Sometimes, we dream of leaving all our responsibilities behind and re-inventing ourselves as?a potter. After hearing the origin story of fledgling brand Humble Ceramics, we?re really taking this idea for a spin. (Sorry.)
Delphine Lippens had never even seen a pottery wheel when she accompanied a friend to a class at Pasadena?s Xiem Art Center in August 2010. Once she started, she was hooked, and six months later she was selling her work. Today her pieces, which come in earth tones of white, gray, black and sometimes blue, are sold around town at shops like deKor in Echo Park, Farmshop in Brentwood and Hammer and Spear in DTLA.
Like all handmade works of art, each of these vessels is unique. Scattered bits of glaze and paint make every one feel like a happy surprise out of the kiln. We?re coveting one of her flat dishes (about $90), which are shaped like straight-sided pie pans, for a coffee-table accent or a bureau change dish. And we?re officially breaking up with the Container Store for one of her charming kitchen cachepots to hold dry goods or utensils (from $40).
Even if we can?t depend on innate talent like Lippens?s, we?re happy to shop her wares, as well as those of more than 50 of her fellow artisans, at the Xiem Spring Ceramic Art Fair today and tomorrow.
Xiem Clay Center, 1563 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena; 626-794-5833 or humbleceramics.blogspot.com