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Polly George {handmade ceramics}

Can you resist the beauty of Polly George ceramics? The clean lines combined with fluttery details are so feminine, in just the right amount. Very balanced, modern, chic.


Polly slip casts and individually creates each piece with birds, butterflies, roses, and other adornments. You may be familiar with her Mr & Mrs Jones ceramics as they’re in lots of my favorite design stores. But I didn’t realize that she created so many beautiful things so I’m glad I looked her up today.

Travel tip: When in London, you can visit a shop that Polly co-owns called Luna & Curious at 198 Brick Lane in London’s West End, it’s a collaborative boutique run by five designers showcasing everything from fashion to interiors and of course, ceramics. :) I *heart* such stores, it’s exciting to see designers working together more and more since shop ownership can be so hard on owners flying solo.

(images from polly george)

Posted in ceramics on January 31, 2008

Le Souk

One of my dear friends in the Netherlands authors a fabulous blog called the Style Files, and though I’ve talked about her and her blog a million times on this site I just realized that I’ve never formally announced the opening of her online shop Le Souk. You may remember Danielle, we went to Stockholm together in October. I can’t believe how I let Le Souk slip from my radar, but not today!

Familjen wallpaper by Swedish designer Lisa Bengtsson.

Danielle’s life dream was to set up her own business so while she still has a day job, she’s hoping that Le Souk and her blog will someday give her the opportunity to work from home full-time. She’d also like to widen out and work more with clients as an Interior Stylist, and I know for a fact that she’d excel at this because her taste level is so exquisite — her rooms would be magazine worthy and gorgeous. I can’t wait to see Danielle continue to march towards her dreams, it’s so empowering to see women going for careers that they’ve often only dreamed about before. And though it’s only baby steps that get us there, Danielle has made so much progress in one short year being online as a blogger and a few months as a shop owner that I know she’s got a lot of great things in store!

Le Souk ships worldwide and offers a range of home accessories for modern living, most with an ethnic flavor to them, and she offers personal accessories too. Mixing traditional ethnic pieces with modern and handmade items, each Le Souk item is carefully sourced by Danielle so you can be sure everything is made well and looks wonderful. From rustic, wooden stools to authentic vintage silver tea trays from Morocco and even beautiful crocheted pets for the kids, Danielle’s growing shop is a real treat. Enjoy!

Would you like to read more about Ethnic design? Click here.

(images from le souk)

Posted in ceramics, furniture, walls on January 25, 2008

Mettes Pottery {Denmark}

Not only can this lady make beautiful children’s clothing, but she’s a fine potter who crafts some extraordinary pieces. Meet Mette of Mettes Pottery located in lovely Denmark, a country that I hope to visit this year if all goes as planned. Her work makes me happy and her studio is wonderful.


It reminds me of my classroom when I was a child, art class was always my favorite. It smelled of clay and I loved all of my art teachers. When I see these studio shots I can almost smell the clay and paint. Remember that scent? Think about it for a moment, I’m sure you will. The lighting here is so pretty the way it filters in like it does. I wonder if she teaches a class in this space? Oh, If only Denmark were a little closer I would have to visit her and bring home a pretty mug and lots of nice memories of what would be quite a special afternoon I’m sure.


I really appreciate it when artists share their workspace online because it really makes me feel like I know them somehow – you know, it’s a personal space and the fact that they’re sharing it and showing the process gives me this sense of community and friendship. Mettes Pottery is lovely. I sense the lady behind the work is equally precious.

(images from mettes pottery)

Posted in ceramics on January 16, 2008

Stephanie DeArmond {ceramics}

I read about American ceramicist Stephanie DeArmond over at Happy Cavalier recently and had to introduce you to her work. It’s obviously a play on giving traditional objects a cheeky new lease on life. Almost how the Dutch design things.

I like the cursive fonts, the colorful motifs, funny words, and that although everything is a precious ceramic, nothing looks too precious – in fact, it’s a bit edgy. You can view more of DeArmond’s work on her website. Definitely not a trend follower, this lady is a trend setter – it’s so unique. I can see this showing in some hip San Francisco-based store like Rare Device or Rose + Radish, and not to leave Boston out, Koo de Kir or Pod.

(images from stephanie dearmond)

Posted in ceramics on November 21, 2007

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