I came across Gemma Orkin recently when I was in Cape Town and I stumbled across her work in the indoor market at the V&A Waterfront. I absolutely loved all of her pieces (especially the flamingoes pieces) and eventually settled on this tray:
It’s now pride of place on my bedside table and I use it to store the jewellery I wear everyday. I love its design and the fact that it’s unlike anything I have seen before. It’s beautifully crafted and now I am back I wish I had bought more. Happily, I soon found that Gemma’s pieces are sold at Angie’s Little Food Shop in Chiswick and, if you are not in London, you can shop them online – hurrah! The prices range from £25 to £75. Inevitably, due to geography, there’s not quite the selection as shown above (which is from Gemma’s website) but here are some example of the lovely pieces ALFS stocks:
I was very happy to see the flamingoes again (each piece is handmade so no two are the same) and this one might just have to be my next purchase:
How fun is she?
These pieces are from SKT Ceramics, a Brooklyn based company, who make their bespoke pieces on an order basis. I came across them on Instagram quite a while ago know and I love their work. The animals and occasional Brooklyn Bridge or barn are drawn by Susannah Tisue.
There are over 60 designs you can choose from ranging from manatees to beavers, peacocks to pelicans and lobsters to pandas. Here’s a glimpse from their website. How fab are they?
Prices start from about $22. International Shipping is a minimum of $25 and there are probably taxes too so I have been pondering my choice for a while as these both substantially up the price. Most days I think otter, but then I see the whale and the sea turtle and just can’t make up my mind! One of these days I will bite the bullet (I have a feeling this will be very soon) but it’s probably best if you can pin down a very nice friend who is going to one of these locations in the US or Canada.
Finally, and by no means least, is Grey Suit Clay. This time a lot closer to home, Sheffield.
I, again, happened by chance to stumble across the Grey Suit Clay Instagram account just at the time as a midi mug was being sold off. I saw it, fell in love with it and snapped it up. It arrived a couple of days later. It’s now my favourite mug. The colours and craftsmanship are exquisite.
The range is priced between £12 and £64, is all wheel-thrown and includes bowls, cups, mugs and, excitingly, planters. Stock is constantly being replenished. When you hold a piece you see the most amazing colours, there’s just something about the stains and glaze which is so spot on and is not quite apparent when photographed. They have this lovely light, shimmering sparkle.
Do you have any of these pieces? I am always on the look out for new artists, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know!