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 …

Ilex Studio’s Root-Magnifying Avocado Vase

Observe the beloved plant as it sprouts in both directions

Most vases celebrate everything that sprouts upward (stems, leaves and flowers) but London-based Ilex Studio designs glassware that emphasizes the beauty of what’s below, too. From their debut product, the Acorn Vase, to the elegant new Avocado Vase, the brand encourages appreciation of an entire plant and green growth at home. Both vases act as a visually pleasing incubator, and the plant that stretches from within …