Ceramics have been a beloved human art form since the beginning of time (we assume), so it's a little odd to say they're having a "moment." But at the same time, aren't they? Blame it on a resurgence of hobbies caused by staying at home all year, but it looks like many of us have turned our penchant for all things porcelain into something bordering on obsession. Whether you've recently taken up wheel-throwing for yourself, or you're just hoarding unique vessels to accommodate your other new interests, our renewed love for ceramics runs deep.
They're also among the easiest category of items for gifting since there's no shortage of darling mugs, dishes, candleholders, and other trinkets that will make a recipient "squee," no matter their aesthetic. Below are some of our favorite stocking stuffers of the earthenware variety — and they're small enough that, if you decide to keep them instead of giving them away, it's hardly noticeable.
Your favorite Brooklynite will swoon over these impeccably detailed porcelain ornaments, which bring all the beauty and character of a historic BKLN block to life.
An artist's tools should be works of art unto themselves, don't you think? Sugarhouse's coveted ceramics are tough to snag (they sell out almost instantly, and new drops can happen at a moment's notice) but they're worth the effort — these handmade painters' palettes will make your family Picasso proud.
Smart, sophisticated smoking ceramics that any millennial would love to find in their stocking — Yew Yew's half-circle pipe in this appealing blush tone will delight fans of the Memphis Group.
One can really never have too many little trays around, whether for corralling things on the coffee table or for setting out snacks.
These understated ceramic taper holders come in sets of two, so you can decide how much you want to spend on stuffing those stockings. They double as bud vases, too. Win-win.
Just try to resist smiling at these minuscule handmade mugs. We dare you.
Ideal for candle lovers, this sophisticated ceramic match striker looks, well, striking on any coffee table.
Another candleholder/vase hybrid, this time painted up in a charming character motif. We think it'd look just as nice, flower-less, styled on a bookshelf.
Ideal for the hip home entertainer on your list.
A little inanimate friend to keep watch over rings and other treasures while they're not in use.
Because those free magnets from your local real estate agent aren't doing much for your fridge's style.
While the ceramicists at HAAND refer to this as an ice cream bowl (because its unique shape works for both scooping and slurping, naturally), we also think it would make a nice catchall in the entryway or on an end table.
The fact that these ring cones could just as easily double as holiday decor makes them even better.
No list of ceramics — big or small — would be complete without a nod to Jonathan Adler, the undisputed king of pop art porcelain. This minute candle holder will make your gift recipient smile every time she catches its eye(s).
Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.