There's so much to appreciate about giving and receiving something of the earth, especially when it is shaped by hand. Ceramics are so giftable that you'll find multiple pieces in a home, and we're not talking about dinnerware and mugs. They're just not the kind of objects you throw away. Our ceramics are keepsakes, conversation pieces, family heirlooms, beloved art — and breakable. It's perhaps this fact, their delicate nature, that makes ceramics so prized. Here are 11 ceramic pieces on our holiday gift wish list this season.
Artist, illustrator, and muralist Martha Rich knows how to get people's attention, especially with her colorful and humorous collaboration with Fringe Studio. You know you want these for yourself.
For cup-size planters, consider these. H for Hannah artist Hannah Morrow's Jupiter line of planters, "representing California in pot form," was inspired by David Hockney's pool paintings. To avoid showing favoritism among loved ones, gift in different colors.
You may have seen Hennessey's ceramics in a number of cookbooks, including Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady and Japanese Home Cooking by Sonoko Sakai. Her work is that loved by chefs. And these bowls would dress up any table, whatever the occasion.
You can't go wrong gifting this feel-good plate that can be used as decor or for everyday dining. The colors are so bright and cheery, with the sun setting, we just want to live in this scene.
The kind of mug that gets people talking is the kind of gift that a social person would appreciate. Our first question: How does it feel to hold it? Let us know. Eunbi Cho's tagline for her work is fitting: "Made for Play."
When's the last time someone gave you a decorative bell as a present? That's why we want to bring back this old-school present.
Whether holding a single stem or multiple ones, this vase creates a lovely still life. Bouquets be gone; the lucky gift recipient can make a statement in the home with a mere flower or two.
Really, anything by Angelica Morales Gamez would go on our gift list as her work is so distinct. Many pieces by the Mexican master ceramicist and painter can be found at POCHETCA, Mexico by Hand, and It's Cactus.
Godeleine de Rosamel is all about whimsy. Her ceramics, prints, and books are a meditation on joy and imagination. How could you not one of her pieces in your home? Giant Robot carries many of her pieces, including her lovable characters as ceramic wall decor.
This pitcher is the kind of piece kept in families for generations. There's something irresistible about the gradient and the multiple ways this can be used in the home. (See the home of Heath co-owner Cathy Bailey and learn her design tips.)
You like tiny treasures? So do we. These are as portable and cute as planters get, created by SoCal potter Alex Aleshire. Pick up a bunch for different friends or layer for style points. Check out her Kissy Face line of planters too for ceramics with attitude.
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Author and book editor Teena Apeles is a collector of vintage pieces and untold stories. She writes about art, culture, design, activism, and history, and edits books on an even wider range of subjects. One of her favorite projects was the anthology Dear Seller: Real Estate Love Letters from Los Angeles, a unique exploration of the lives and homes of Angelenos, for Narrated Objects.