Humble Ceramics does not sell online. Please contact one of our amazing retailers (scroll down and look on the left side of the blog for a full list) if you are interested in purchasing our work. Thank you!

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June 2015


With four new stores about to carry some of our work and six more pending, we need to stabilize again ... meaning that all new retail inquiries will have to be placed on our waiting list. We do not know the length of time it will be as for some of you it has already been close to two years and we apologize for that.

Also, we can no longer accept any orders for air-shipment at this time, but we do accept truck or ocean freight only with minimum orders and no deadlines ... as there are too many variables we cannot account for.
(we make exceptions for restaurant samples only, publications, and cook books).

If you can arrange for a pick-up in person and take care of the shipping yourself, through an assistant or a company, then that is a different story.

Production time is anywhere between 3 to 6 months depending on the size of the order.

We are working on organizing, and managing the impact of your wonderful interest in our products ... and transforming what was once an exploratory hobby into a full business one learning experience at a time, one mistake at a time, one faux-pas at a time, and one #incrediblyprivilegedtobedoingwhatwearedoing day at a time!


Thank you for your patience and understanding ... and watch Humble Ceramics grow - one piece at a time. Thank you for being part of this artist' s growing "L.A. story".


Delphine

HANDMADE = SLOW



!!! STORES !!!
Please place your fourth quarter/holiday season orders with us by June/July (at the latest)
... it will give us a chance to make everything in time for October. If you wait until the last minute, we can not guarantee we'll have what you want in stock ...

If packing, shipping and/or ocean freight are involved, please take that time into consideration as well!


!!! RESTAURANTS !!!
Please give us 3 to 4 months to make your orders ... if we can do it sooner, we will and let you know as soon as your order is complete.

If packing, shipping and/or ocean freight are involved, please take that time into consideration as well!

Thank yooooouuuuuu!

Delphine


Jun 20, 2015

HC spotted in Virtuoso Life Magazine (July 2015)






Humble Ceramics spotted in July/August's issue of Virtuoso Life Magazine. What an honor to be mentioned alongside such talented designers and taste makers!

Thank you Tanvi Chedda for taking the time to come down and visit the studio ... and thank you to photographer Joe Schmelzer and his lovely assistant for these pics!

Yo can see the full article on all the LEFT COAST COOL tastemakers here:
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/virtuosolife/20150708/index.php#/76

Just a few tiny corrections ... only a few pieces were created for Farmshop, not an entire line. Farmshop uses some of Humble Ceramics pieces in their restaurants and sell quite a few more on the store side of their establishment. And, in Los Angeles, you can find our work at Farmshop, General Store, OK, DekorLA, Lawson Fenning (starting June 28), Turpan, and many more as you can see on this blog (right side). 

Also, I can't keep this bottled in any longer .... I don't remember saying "I am reinventing the process" ... but if I did, that is completely untrue, pompous, obnoxious and egocentric ... and I apologize to any/all potters! These few lines have made me very very uncomfortable. It is true however that based on what I what taught, I am doing the exact opposite ... 

Jun 19, 2015

HC Spotted in Food & Wine Magazine (July 2015)



Humble Ceramics Boreal Blue Stillness plates, Cazuelitas and Enoki bowls were spotted in the July 2015 issue of Food & Wine Magazine with some drool-inducing ribs!!! Congratulations to Top Chef's season 12 winner - Mai Lin!

Thank you to the talented F&W team!

Jun 5, 2015

HC interview on Jenni Kayne's blog RIP&TAN



A few months back, I had the lovely visit of talented photographer Yayo Ahumada who came by the studio to take some pictures for Jenni Kayne's blog Rip&Tan. The interview came a few weeks after, then I completely forgot about it until today when I saw a comment on Instagram and here it is!!!

Below is the interview, but you can see all the pictures here.

R+T: How and when did you enter into the world of ceramics?
August 25, 2010 was the first day of my very first class. My friend Julie mentioned she was going to take a pottery course and I was ready for a new experience. This was only meant to last 6 weeks, so I figured “why not?”.

R+T: What was it that drew you to this art form?
I grew up with a mother who loved pottery … but I was never particularly drawn to it. This adventure is complete happenstance. Then it became a way to create objects I wanted to surround myself with.

R+T: What are some of your sources of inspiration?
Rhythms, music, nature, sacred geometry, fractals, quantum physics, fringe science, polarity, mathematics, history, ancient and future civilizations, cosmology, our planet, the universe and our place in it. The unknown, the mysterious, the invisible …

R+T: Your rustic yet modern pieces embrace the imperfections, cracks and warps… Tell us more about the importance of falling in love with the so-called “flaws”…
It is a metaphor for ourselves, about the importance of embracing and making the most of who we are, as we are … with our flaws, imperfections, et all. Isn’t that what gives us our own unique and personal charm? We are bombarded by sterile images of perfection and live in a society where an item that is considered “flawed” is instantly rejected without taking the time to look at the beauty and uniqueness behind it. We have been programmed to discard any little imperfection, point it out, shame it…and yet, I find that it is those very “flaws” that give each piece/person their own unique style and personality…a kind of soul if you will. These so-called “flaws” are gifts from above, we cannot control them or reproduce them, they are absolutely and divinely unique and therefore should be considered gifts. Imagine if we lived in a world where the word ‘perfect’ meant ‘one-of-a-kind’!

R+T: Can you share a bit about your materials and techniques?
Because I had no attachment to the pottery world and knew absolutely nothing about it: I made pieces for myself and therefore threw all the conventions out the window. I did everything wrong … but it was right for me! I basically took all the “shoulds”…and, unknowingly, did the complete opposite. I also decided to make the work as simple as possible. Then, I stumbled upon this quote by Einstein and it resonated so profoundly that it became the Humble Ceramics ‘anthem’.

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.” – Albert Einstein

R+T: The purposeful weight of each piece?
The weight comes from the need to be grounded and present. When you pick up one of our pieces, your presence and attention will shift instantly. Now, suddenly, you have to pay attention to where you are in time and space, to what you are touching, handling and so forth. Your relationship to the object will change, and so will your energy. Picking up one of our pieces is like experiencing an instant meditation, a discreet Zen moment you didn’t even have to seek.

R+T: And the role that prayers and healing intentions play in your sacred vessels and objects?
As each person brings a piece of Humble Ceramics home – wherever that may be – it creates a matrix of healing for the planet. Each piece is meant to raise the frequency and awareness around it. As more and more violence erupts across the globe and human aggression is becoming predominant and more destructive than ever, I visualize moments of peace and mindfulness, holding space for the greater good. Just like dropping a pebble in water and noticing the rings grow and expand, the intention is for mindfulness and awareness to grow and expand as well … and influence anyone that comes in contact with our work in a positive and healing manner.

R+T: If you had to, could you pick a favorite piece or collection?
How could I choose? It depends on the mood, context and its purpose. I do love the Enoki though … and the corked jars, and the stillness plates and … oh this is hard! You are asking me to choose between my children!

R+T: What is the most rewarding part of your work?
When I see people’s reactions to the work and how it makes them feel as they hold it.

THE STUDIO

R+T: Tell us about your studio space… How did you find it? What drew you to it? And what impact does it have on your work?
We were looking for about a year but it was Jose Nonato of Nonato Ceramics, with whom I share the studio, who brought me to the space. The landlord is also wonderful and supportive of artists and artisans … so it just felt right to be there – for now.

That whole block is full of extremely talented artisans, so it felt like home. It is in a neighborhood bursting with life and street art, but I do admit that the potential and the high ceilings made me weak at the knees. It felt like it was a space we could grow in, expand, experiment, learn and leap forward … I see it as a blueprint for what’s to come!

It’s a very inspiring space. Though far from perfect, we all see the potential and that makes it fun for us to come to work everyday.

R+T: How would you describe the atmosphere in your studio?
Like a positive vortex. Buzzing, relaxed, chaotic, productive, inspiring, loud, peaceful, hypnotic, messy but well organized. This is definitely not a cozy studio, but we try to create little islands of beauty and peace here and there. It’s a work in progress! We do feel very detached from the world when we are in there …

R+T: Tell us about a typical day in the studio…
From the moment we set foot inside STUDIO 58; we hit the ground running! From day to day, we never know what will need to be done since clay has its own timing, so everyday is different. We go with the urgency of the moment. Some days we trim, others we glaze, on some days we throw, or load the kiln … we do not have a flow chart so we focus on what is most important in the chain of steps that it takes to make a single piece, filling orders, juggling visits, meetings and so forth. Time flies at STUDIO 58!

R+T: Is music a part of the process? Who might we hear playing on any given day?
Not in the studio … there are so many noises and sounds happening around us that music would just distract and add another layer of noise. But everyone is free to listen to their own, as long as it’s with earphones. My favorite music is the occasional silence between the noises.

But in the car on the way to and from the studio …
J.J. Cale, Cat Power, Elliott Smith, Jose Gonzales, Chilly Gonzales on the piano, Shankar (the violinist), Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Black Dog, Amon Tobin, Aphex Twin, DJ Spooky, Cliff Martinez, David Holmes, Michael Galasso, Gustavo Santaolalla, Toumani Diabate, Serge Gainsbourg, Carla Bruni, Quantic, anything from the Easy Tempo series …

R+T: Top five workspace musts?
Good intentions. Good clay. Good tools. Good chocolate. Good company

Interview by Jenni Kayne for the blog Rip&Tan

Photos by Yayo Ahumada

May 29, 2015

HC Stillness Bowls @ Alma Restaurant






Every chef, every restaurant, every recipe and every bowl has a different personality. Here are some pictures from a lunch Jenni Kayne organized and posted about in her lovely blog Rip+Tan "Entertaining at Alma" ... @ Alma Restaurant. Bottom picture is by Barrett Prendergast of http://valleybrinkroad.com

Alma Restaurant
952 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213-244-1422
e-mail: gm@alma-la.com


HC now available in Tokyo









Thanks to Complex Universal Furniture Supply and everyone involved for organizing the Humble Ceramics launch event on May 23, 2015. Your hard work has been very much appreciated.  And thank YOU for coming!!! What an honor to be there! And thank you Yoko TakahashiYuri Nomura (eartrip), and Taichi Saito (Solso) for the beautiful presentation ...

Above are some pictures from the evening in question ... Thanks Erika!

Petite Sculptures now available in Tokyo's COMPLEX_UFS







Petite Sculptures (Dakini, Aladdin & Stackables) and God's Ears by Delphine Lippens are now available exclusively at Complex Universal Furniture Supply in Tokyo, Japan.

 2-10-35-1F MITA MEGURO-KU, TOKYO 153-0062
TEL: +81 3 3760 0111 / FAX: +81 3 3760 0115
MON-FRI 11:00-19:00
SAT/SUN 12:00-18:00 HOLIDAY CLOSED
http://www.complex-jp.net


May 24, 2015

HC launch in Tokyo as seen through you @instagram


Humble Ceramics launch event in Tokyo, Japan was on May 23, 2015 at Complex Universal Furniture Supply. Unable to be there ... and so impatient / curious about the event ... I've decided to post your Instagram pictures and piece the visuals from there ... so thank you for posting! 



Thank you all for coming ... wishing I could have been there! Thank you Complex team for putting on such a great evening; honored and privileged to be working with you !!! Can;t wait to see your own pictures!

May 19, 2015

Humble Ceramics launch event in Tokyo on May 23, 2015

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On May 23, 2015 - Humble Ceramics and petite sculptures by Delphine Lippens will be launching in Tokyo, Japan ... exclusively at Complex Universal Furniture Supply store and gallery. If you are in Tokyo, please join us for this very special event. 

A big thank you to the whole team @ Complex-JP, Eartrip, Solso and all involved for creating an amazing presentation, invitations and posters ... I can't wait to see what the launch will look like and how it will be received!

When: May 23, 2015
Where: Complex Universal Furniture Supply
 2-10-35-1F MITA MEGURO-KU, TOKYO 153-0062
TEL: +81 3 3760 0111 / FAX: +81 3 3760 0115
MON-FRI 11:00-19:00
SAT/SUN 12:00-18:00 HOLIDAY CLOSED
CONTACT : post@complex-jp.net

* Photo (top colored) by Yoko Takahashi, Food by Yuri Nomura (eartrip), Plants by Taichi Saito (Solso)

May 18, 2015

HC in EyeScream magazine Japan (June 2015)

 
 

In tandem with the launch of our brand in Tokyo, Japan on May 23, 2015 - Humble Ceramics was introduced in the press in EyeScream magazine, Premium and Madame Figaro ... what an honor! Thank you all.

HC in Madame Figaro Japan (June 2015)


Humble Ceramics was in very good company with Kat and Roger Ceramics in the latest Madame Figaro Japon magazine. Merci Madame!

http://madamefigaro.jp/welcome.html