Pigeon Toe Ceramics
Pigeon Toe’s cast and wheel-thrown pieces are casually irreverent, playfully charming, naturally imperfect, and made for everyday use. “Our objects are modern heirlooms—they have a purpose, a heritage, and a story,” says Lisa Jones, who founded the North Portland, OR, studio five years ago. “I focus on classic style with a small quirk or twist. I love the contrast between a clean, polished design and an organic aesthetic.”
“I love the idea of setting a beautiful table and having a long, relaxed meal with friends and family. In our technology-addicted culture this is becoming obsolete,” says Heather Taylor, whose table linens evoke tradition reimagined for modern life. “I am inspired by textiles I saw on my travels, especially the ones I encountered throughout Mexico and Greece.” Each piece is hand-embroidered on high-quality linen by artisans in India.
“I am a hand builder—I rarely use a potter’s wheel,” says Bay Area artist Linda Fahey, whose work is a celebration of natural textures and influences. She has a penchant for combining the beauty and softness of porcelain with the semi-unfinished surface and style of naturally aged driftwood. “I make my pieces with slabs of clay and coils. My work is designed to emphasize its handmade quality—you can see the seams and how the pieces are constructed.”
Wendy Polish’s muses include the strong Scandinavian influence of her childhood home, ’60s pottery, Helvetica type, Spanish folk art, utilitarian chic, and a Marimekko scarf she got from her grandmother at age 10. “I love the immediacy of screen-printing,” says Polish, who prefers printing on linen (“it reminds me of an unstretched painting”). Fun, functional, and graphic, these napkins were designed to bring joy, a modern pop, and a summery message of thanks to the table.