Handmade home decor and the beauty of imperfection in design is today’s topic, something that I live and breathe here at home. White walls are such a perfect backdrop for a home and a showcase for your furniture and collected handmade objects. While a white interior can be calming and relaxing, without some sort of accents it can be a bit too pristine. Using white as a background color you can accent with anything and I always preach this for all seasons!
I have a great appreciation for the handmade works of others. From vintage paintings to old architectural elements, these are the things that in this mass produced digital society can bring life to a room!
In ancient Japanese culture, the philosophy of Wabi Sabi celebrates the beauty of imperfection. When translated loosely, wabi means simplicity and sabi means the beauty of age and wear. In the tea ceremony ancient masters used bowls that were handmade, imperfect and yet highly prized.
I’m not one to follow trends on any large scale, but I try to stay au courant and share here. As a pottery major in college and beyond I fell deep for three dimensional objects. The forming of clay in your hands is so organic and every piece that you produce is one of a kind. Displaying handmade ceramics in your home is possibly not for the purist, but for those who embrace mixing vintage with modern. Apparently as trends tend to come and go over the years, handmade home decor and pottery are back in a big way.
Form and function combined are the the lovely reasons to collect handmade ceramics. Wheel formed ceramics can be either purely decorative or serve a function. Cooking in or eating off of something handmade just seems grounding. There’s a connection with food that comes from the earth like clay.
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5 Tips For Styling Handmade Pottery
• If displaying more than one piece, always group them in odd numbers. This is a general rule of them for styling any collection.
• When styling a grouping of pottery (or once again, any collection) use varying heights. Visual balance is achieved with with size, color and shape.
• Use pieces for purposes other than the original intent. Fill stoneware pitchers with flowers, use large bowls for fruits and consider hanging a collection of plates on the wall as art.
• Mix several pieces of handmade pottery on a bookshelf with vintage books and bottles and create a story on your shelf.
• After styling your collection of handmade pottery, step back and look and rearrange if there isn’t an organic flow to your grouping. See more about styling in this COFFEE TABLE STYLING article on the blog.
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Handmade Home Decor
I’ve been sharing some of my own pottery in this post, made years ago in college. I’ll be sharing more of it in some handmade home decor and styled posts down the road. It’s been years since I’ve seen some of these pieces since they’ve been stored. I’ve just gotten them back from my mom who is now in a nursing facility.
There is still the myth floating around that handmade artist pottery contains lead and cannot be eaten from. Let me assure you that most artisan ceramics made today does not contain lead. If you have any concerns be sure to inquire prior to purchase. Enjoy your pottery and although I’m not selling any of my own handmade pottery I’ve linked some favorites for purchase above.