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14 Women Ceramicists with Cult Followings

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14 Women Ceramicists with Cult Followings

December 14, 2018

When we started Remodelista a decade ago, the ceramics boom was just getting going; 10 years later, a new crop of ceramicists (mostly women, for some reason) has changed the way we think about dinnerware. Here’s a roundup of 14 women ceramicists we’ve covered over the years, in no particular order.

N.B.: Their work sells out quickly, so it’s wise to add yourself to their mailing lists if you want to be informed when new batches come out of the kiln.

Tracie Hervy

We’ve admired Tracie Hervy’s delicate, perfectly proportioned ceramic pieces for a while now; but we hadn’t seen her work in person until this fall’s Field + Supply in Kingston, NY (it was worth the wait). We especially like her Shallow White Stoneware Tray, which is $88 from new online shop Bloomist.
Above: We’ve admired Tracie Hervy’s delicate, perfectly proportioned ceramic pieces for a while now; but we hadn’t seen her work in person until this fall’s Field + Supply in Kingston, NY (it was worth the wait). We especially like her Shallow White Stoneware Tray, which is $88 from new online shop Bloomist.

Sarah Kersten

We first got to know Bay Area ceramicist Sarah Kersten when she exhibited at our Remodelista markets; she’s since gone on to grow her practice to include dinnerware, fermentation jars, covered bowls, and vases. Her Ceramic Nesting Bowls are $65 for a medium size or $260 for a set of three at Food52.
Above: We first got to know Bay Area ceramicist Sarah Kersten when she exhibited at our Remodelista markets; she’s since gone on to grow her practice to include dinnerware, fermentation jars, covered bowls, and vases. Her Ceramic Nesting Bowls are $65 for a medium size or $260 for a set of three at Food52.

Notary Ceramics

Founded by Portland, OR-based Sarah Van Raden, Notary Ceramics uses locally sourced clays and is focused on minimal forms (including the Simple Mugs shown above); the pieces are available directly from Notary Ceramics and from Erica Tanov. (And see a French countryside table setting featuring Notary Ceramics in our post Expert Advice: How to Set a Table Like a Frenchwoman.)
Above: Founded by Portland, OR-based Sarah Van Raden, Notary Ceramics uses locally sourced clays and is focused on minimal forms (including the Simple Mugs shown above); the pieces are available directly from Notary Ceramics and from Erica Tanov. (And see a French countryside table setting featuring Notary Ceramics in our post Expert Advice: How to Set a Table Like a Frenchwoman.)

Clam Lab

Clam Lab founder Clair Catillaz focuses on “elegant, form-focused objects that are made to be touched and used” and are produced in small batches on a human-powered kick wheel or cast from handmade molds. (Read more about her practice at Ceramics Inspired by 20th Century Forms.) The Gray Venus Vase shown above is $320 from Primary Essentials.
Above: Clam Lab founder Clair Catillaz focuses on “elegant, form-focused objects that are made to be touched and used” and are produced in small batches on a human-powered kick wheel or cast from handmade molds. (Read more about her practice at Ceramics Inspired by 20th Century Forms.) The Gray Venus Vase shown above is $320 from Primary Essentials.

Janaki Larson

Janaki Larsen, a potter based in Vancouver, British Columbia, says, ““I love dirt. Everything about it, the colors, the smell, the feel. It wasn’t the academic aspect of art that really interested me, I just wanted to make things.” Her ceramics have a wabi-sabi quality and are glazed in matte blacks, grays, and whites (Janaki refers to these hues as her ‘non-colors'”). Her pieces are available directly from Janaki Larsen.
Above: Janaki Larsen, a potter based in Vancouver, British Columbia, says, ““I love dirt. Everything about it, the colors, the smell, the feel. It wasn’t the academic aspect of art that really interested me, I just wanted to make things.” Her ceramics have a wabi-sabi quality and are glazed in matte blacks, grays, and whites (Janaki refers to these hues as her ‘non-colors'”). Her pieces are available directly from Janaki Larsen.

Akiko

Akiko Graham, originally from Hokkaido, Japan, makes handmade stoneware tableware—either wheel thrown or slab built—in her Seattle studio. Her work can be seen in some of Seattle and San Francisco’s best-known restaurants (Dahlia Lounge, the Slanted Door, Sitka & Spruce, among others). For ordering information, go to Akiko’s Pottery.
Above: Akiko Graham, originally from Hokkaido, Japan, makes handmade stoneware tableware—either wheel thrown or slab built—in her Seattle studio. Her work can be seen in some of Seattle and San Francisco’s best-known restaurants (Dahlia Lounge, the Slanted Door, Sitka & Spruce, among others). For ordering information, go to Akiko’s Pottery.

Natalie Weinberger

Natalie Weinberger is a Brooklyn-based studio potter and ceramic designer working on a range of custom and creative projects; her work can be found at Primary Essentials in Brooklyn. (Also see her ceramic lamps at Object of Desire: Retro Stone-Cold Lamps by a Brooklyn Maker.)
Above: Natalie Weinberger is a Brooklyn-based studio potter and ceramic designer working on a range of custom and creative projects; her work can be found at Primary Essentials in Brooklyn. (Also see her ceramic lamps at Object of Desire: Retro Stone-Cold Lamps by a Brooklyn Maker.)
 LA-based Victoria Morris’ work is inspired in part by mid-century Scandinavian forms as well as traditional Japanese aesthetics and craftsmanship; her White Speckled Lidded Canisters are available from March in San Francisco; prices start at $400.
Above: LA-based Victoria Morris’ work is inspired in part by mid-century Scandinavian forms as well as traditional Japanese aesthetics and craftsmanship; her White Speckled Lidded Canisters are available from March in San Francisco; prices start at $400.

Henry Street Studio

Henry Street Studio is a small-batch Williamsburg, Brooklyn, ceramics studio founded several years ago by mother-and-daughter team Loren and Aliza Simons; contact them directly for ordering information.  (See our post A Family Affair: Henry Street Studio.)
Above: Henry Street Studio is a small-batch Williamsburg, Brooklyn, ceramics studio founded several years ago by mother-and-daughter team Loren and Aliza Simons; contact them directly for ordering information.  (See our post A Family Affair: Henry Street Studio.)

Paula Greif

We first posted on ceramicist Paul Greif in 2012, when we toured her Brooklyn house (“I’ve set myself a creative goal, to make everything in my kitchen by hand, including my tableware,” she said at the time). When she relocated to Hudson, NY, we followed (see Living Above the Shop: Ceramic Artist Paula Greif in Hudson, NY). View her work at Paula Greif (she is busy at work making new pieces, which will be available soon).
Above: We first posted on ceramicist Paul Greif in 2012, when we toured her Brooklyn house (“I’ve set myself a creative goal, to make everything in my kitchen by hand, including my tableware,” she said at the time). When she relocated to Hudson, NY, we followed (see Living Above the Shop: Ceramic Artist Paula Greif in Hudson, NY). View her work at Paula Greif (she is busy at work making new pieces, which will be available soon).

Humble Ceramics

Founded by Belgian-born artist Delphine Lippens, Humble Ceramics produces “artisan pottery made with mindfulness in South Los Angeles, one small batch at a time.” The Stillness Dinner Collection shown above is $105 from Shoppe Amber. (Also see our post Small-Batch, Big-Demand: Humble Ceramics of LA.)
Above: Founded by Belgian-born artist Delphine Lippens, Humble Ceramics produces “artisan pottery made with mindfulness in South Los Angeles, one small batch at a time.” The Stillness Dinner Collection shown above is $105 from Shoppe Amber. (Also see our post Small-Batch, Big-Demand: Humble Ceramics of LA.)

Julie Cloutier

Northern California-based Julie Cloutier spent more than a decade working in small SF architecture firms before striking out on her own as a ceramicist. “My work focuses on handheld sculptures, functional wares, and everyday objects,” she says. Her Stoneware Candlesticks are $40 each from the General Store.
Above: Northern California-based Julie Cloutier spent more than a decade working in small SF architecture firms before striking out on her own as a ceramicist. “My work focuses on handheld sculptures, functional wares, and everyday objects,” she says. Her Stoneware Candlesticks are $40 each from the General Store.

Kati Von Lehman

Portland, OR-based artist Kati Von Lehman makes ceramic tableware from her home studio. Shown above is her three-piece dinner set; contact her directly to order.
Above: Portland, OR-based artist Kati Von Lehman makes ceramic tableware from her home studio. Shown above is her three-piece dinner set; contact her directly to order.

Miro Made This

Phoenix, Arizona–based Miro Chun was a practicing architect when, unable to find prep and serving bowls she liked, she took up ceramics to remake the tableware in her kitchen. She left architecture, and in 2014 she started ceramics company Miro Made This. (Read more about her in Miro Made This: Architect-Designed Ceramics for Everyday Life.) The Cream Stoneware Teacups shown above are $40 each from Miro Made This.
Above: Phoenix, Arizona–based Miro Chun was a practicing architect when, unable to find prep and serving bowls she liked, she took up ceramics to remake the tableware in her kitchen. She left architecture, and in 2014 she started ceramics company Miro Made This. (Read more about her in Miro Made This: Architect-Designed Ceramics for Everyday Life.) The Cream Stoneware Teacups shown above are $40 each from Miro Made This.

For more ceramics, see:

On Our Radar: 4 Up-and-Coming Ceramicists to Watch in Maine

10 Easy Pieces: Handmade Dinnerware from Ceramics Studios

Classic French Ceramics Reinvented

10 Easy Pieces: Ceramic Trays

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