Ceramics by Shan Annabelle Valla

May 13, 2013

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)


  • Reply Daniela May 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    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 ;)

  • Reply Ginny May 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    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.

  • Reply anna k. May 13, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Love the little vases! Cute!

  • Reply Naomi May 13, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Oh Bellissimo!
    Adorable porcelain keys and bottles. Definitely have to order some of these. Thank you for sharing this fabulous work.

  • Reply margherita May 13, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Ceramic keys…. beautiful!!!!!! I love the photos in this blog…

  • Reply Jenna May 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

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

  • Reply Gwen May 14, 2013 at 2:23 am

    I LOVE white accessories! They are so, so beautiful!

  • Reply Sarah Atkins May 14, 2013 at 3:20 am

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

  • Reply Tiffany May 14, 2013 at 4:48 am

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

  • Reply Kate May 14, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Those vases are so perfect.

  • Reply tinajo May 14, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Very pretty, I do love this style! :-)

  • Reply Marie-Luce May 14, 2013 at 9:15 am

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

  • Reply Maike - MoodKids May 14, 2013 at 9:35 am

    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!!

  • Reply Nancy May 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply sarah cook May 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Such a sweet idea I love those keys!

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang May 15, 2013 at 7:35 am

    OH no – I just fell madly in love! Thank you for sharing this!

  • Reply Jenna May 15, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Oh those cermaics are to die for! I can imagine them in my bathroom!! Fantasic idea!

  • Reply Ces May 16, 2013 at 11:30 pm

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

  • Reply andsetinn May 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    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.

  • Reply Mary Lawson May 21, 2013 at 4:29 am

    I love the keys and the bottles so much. How cute are these!? :)

  • Reply Faith | Ordinary Mommy Design May 23, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Gorgeous! I just love white porcelain. So classic!

  • Reply Tania May 24, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    these are very beautiful!

  • Reply wendy garraty May 25, 2013 at 3:05 am

    these are so beautiful – love the keys!

  • Reply Fiona May 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

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

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