I tend to anthropomorphize objects, from lamps and microwaves to rocks and broccoli. It’s something I picked up when I was little, and I can’t stop — or rather, I don’t want to. It’s fun, but in a deeper sense, I think it helps me feel compassion for everything around me, whether those things are sentient or not. I received an email from a new boutique founded by Sharin Foo (of the Raveonettes) and her friend Camilla called Hurra! The shop stocks Danish art and design objects, and as I was browsing their wares, these little ceramic sculptures immediately leapt out at me, grabbed my heart and gave it a big squeeze. I’m smitten.
Based on the concept in the Japanese Shinto religion that everything in nature has a soul, Louise Gaarmann & Anders Arhøj designed this range of colorful, expressive ceramic figures. These “Ghosts” (below) and “Lava People” (above) are thrown earthenware that are glazed with a range of complex, beautiful tones, then individually hand-painted and fired in the kiln. I love looking into the faces of these peculiar little objects; they fill me with delight. These would make a wonderful gift for even the most practical, hard-nosed person — just see if they can resist a smile when they open the box. You can purchase these sculptures here and here from Hurra! — Kate