Gina DeSantis Ceramics
A Porcelain Complexion
Gina DeSantis worked with clay for more than a decade before she discovered the power of porcelain. She loves that color becomes saturated and bright against the white medium—and that the material itself can still shine. For her designs, DeSantis looks to nature: “I’ll take a pattern on bark or the shape of a tree trunk and design from there. I don’t make anything too literal.”
Pursuit of the Perfect Cup
A few years ago, Clair Catillaz developed an eBay habit: buying up midcentury kitchenware like crazy. “I collected old diner cups and all those mass-produced American kitchen objects. I realized I wanted to make my own perfect cup, the one you reach for every time.” With CLAM LAB, she creates her own updated version of American kitchenware, firing and glazing each piece by hand in her Brooklyn studio.
A Movement of Little Vases
Lauren Burman first sold her “Little Shirley” ceramic vases out of her mother’s flower shop. The vases sold out. “People responded to handmade, affordable art,” Burman says. “I never wanted the vases to be trendy, but I love making them in juicy, positive colors.” She now employs 10 artists in her Seattle studio to make the vases, donating a percentage of the profits to community and national causes.
Pretty as a Picture
Gail Garcia’s original love was painting. After years working in art direction and design, the born-and-bred New Yorker came back to painting through ceramics: “I realized that raw Italian bisque was a great canvas. A flat painting becomes a 3-D design—and something that you can use!” Garcia paints on the spot as inspiration hits, and you can see hints of Abstract Expressionism in her bold brushstrokes.