INSTA-INSPO | CERAMIC LOVE

I have a major soft spot for hand crafted ceramics. We have a small collection of Heath Ceramics mugs and wares we use on the daily here. It started with a trip to San Fran for our "familymoon" the fall after we got married. It was our first big trip as a fam (then just David, Nila, and I) and although it was peppered with our usual pathetic travelers' mishaps (seriously, we are terrible travelers) we had the best trip. We stayed at a teeny tiny airbnb in Sausalito and were blown away by the Bay Area and all the great food and design everywhere. We strolled down to the Heath Ceramics factory and toured the space where the iconic American classics are made. It's such a great setup and I love their aesthetic and ethos. We brought a few things home as gifts and souvenirs, thus beginning the tradition of buying an anniversary Heath mug for each other. They are so satisfying to hold and drink from, seriously enjoyable to use and I've been known to refuse coffee until my favorite is clean and ready. That's serious love, people! 

Instagram is such a great way to see ceramicists in action-the process views really makes you appreciate how these are set apart from mass production pieces. Heath shows everything from their behind-the-scenes design phase to the merchandising and retailing in their storefronts and vendors. Portland-based Mazama has great, hypnotizing videos showing their trimming and detailing processes. I've learned a lot about these brands I've loved for years and have discovered lots of new-to-me folks. While my current budget mostly allows for thrifted ceramic pieces (of which I have found some incredible ones) I totally dig curating my obsession online for now. Here are a few from my Insta feed that caught my eye recently. 

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  • Kat and Roger have such a fun, 70's graphic kind of vibe. I think this pour over piece would make an awesome gift. For me. Just sayin.
  • Linda Hsiao makes all kind of beautiful things available through her website and Knot Work LA. This porcelain inlay technique is really unique-these are just beautiful!
  • Funky little "baller" vases from Object and Totem. I love the pitchers available on their site, too ((adds to wish list ))
  • I want to buy my bestie one of Paula Greif's mod menorahs. Wouldn't this be an awesome family heirloom?
  • Heath. You can do no wrong.
  • This talisman by Beth Katz of Mt.Washington Pottery is so simple and beautiful.  
  • I LOVE MAZAMA. Their mugs are perfect. Their process videos are great. I recommend buying 2 mugs at a time so you don't have to fight your mate for it every time you make a cuppa.
  • Vancouver artist Janaki Larsen makes moody, textured beauties. It sounds like they are available with some other treasures in the magical Atelier St.George  shop. Their about page is kinda perfect. 
  • UK based Jono Smart has such straightforward beautiful work and the styling is perfect. His instagram feed is serene perfection. Would love to see them in person. 

SO MUCH BEAUTY! 

INSTA-INSPO | MOODY BLUES

I am social media awkward (or maybe just averse?) for the most part but make a big exception for Instagram. I am floored how much it has changed the game for artists, creatives, and small businesses in particular. Being able to sneak inside studios and homes, getting insight into the processes and inspiration behind work I admire is fun and truly inspiring. I also love the community it creates-making a network of people who support, give feedback, and share in the process. I have discovered so much new goodness this way! Personally, I am also beginning to appreciate the time-stamped record of my life and work as I have always been terrible at journaling. It has been invaluable to go back over the last year or so and see what I've done! 

Ever the visual person and collector I often take screenshots of stuff I love as it comes across my feed. This has resulted in lots of random folders titled InstaInspo scattered around in my Dropbox and in Evernote. Thinking maybe its more fun to share I am taking a tip I learned recently (thanks to Meighan O'Toole!) and pinning images straight to Pinterest. Huzzah! I thought it might also be fun to share them here on occasion, so lets make this the inaugural installment of the my new Insta-Inspo Series.

I wanted to kick it off with what I guess is my signature color at this point! INDIGO. I have seen so many people using gorgeous, moody blues in their work. Finally, a trend I may have been ahead on! HA. My love for indigo goes way back to my first foray into fiber arts in college. My professor (the incredible Ursula McCarty) taught me all about the process and set off a lifetime love affair with those inky blues. We learned about its roots in Africa and Japan and followed it all the way to modern day US in brands like Levi's; explored the huge range of resist techniques and patterns; and studied the mystery and the magic of the individual vat and the dyer's hand. It has been interesting to see indigo and some of the more traditional presentations of it becoming almost ubiquitous in mainstream design and fashion over the last few years. Somehow it still feels fresh and beautiful in so many ways. Below are just a few images incorporating indigo hues I've found inspiring lately from the artists, craftspeople, and makers I follow over on Instagram. I totally cheated and included one of my own images!  

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Find me over on Instagram if you haven't already! See someone/something cool you think I'd like? Tag me! Maybe I can include it here in the future!

-emily