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Two rooms are filled with pottery designed by Cindy Ripley; walls are lined with large, colorful oils by her husband, Curtis Ripley.
Each element of these cream and sugar sets can be purchased individually ($15 to $48) and assembled in any color combination.
In the shop's front room, shelves burst with goods arranged by color. Here, Luna Garcia's handle-free cups ($36).
California’s tradition of cool pottery has suffered a blow recently with the announced closing of Gainey Ceramics, whose distinctive garden cachepots lend modernist cred to the SoCal garden. You know you can always count on Bauer Pottery or Heath Ceramics, but what might have missed your radar is a stellar mom-and-pop operation in Venice called Luna Garcia.
We were charmed by a curvy Luna Garcia vase at The Golden State, a cooler-than-cool boutique with a surfing theme on Venice’s Rose Avenue. Hungry to see more, we tracked down the vividly hued plates, pitchers and vases at a Ghost Town storefront where Cindy Ripley and her painter husband, Curtis Ripley, have commandeered the space since the 1980s. (We know, we can’t believe we didn’t know about these two before.)
Luna Garcia’s known for its muted rainbow palette, its reasonable prices (from $34 for a bread plate) and its customization--any pattern can be made in any color. And the just-introduced creamy white collection, a clear glossy glaze over natural clay, is the perfect backdrop for a vivid kale salad. Careful though--each piece of Luna Garcia pottery leaves you hungry for more.
Luna Garcia, 201 San Juan Ave., Venice; 800-905-9975 or lunagarcia.com
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