Victoria Morris Pottery
Rustic & Refined
Inspired by midcentury Scandinavian forms and traditional Japanese craftsmanship, Victoria Morris sees the beauty in the subtle, random imperfections inherent to pottery. “It gets monotonous making too many of the exact same shape, and as a result most of my things are one of a kind.” Approaching her work as functional art, she make practical pieces that are as satisfying to use as they are to look at.
Tivoli Tile Works
“I use techniques that potters used thousands of years ago, adding in a little modern invention,” says Caroline Wallner, who throws each food-safe piece on her wheel in her Rhinebeck, NY, and West Cork, Ireland studios. Each piece is slowly air-dried and often hand-painted (birds are a favorite motif) before it’s bisque fired. Each piece takes up to four weeks to create.
Ocean Park Pottery
“Our functional sculptures are a hybrid blend of functionally necessary objects—bowls, vessels, vases, cups and mugs—that are given the attention and care of objects of art,” say Ocean Park Pottery’s co-creators. Ceramicist Mike Russo creates each initial form, then sculptor Sheri Sinclair molds and shapes it. Then, together, they decide on a finish. “The process is organic to our relationship.”