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Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

I love white ceramic keys, don’t you?! I started to fall in love when I was working with my dear friend Sania Pell in March 2011 on a display we were prepping for Liberty London and she was showing me her vintage key collection that she picked up at car boot sales… The ones she had painted gray. Such a clever lady. And being a creative person, this also set my creative wheels in motion! I started thinking about how great they’d look in matte white and so I painted one that I had at home and it looked just like ceramic and I was a fan ever since. Now, whenever I’m shopping at flea markets, I love to grab old keys and paint them in white or neon colors and add them to lampshades, frame them as art, or pop onto ribbon and add as a decorative accessory. All because of Sania and her small, but great, idea.

Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

In 2012, I came across the work of Shan Annabelle Valla in London at a show I attended there and instantly fell in love with her ceramic keys. See this one below, this is from Shan’s collection and I love it.

Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

These aren’t painted-over vintage keys from some car boot sale, rather, handmade porcelain that is simply gorgeous and keys that anyone would love to own and display. I am equally captivated by her mini vases, which I photographed and shared on decor8 awhile ago, but these photos below are so much better! You can shop for Shan Annabelle Valla’s work online in her web store, so enjoy!

Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

I dare you not to buy all of those cute little vases! Eek! Design crush alert! And did you see these porcelain button earrings over here? OH MY!

(images: Shan Annabelle Valla)

Posted by decor8 in uncategorized on May 13, 2013

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  1. Daniela commented
    May 13th, 2013 at 3:36pm

    I love the idea of painted old keys.
    You have certainly inspired me to do the same with my father’s key collection….. Thanks for sharing ;)

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  2. Ginny commented
    May 13th, 2013 at 6:25pm

    I am obsessed with ceramics! Mainly small bowls. I opened up to this yesterday whilst perusing 2 craft fairs in LA. Like a magpie is to shiny objects, I am to ceramics and these ones are truly scrummy! Thanks for sharing.
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  3. anna k. commented
    May 13th, 2013 at 7:06pm

    Love the little vases! Cute!
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  4. Naomi commented
    May 13th, 2013 at 7:10pm

    Oh Bellissimo!
    Adorable porcelain keys and bottles. Definitely have to order some of these. Thank you for sharing this fabulous work.
    Naomi´s last blog post ..How To Get Clients In A Buying Frenzy!

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  5. margherita commented
    May 13th, 2013 at 7:34pm

    Ceramic keys…. beautiful!!!!!! I love the photos in this blog…
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  6. Jenna commented
    May 13th, 2013 at 8:39pm

    mmm, such pretty things. I especially love those golden topped bottles. so lovely.

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  7. Gwen commented
    May 14th, 2013 at 2:23am

    I LOVE white accessories! They are so, so beautiful!
    Gwen´s last blog post ..Meet Nancy: A Bold Girl from Artsy Chicks Rule!

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  8. Sarah Atkins commented
    May 14th, 2013 at 3:20am

    The vase! The VASE! I really liked the colors. You make things look so pretty.

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  9. Tiffany commented
    May 14th, 2013 at 4:48am

    these are very beautiful. i love how minimalistically white they are!

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  10. Kate commented
    May 14th, 2013 at 7:41am

    Those vases are so perfect.
    Kate´s last blog post ..For a Striped Cat Studio Giveaway

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  11. tinajo commented
    May 14th, 2013 at 8:04am

    Very pretty, I do love this style! :-)
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  12. Marie-Luce commented
    May 14th, 2013 at 9:15am

    Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful creative work! It is magical! I have just ordered 5 little vases… :)

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  13. Maike - MoodKids commented
    May 14th, 2013 at 9:35am

    Beautiful! You will love the work of dutch designers Lenneke Wispelwey (think you know her already) and my recent discovery Bart van Didden too I’m sure!!
    Maike – MoodKids´s last blog post ..ABC poster

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  14. Nancy commented
    May 14th, 2013 at 3:02pm

    Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. sarah cook commented
    May 14th, 2013 at 8:55pm

    Such a sweet idea I love those keys!

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  16. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    May 15th, 2013 at 7:35am

    OH no – I just fell madly in love! Thank you for sharing this!
    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog post ..Teacher Appreciation | Gifts and Tips

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  17. Jenna commented
    May 15th, 2013 at 10:04am

    Oh those cermaics are to die for! I can imagine them in my bathroom!! Fantasic idea!
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  18. Ces commented
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:30pm

    I love the ceramic keys and those ceramic vases are just too lovely!

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  19. andsetinn commented
    May 19th, 2013 at 2:37pm

    The vases are nice, I want some. Some of the nicest ceramic pieces I have seen are from this scandinavian artist. https://www.facebook.com/ingas.kunst/photos_stream
    I especially love the cookie monsters (jars) and I have one on order.

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  20. Mary Lawson commented
    May 21st, 2013 at 4:29am

    I love the keys and the bottles so much. How cute are these!? :)
    Mary Lawson´s last blog post ..May 2013 – June 2014 Large Blue Green Chevron Planner by studiopop

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  21. Faith | Ordinary Mommy Design commented
    May 23rd, 2013 at 2:40am

    Gorgeous! I just love white porcelain. So classic!
    Faith | Ordinary Mommy Design´s last blog post ..Moss Plush Felt Arrow Decor // Green // by OrdinaryMommy on Etsy by OrdinaryMommy

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  22. Tania commented
    May 24th, 2013 at 6:16pm

    these are very beautiful!
    Tania´s last blog post ..I’m working on a thesis project

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  23. wendy garraty commented
    May 25th, 2013 at 3:05am

    these are so beautiful – love the keys!

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  24. Fiona commented
    May 28th, 2013 at 2:02pm

    Wow! the cute ceramic flower vase are so adorable! Love it!

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