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Kylie Johnson: Poet and Ceramicist

Kylie Johnson is a talented poet and a ceramicist from Brisbane who has an online store but — good news for the US and Europe — Anthropologie recently picked up her ceramics though they already stock her poetry books (I own Count Me The Stars published by Murdoch Books, it’s lovely) and I think their choice is just perfect as Kylie’s work is stunning Anthropologie commissioned three vessels from her for their stores and Kylie wants to share them with decor8 readers today as they are just about to hit the shelves in both Europe and the US next week.

I love seeing poetry and ceramics merge – what a gorgeous combination of my two favorite things — meaningful words and delicate, tactile porcelain, for a true sensory experience. Australian photographer Jillian Leiboff recently did a portrait shoot with Kylie and so above is a little glimpse from that day these two ladies spent together, which I thought was really sweet… so now you see above Kylie’s gorgeous pieces.

Psst: Kylie blogs, too.

(images: jillian leiboff)

Posted by decor8 in Handmade on March 02, 2011

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  1. caro commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 12:37pm

    Oh, wow, this is so great and special. A really nice idea for a birthday present. Thank you for sharing, Holly! Have a nice day – caro
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  2. Sanja commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 1:41pm

    I’d hang them :) It would almost feel blasphemous to dirty them up!

  3. tinajo commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 1:43pm

    This is lovely, love the blue on the white and the words! :-)
    tinajo´s last blog post ..Keeping my promise

  4. Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 2:35pm

    *kiss kiss*

    Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~´s last blog post ..its that time again GIVE-AWAY TIME!!!

  5. Tammy commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 3:01pm

    So beautiful…What a nice way to start your day.
    Tammy´s last blog post ..Vintage Weighted Sterling Silver and Etched Glass Bud Vase

  6. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 3:21pm

    Love them….I am a huge fan of poetry & porcelain too. So delicate & so meaningful. Can’t wait to see them at Anthro and going to check out her online shop right now! :)
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Hey- Im over here!

  7. Eva commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 3:58pm

    I love it when there’s writing on the bottom of bowls or cups..when you’re finished there’s something to look at.

  8. Purple Area commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 4:14pm

    Purple Area´s last blog post ..Pastels and rustic wood – a great combination

  9. Lauren commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 4:17pm

    So cute…love the plate the most. I’m with you Sanja, def don’t wanna use and get dirty, going straight on the wall!

    Perfect post for me too bc I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for some ceramics for my new place ;)

  10. magalerie commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 5:11pm

    I love typography and I love white porcelain so I could only fall in love with Kylie’s work. Thanks for sharing.
    I wish we had one Anthropologie store in Paris. :)
    magalerie´s last blog post ..Old Turquoise Door- South of France- Photo Set – 2 Fine Art Photographs 4 3-4 x 4 3-4

  11. Rachel commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 5:20pm

    Oh those are so cute! Thanks for sharing :)
    Rachel´s last blog post ..Dream Backyard sigh…

  12. hena tayeb commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 6:19pm

    how lovely
    hena tayeb´s last blog post ..A Free Print for my Next Customer

  13. meenal @ maison marigold commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 7:53pm

    what a soulful rendition in porcelain….a true collectible…Luckily my husband is off to the US next month..I’ll be sure to ask him to get me one( or maybe all three)!!…thanks so much for sharing !!

    btw…just saw an image from your book ‘decorate’ on vincentwolf blog…AMAZING!! Great job, Holly !! xx meenal
    meenal @ maison marigold´s last blog post ..Mission accomplished !!

  14. handz commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 8:32pm

    Very cool idea – now try tell me – dont read why you are eating! :)

  15. jenn commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 8:38pm

    What a sweet way to display your poetry, and liven up a simple ceramic piece. Love this!
    jenn´s last blog post ..create A Pelmet Box

  16. Christine commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 9:53pm

    Gorgeous. This must be the same artist that did their little bag that their birthday discount comes in… I got one with stars just like that!
    Christine´s last blog post ..Must Drink- London Fog

  17. Laura Gaskill commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 10:11pm

    I had visited Kylie’s Big Cartel shop long ago and loved it, but forgot all about it until this – how wonderful! Her work feels so special, I would love to keep one of her small dishes on my dresser as a home for a few of my favorite rings :) Great news this will be at Anthro to see in person! xo Laura
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  18. ana commented
    March 2nd, 2011 at 11:57pm

    the spiral plate is gorgeous
    ana´s last blog post ..My sweet home- living room details

  19. meagan commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 12:25am

    What a unique collection! Love em’ – they would make great gifts!

  20. Mervi commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 1:05am

    These are lovely and such a great idea.
    Mervi´s last blog post ..Wednesday Pop 10

  21. ARTiculateART commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 3:57am

    Wow this is a great idea!!! Wondering why it didn’t show up earlier!
    ARTiculateART´s last blog post ..Fashion Photography- Paris

  22. Penny Patten commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 3:58am

    Love these, they are quite fabulous and very sweet. They would make a great gift!
    Penny Patten´s last blog post ..Books

  23. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 6:16am

    I adore how you introduce me to so many beautiful things! Thank you.
    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog post ..Sacagawea and Sewing

  24. Julie the Alkaline Sister commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 6:48am

    Oooh I wanna make me a little healthy somethin somethin to go on that gorgeous rectangle plate! Fabulous styling props make me weak at the knees! Thanx for telling me!
    Julie the Alkaline Sister´s last blog post ..Spelt and Vanilla Vegan Pancakes &amp on Why We Wait to Improve Our Lifestyle when Cancer Lurks

  25. Nathan commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 11:22am

    I own her book of poetry too, and I’ve seen her ceramics around. I had no idea that the artist was from Brisbane, which is where I live. It’s nice to know that art is so close to where I am.

  26. Glenda Childers commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 12:40pm

    So glad I moved to Chicago and have an Anthropolgie near me. Such beautiful lovely pieces.

    Glenda Childers´s last blog post ..Blogging Your Way e-course

  27. Lisa commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 6:34pm

    Oh Holly, thanks so much for sharing this! I had seen her book at Anthro after I had already checked out and didn’t have time to pick it up that day — the line was super long! But I had been intrigued. Now you’ve reminded me about it and added more great news!

    Such quiet beauty.
    Lisa´s last blog post ..Hey you sly fox…

  28. Ingrid commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 4:41am

    I’ve been priviledged to meet Kylie a few times…she is just gorgeous. It’s that lovely spirit that is woven into her work that only adds to its appeal…the few pieces of her work that I own are truly treasured. x

  29. Marilyna at Interior Design the Woodlands commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 5:54am

    Beautiful pieces!

  30. Kim from POST ROAD commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 6:08pm

    Lovely – I will have to go to Anthropologie, hold these, read these and most likely bring them home with me.
    Kim from POST ROAD´s last blog post ..Orangey Blaze Clutch

  31. Jillian Leiboff commented
    March 5th, 2011 at 1:29am

    Here’s the link to Kylie’s work on the Anthropologie website. Happy Shopping.

  32. Andy commented
    March 7th, 2011 at 7:47am

    I love these! The fusion of words and cleanly shaped ceramics deliciously capture our hunger for poetry and simple, quiet beauty. These are stunning photos. Thanks for posting them!
    Andy´s last blog post ..Making Next Generation Movies with 3D Video Cameras

  33. Holly Goes commented
    March 8th, 2011 at 1:42pm

    I recently became the proud and exited owner of two of Kylie’s beautiful cloud brooches (i was so excited I even blogged about it!). What a talented lady, so lovely to see her getting such fantastic acclaim.

  34. London Lisbonite commented
    March 8th, 2011 at 10:43pm

    Beautiful. I’ve always wondered what technique is used to get the glossy letters into the unglazed bowl. Some sort of gloss?

  35. Brugge Restaurant commented
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:00pm

    So i glad and I moved to Chicago and have an Anthropologist near me. Such beautiful lovely pieces….

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