Elise Birnbaum’s OATMEAL Offers Nature-Inspired Sculptural Vessels

The studio practice began in Japan and has grown substantially in Pittsburgh

For OATMEAL owner Elise Birnbaum, crafting ceramics means replicating forms; perhaps the sculptural elements of a pruned cloud tree or the soft curves of a human body. When she first opened the shop, her bulbous and tiered vessels elicited questions about their function, but now Birnbaum faces rabid demand to keep her shop stocked—a testament to her work’s originality and appeal. “I was not traditionally trained …

Jeremy Anderson’s Fanciful “The Piccolo Parade” Vessels at Apparatus Studio

One-off, hand-thrown ceramic creatures of unparalleled personality

An interlude in the meticulously choreographed presentations of lighting and design studio Apparatus, The Piccolo Parade acts as co-founder Jeremy Anderson‘s solo debut. The pretty (and pretty peculiar) ceramic works—both porcelain and stoneware—that compose the exhibition have all been hand-thrown by Anderson. Each vessel, which the artist/designer refers to as “piccolos,” exudes distinct personality and charm. It’s easy to walk around the anthropomorphic forms and …

Pottery with Personality from Asheville’s East Fork

Creative Director Connie Matisse on seasonal collections, function and color

“In Asheville, you can throw a rock in any direction and hit a potter,” says Connie Matisse, Creative Director of East Fork—ceramics producers unlike any other. Nestled into North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the city itself harbors crafts and craftspeople alike. East Fork has tapped into this craft, the various firing techniques, as well as the region’s various clays. But their mission isn’t just appealing …