Ghosts & Lava People

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

Mara Rae

I do the same thing with inanimate objects (when my son was 2 he dropped a tiny piece of broccoli and started crying that he wanted to apologize to it. I let him, of course). And these little guys are adorable!


It’s amazing what a couple of little eyes can do to an object, these are super cute. And I’m so happy to have seen them today as I’m off to see The Raveonettes in concert tonight, Thanks!