Shopping for decorative ceramics – The New York Times

Handicraft ceramics have more than one moment. Interest in handcrafted clay objects has been increasing for years, as a new generation of artisans entered the kilns and sparked a white-hot design trend.

For those looking for quirky decorative accessories that will add personality to a room, this is good news.

“They really add a layer of warmth and richness,” said Christine Stucker, founder of Stewart-Schäfer, an interior design studio with offices in New York and Connecticut. “I love the uniqueness of each piece.”

Ms Stucker and her husband and business partner, James Veal, have been collecting ceramics for years and often seek them out as sophisticated souvenirs from their travels. “It’s nice to have pieces that have history and depth, and that mark a moment in time,” said Mr. Veal. “We have more than we can even display. “

And unlike acquiring fine art, purchasing decorative ceramics is less complicated and can be much less expensive, he added, “It doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s just the little things that grab our attention.

  • Does ceramic have to be functional? While many are technically bowls or vases, “they shouldn’t contain anything,” Ms. Stucker said, and can stand alone as sculptural objects.

  • How to start a collection? “Just buy what speaks to you,” she advised, “and build on it.”

  • How to highlight your ceramics? Ms. Stucker likes to mix them with books and plants, creating a larger arrangement on a shelf, coffee table, bar, or fireplace. “It’s my balancing act,” she said.

Ribbed bowl by Christoph Radl for Bitossi Ceramiche

$ 600 at Artemest:

Small textured ceramic tray

$ 240 at Dumais Fait: 212-620-7720, ext. 209, or

Yves Klein-inspired matt blue vase by Bari Ziperstein

$ 315 in March: 415-931-7433 or

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