The Beautiful Vases, Dogs and Cats of Gary Steinborn and his Venice Clay Studio.

Venice Clay Studio Hero IIHIH

The Venice Clay Studio features the talented ceramic crafts of Los Angeles born artist Gary Steinborn. Inspired by the work of arts and craft factories such as Grueby, Pewabic, Teco and Rookwood, his sculpted animals and artful vases are sensual, modern and appealing. Read more

Classic Nymphenberg Porcelain Figurines Get Fashion Makeovers From 16 Designers.

Nymphenburg couture edition
above: original white glazed figurine on left and Gareth Pugh edition on right

To celebrate their 260th anniversary, Porzellen Manufaktur Nymphenberg (Nymphemberg Porcelain manufacturers) invited 16 of the internationally most renowned couturiers to create new “robes” for the 16 Commedia Dell’Arte figures by the rococo sculptor, Franz Anton Bustelli. These figurines, which at the time made Nymphenburg world famous and which to this day count among its most valuable treasures, are being re-issued in a Couture Edition that is limited to 25 copies. Read more

Barnaby Barford’s Twisted Trafalgar Square [77 photos]

Barnaby Barford

Irreverent UK sculptor Barnaby Barford has just completed his largest piece to date. An installation comprised of 22 individual pieces, the work reflects his view of the corruption of London’s Trafalgar Square. Read more

Animate Your Christmas With 2009 Alessi Figurines


This is the third year that designer Massimo Giacon has designed sweet little magical Christmas porcelain figurines for Alessi. With some additions to the line and some changes (e.g. the nativity scene went from white to red and has individuals characters you can add), they are still one of the cutest ways to add some whimsy to your holiday.

All the figures are made of white porcelain and subsequently decorated by hand, occasionally with the help of decalcomania. Their sizes match those in the previous collection, so if you already own some, these will fit right in!

Here’s the new Alessi figurines for 2009, plus a candy dish and 2 new plates:

New Nativity:

3 Wise Men, Salvatore, la signora Acqua and 2 sheep:

The Hugging Tree:

The Christmas Hug Plates:


The candy dish/pastry plate:

The Alessi Christmas collection from 2008:


And the Alessi original Christmas Collection from 2007:



Buy any or all of them here at Unica Home (as long as they are still available!)

UK Artist Barnaby Barford’s Sick and Twisted Ceramics


above: Mary Had A Little Lamb by Barnaby Barford

Barnaby Barford is an artist whose produced works you’ve probably seen on blogs, in design magazines and in the hippest of stores. But as an artist, his ceramic work may not be as familiar to you. Read more