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Ceramic Table Lamps from an LA Modernist

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Ceramic Table Lamps from an LA Modernist

July 14, 2016

Los Angeles–based potter Victoria Morris is known for her tableware—large serving bowls in speckled, earthy brown and lavender glazes—in a style somewhere between California craftsman and countryside Japanese. We recently took note of her lamps, which she has been throwing for the past 10 years.

At first, all Victoria wanted were decent lamps for her home, “I couldn’t afford anything I liked, and couldn’t find much otherwise that didn’t feel generic, so I figured I should make them myself,” she says. Friends in New York started asking for them, then came LA—in particular, friends Roman Alonso and Stephen Johanknecht at LA studio Commune who approached her on a collaboration. The series of smaller, hand-carved patterned lamps is still available through Commune.

Today Victoria is focused on lighting, using the lamps as a forum to experiment and expand on designs. Here’s a look at some of her lamps available directly at Victoria Morris Pottery. They also can be found at Lawson-Fenning in LA and the Future Perfect in NY, and can be made to order.

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Above: The Carved Matte Cobalt Lamp is 22 inches tall and $800.

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Above: All lamps are hand-thrown and -carved and include a linen lampshade.

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Above: The Black Stoneware Mini Lamp is 13 inches tall and $440.

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Above: Victoria cites Modernist artists Gordan and Jane Martz as inspiration. The Hand Carved Large Light Blue Lamp is $950.

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Above: “I’ve also found that a nice pair of lamps is similar to an expensive pair of shoes or handbag—it brings up the rest of what you’ve got going on,” says Victoria. The Small Matte Black Accent Lamp is 15.5 inches tall for $600.

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Above: The Soft Blue Sphere Lamp is 15 inches tall and comes with a burlap lampshade; $575.

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