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Our Ceramicist Vases are some of our favorite new accessories from this spring season! Here’s a look at how they were developed from a couple of rough drawings in our Brooklyn office to a full collection of 8 finished pieces…

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Our decorative accessories designer wanted to create a vase with the textured shapes of a traditional potter’s wheel piece. So she started to sketch. Soon the drawing board in our Brooklyn office was covered with different ideas.

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The sketches were rendered on a computer so that the design team could have a better idea of what shapes were complementary, and how different vases might look together as a group. Then we went into the pottery studio to make some prototypes.

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The design team explored different glazes, playing with depths and washes of color until deciding on a soft, textured glaze in a range of colors.

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Casts were made from the original hand-thrown models, and these were sent out to become production molds — natural imperfections and all. The result is a crafted collection that is true to its material. We love how it all comes together!

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Ceramicist Vase Collection
Behind The Scenes

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