Even though ceramics have long since shed their grandma vibes — and pretty much every cool creative we know these days is dabbling in clay, it’s still easy to think of the potter as someone who toils behind a wheel, giving form to smooth, organic shapes ready for the kiln. But, while that might describe some of our current favorites, a new generation of ceramic artists has cropped up in the past year sporting an entirely different aesthetic: Think shifting planes, geometric shapes, sharp angles, and asymmetry.
The new look is highly graphic, inspired by postmodern artists, like Ken Price and Peter Shire, and often blurs the line between two dimensions and three, sculpture and function. In other words, it’s just the thing for anyone looking to add a dose of cool into their interiors. Here are some of our favorite new kids on the block, whose names you need to know right now.
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Brooklyn-based Cody Hoyt was a painter before he was a potter, and it shows: His stark, geometric vessels (think pentagons and tetrahedrons) are softened by their more free-form, marbled patterning.
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Ian Anderson spends his days working at Urban Outfitters HQ, but in his spare time, the 23-year-old Philly-based designer churns out mind-blowingly sophisticated ceramics glazed simply in white, black, or indigo blue.
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A childhood spent playing with Legos inspired Los Angeles artist Morgan Peck’s modular sculptures and vessels. We’re partial to this sponge-patterned jar, topped with the cutest assemblage of shapes.
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Putting flowers in these lollipop-like vases, made in L.A. by artist Bari Ziperstein, is almost beside the point. Let these stoneware stunners stand alone or in groupings in a bookcase vignette.
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Brooklyn-based ceramicist Natalie Herrera worked for some of NYC’s best graphic-design firms before striking out on her own, and the designer uses many of her old tools — like an X-Acto knife and drafting triangle — to achieve the precision in her forms.