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March 24, 2014
Inspired by everything from pillowcases to quantum mechanics, these ceramic designers channel the surreal, the abstract, and the everyday to produce unique designs.
a ceramic planter with gilded eye designs
The sculpted eyeballs ornamenting the wheelthrown porcelain Giant Gilded Eye planter by Helen Levi are covered in a lustrous overlay with particles of real gold in it. This planter looks expensive in an entirely unique way.
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Helen Levi Studio
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a porcelain bowl raised on many triangular porcelain legs
At 5 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter, Ed and Kate Coleman's Freke Bowls are made for function as well as display. With their shape and bright colors, they add an unusual twist to everyday activities.
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Ed and Kate Coleman
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ceramic pot painted with an upside down face
Clown-lovers will enjoy this head-turning outdoor pot by Dear God It's Me Isaac Studio.
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Dear God It's Me Isaac Studio
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a white ceramic mug with gold-tipped horses' hooves acting as a handle
Milk, sugar, or oats? Bound to start a conversation, the white porcelain Ceramic Mug with Gold Hooves from Barbara Sniegula's Wrocław, Poland, studio brings surrealism to tea.
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Barceramics
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colorful ceramic bowls created from tangled clay strings
Ceramic artist Franceso Ardini's ceramic bowls draw their inspiration from quantum mechanics and the theories of Einstein.
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Francesco Ardini
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amorphous ceramic pot with lid in an elaborated mutlicolored glaze
Hilda Hellstrom's studio produces many works, which, like this one, resemble rocks from other galaxies with their bright, dynamic patterning and unusual shapes. This pottery is truly out of this world.
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Hilda Hellstrom
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a square ceramic vase painted to resemble a pillow case
This vase twists together two objects known for the domestic tranquility they inspire. The Pillow Case Vase by Cara Taylor of Taylor Studio gives flowers a place to rest their heads.
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Taylor Studio
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a ceramic planter with gilded eye designs
The sculpted eyeballs ornamenting the wheelthrown porcelain Giant Gilded Eye planter by Helen Levi are covered in a lustrous overlay with particles of real gold in it. This planter looks expensive in an entirely unique way. Image courtesy of Helen Levi Studio.

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