Inspired by everything from pillowcases to quantum mechanics, these ceramic designers channel the surreal, the abstract, and the everyday to produce unique 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. Courtesy of Helen Levi Studio.
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. Courtesy of Ed and Kate Coleman.
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. Courtesy of Barceramics.
Ceramic artist Franceso Ardini's ceramic bowls draw their inspiration from quantum mechanics and the theories of Einstein. Courtesy of Francesco Ardini.
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. Courtesy of Hilda Hellstrom.
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. Courtesy of Taylor Studio.