Streicher Goods’ Diverse Collection of Ceramic Objects

Vibrant vessels born from a willingness to experiment

Rather than replicate a predetermined shape, Streicher Goods founder Ethan Streicher aims to experiment endlessly. His resulting ceramic objects share a sense of cohesion but, as intended, differ vastly. Working mostly within three categories—jugs, vases and lamps— Streicher maintains a signature style but leaves room for growth and embraces the challenges of one-off commissions. And sometimes he’ll assign himself a challenge that, when fulfilled, transforms …

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 …

Editors’ Selects: Tie-Dye From Etsy

Many applications of an art form that mirror the values of the e-commerce site

Tie-dye carries the same DIY ethos that the e-commerce site Etsy was founded upon. A celebration of beauty derived from variation, color and chaos, the process behind tie-dye employs ancient techniques—though the term “tie-dye” only dates back to the ’60s. On Etsy, creators have found hundreds of ways to apply these techniques to everything from shirts to vases and planters. In a time when independent …