulents and air plants, which are supposed to be easy to keep, don’t survive in my care. But that doesn’t stop me from coveting planters—I just re-purpose them to hold other things. (They’re great for pens and pencils, as well as small office supplies like my stash of Post-Its and binder clips.)

Right now, I’ve got my eye on Leah Ball’s planters. I love the contrast between the marbled porcelain of the vessels and the natural rope. There’s a variety of hues, but my favorite is probably the blue-and-white combination (shown below)—although the black-and-green is a close second!

In addition to hanging planters, Leah makes dishes, cream-and-sugar sets, mugs, and tabletop planters. And she is a talented jewelry designer as well, as you can see from the cast metal collection sold in her shop. I was also thrilled to discover the “Portrait Series” section of her site; it includes a handful of short interviews with some fantastic creatives.

{ All images via Leah Ball’s Etsy shop }


Fort Standard

by Anh-Minh on April 10, 2014

I’m always excited to come across a new-to-me store that stocks home accessories and furnishings that I haven’t previously seen. That was the case with Fort Standard, a Brooklyn-based studio founded by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings. They’ve collaborated with other brands (such as Roll & Hill, Areaware, and All-Clad), as well as design and make their own products that, as they put it on their site, “exemplify an understanding of materials and the balance between form and function.”

Some of my favorite Fort Standard pieces are shown in the above photo, and you can see them in more detail below.

Standard Ware is a collection of faceted bone china, made for 1882 and produced in England.

Fort Standard’s cutting boards come in three shapes and in either American walnut or curly maple. I especially love the large donut-like hanging hole!

And on the furniture front, I’m coveting the stone and wood Elevate Table. The design is available with different geometric-shaped tops (e.g., hexagon, triangle).

{ All images from Fort Standard }


Paper & Clay

by Joanna on April 8, 2014

Paper & Clay is one of those ceramic lines that is all about special details: the quirky loop of a teacup handle, the casual slope of a spout, and the proportional play of layered glazes. These handmade ceramic pieces are “inspired by the flawless and simple design of the Scandinavian region,” but made in a Memphis studio by artist Brit McDaniel. I especially love her pieces that are simpler in color with an almost dipped aesthetic.

{ Images via Paper & Clay }