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Home is one of our favorite places and sometimes the iconic shape of a home is as comforting as the real thing. Holland is now home for American artist Laurie Poast and she celebrates the idea of home by crafting tiny handmade houses out of clay which she sells in her Etsy shop ARTISANIE europe. Inspired by the shapes and colors of Old World Europe and its small towns and villages, Laurie creates one-of-a-kind decorative objects and jewelry.
Here we’ve collected our favorite examples of her mini-homes: Dutch canal homes, Italian seaside homes and even Greek windmills and Icelandic cottages. With just a few exceptions (the metal in the windmills and some of the glazes) the colors and textures are all achieved with clay. Laurie mixes her organic clay from Spain with natural artists pigments — the same used in high-quality paints — to achieve the rich, natural colors. The miniature houses pictured here are just a sampling of Laurie’s work. Visit ARTISANIE europe for more — don’t miss her macaron-inspired jewelry!
Images: Laurie Poast