Ceramic Coal Lumps

by Kate Pruitt

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 to the ranks of faux/real objects, just in time for the holiday season: these beautiful handmade ceramic lumps of coal. Chris has been giving these clever little sculptures to friends as holiday gifts for a couple years now, and finally, a few of his friends wisely suggested that he make them available to the public.

Beyond the initial novelty of the joke, these objets d’art are quite striking and are perfect for displaying on your tabletop year round. I love their hefty size and the lovely detail on each one-of-a-kind piece. If you’d like to reward all the naughty (and nice) people on your list, you can purchase the lumps of coal in Chris’ Etsy shop. — Kate

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