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Friday April 19th, 2013

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Julia Paul Pottery

Last weekend my mom came to visit me from Virginia. Like any good procrastinator, I decided to finish decorating and cleaning my apartment the two days before she got into town. For some reason I’m a very slow nester (when it comes to making a decision on furniture, etc.) and I always need a little…

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Monday April 15th, 2013

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New from Xenia Taler

I’ve been following Chicago-based artist Xenia Taler since the early days of Design*Sponge. I first wrote about her back in 2005 and then at the 2006 Gift Fair and then again in 2007 when she launched her first website. It felt like a yearly traditional to celebrate her new work, so I’m excited that after…

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Monday April 8th, 2013

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Heath Ceramics Summer ’13

I can’t seem to shake my blue/indigo obsession. I don’t know if it somehow reminds me of water and beaches and warmer weather- but I keep bookmarking, pinning and scooping up indigo-colored things like they’re going out of style. So I was especially happy to see that the new Heath Ceramics 2013 summer collection is…

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Monday February 25th, 2013

Monday February 18th, 2013

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10 Great Presidential-Inspired Designs

The imagery and visuals of presidential campaigns have always fascinated me. The way people’s faces, sayings or actions are turned into inspirational objects and images is an art form, so I’m always following the ways in which that has changed throughout history. Last year Max delved into the history of campaign buttons, but today I’m…

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Wednesday February 13th, 2013

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Atelier Stella

I’m not normally a sucker for things with faces on them, but for some reason, this time of year they weasel their way into my heart. Maybe it’s the romantic holiday or the need for a little smile during cold weather, but the cheerful faces on these Atelier Stella pieces are adorable. All of Stella’s…

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Friday January 25th, 2013

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40 Great Teacups & Teapots

We really lucked out when we discovered that Bellocq Tea was at the end of our block here in Greenpoint. We’ve been over before to chat, check out their space and drink delicious teas, and later today we’re sharing a great cold-weather tea recipe from their team. So to get us started on the tea…

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Thursday January 10th, 2013

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Winter Whites

Among friends and even some casual acquaintances, I’m often considered the Wednesday Addams of the group. Not because I’m creepy and angry but because I’m most frequently decked out head to toe in black. Despite my complete and total love of hot pink and glitter, I typically dress like a stagehand. Owning a white cat makes…

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Geo Shakers by Von Tundra

In the realm of trends that won’t die, one that I’m happy is still alive and kicking is geometric/faceted shapes. Maybe it’s all the curly, girly, super-ornate design we’ve seen for the past few years, but I’m still excited to embrace a more hard-lined, minimal look. Along those lines, these porcelain Geo Shakers from Von…

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Wednesday January 9th, 2013

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JD Wolfe Pottery

Earthy pottery has become a serious weakness of mine. Thankfully, it works well with a minimalist aesthetic, which I’ve been embracing in my home over the past year or so. These beautiful pieces are from Milwaukee artist JD Wolfe. Inspired by both her Scandinavian roots and an interest in Asian design, JD makes each piece by…

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Friday November 30th, 2012

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Ceramic Coal Lumps

It’s always a treat to see artists turn their attention to the mundane, overlooked objects in our everyday lives. There’s something undeniably delightful about pouring from a glass milk carton, eating from a glazed porcelain take-out container or storing your keys and wallet in a leather lunch bag. Chris Faulkner has added another clever item…

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Friday November 16th, 2012

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Sadie & Emma Pottery

During my brief West Coast trip the other week, I popped in one of my favorite LA shops, Reform School. In addition to some striped wicker/reed maracas that I plan to hang on a wall or doorknob somewhere (I’m trying to decide how quickly that sound will get old. Answer: probably pretty quickly.), I picked…

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Wednesday October 31st, 2012

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Dips and Dots

After making it through the worst storm NYC has ever seen, I could use some shine and dots to cheer me up. Thankfully, those of us at D*S are safe and sound, but so many of our favorite stores and restaurants are flooded and in need of help. While we’re all looking for ways to…

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Wednesday October 24th, 2012

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Splashy Dishware at Liberty

I’m typically a minimalist with dishware, but these super colorful bowls and plates at Liberty of London are too pretty to pass up. I love all the splashy colors and patterns; it looks like someone went wild with a paintbrush but knew what they were doing. I probably couldn’t handle a full collection this bright, so…

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Wednesday October 17th, 2012

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New at the Mociun Store

Caitlin Mociun’s store has become something of a mecca for me. I can rarely afford anything in it, but that never stops me from dropping in and coveting everything on its minimal shelves. From tiny earrings to gorgeous ceramics (which are, happily, sometimes under $100), Caitlin is an expert curator and knows precisely how to…

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Monday October 15th, 2012

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Made by Manos

Textiles and tiny fragile vessels are my primary weaknesses in life (along with kittens). If I spot a good patterned rug, I’ll turn on a dime, and if a small ceramic bowl crosses my path, I will immediately stop and examine it like a stubborn dog on a leash. These gorgeous pieces from the Made…

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Thursday October 11th, 2012

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btw ceramics

Brooke Winfrey creates these beautiful ceramics from her studio in Brooklyn, New York. Her porcelain designs feel organic and raw and are the sort of pieces I wish I could make for everyday use. The subtle lines in the plate and cup above look as though they are hand drawn. Each piece starts as a…

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Friday September 28th, 2012

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constellation mugs by jake vinson

It’s finally beginning to cool down a bit, and even though I stubbornly drink hot tea throughout the summer (sitting near the air conditioner), I enjoy it so much more when there’s actually a chill in the air. These mugs are getting me excited for serious tea-drinking weather. I have a very soft spot for…

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nested baker set

It’s Friday, so I’ve got food on the brain. Not only are Fridays the day we share food & drink recipes on D*S, but they’re also when I start planning meals to make over the weekend. Whenever I think about preparing food, I immediately jump to what I want to serve it in, which for…

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Wednesday September 26th, 2012

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new from perch ceramics

I love it when an artist decides to switch things up and try something totally different from his or her current style, so I was thrilled to hear from Amy at Perch. She’s been selling her ceramics, handmade in Brooklyn, for the past eight years and decided it was time for a change. Instead of…

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