Studio Visit: Ceramicist Michelle Im aka RATxCHICKS

The artist takes us into her wacky and wonderful world of earthenware

In a sun-drenched studio in Ridgewood, Queens, ceramicist Michelle Im imagines breeding birds and rats together—which she achieves through RATxCHICKS, the play-on-words name for an art project that engrosses objects in a wacky and wonderful world of unexpected animals. Zebras and rainbows, hippopotamuses and UFOs, goats and lemons, poodles and beachballs: these surprising pairings and more imbue the NYC-based artist’s pottery with whimsy. At Im’s …

Artist’s Spoon Crock

From Brooklyn-based photographer and potterer Helen Levi, the Artist’s Spoon Crock is elevated without becoming impractical, whimsical without becoming kitsch. The stoneware vessel’s speckled rainbow pattern, coated in a clear glaze, adds color and flair to any kitchen.

Filament Lamp Kit

Sculpd’s lamp kit provides rookies and experts alike with the opportunity to create the lamp design of their dreams. Using the comprehensive bundle—two kilos (4.4 pounds) of air-dry clay, bulb with fittings, white paint, varnish, pottery tools, sponge and brushes—the possibilities are endless. The amber spiral filament bulb emits a vintage-inspired glow and is dimmable. The kit also comes with illustrated instructions and there are …