~ Embracing the beauty of imperfections since 2010 ~
Humble Ceramics is WHOLESALE ONLY and does not sell online. Please contact one of our amazing retailers (scroll down and look on the RIGHT side of this blog for a full list) if you are interested in purchasing our work. Thank you!
!!! CHEFS !!!! We are getting backed-up with orders - we need minimum 3 to 4 months lead time to fullfill your order (depending on the size). Our process takes time! PLEASE PLAN AHEAD!!!
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Currently, we do not sell online.
At this time, Humble Ceramics is available to retailers, designers, hospitality and media only. For new wholesale inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.humbleceramicswholesale.com/ All new store inquiries will be put on a waiting list
Production time is anywhere between 8 to 12 weeks (possibly more) depending on the size of the order or if we have to make your items from scratch, unless you pick from shapes we keep in stock at the time of the inquiry (bisque only) ... and all we need to do is glaze to your color preference. This timing does not include shipping.
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".
an artist, it is an extraordinary privilege to create work that
resonates with so many of you. Transitioning from hobby to business has
been, and still is, quite the journey, even a few years later … ;
learning something new everyday and making more mistakes than anyone
could ever imagine – but what lessons learned! High-fire ceramics is a
medium unlike any other and in such, creates its own set of challenges
and issues way too long to include here. Don’t be fooled by an
Instagram post, the reality behind that image, the amount of time, soul,
loss, sweat and tears behind the work is quite intense! I am exited by
the passion the work inspires and would love to please everyone.
However, we are not a 3-D Printing facility. There is a long and costly
journey that happens between an idea and its physical incarnation!
There are hundreds of sizes, shapes, and objects I would like to create
but at the end of the day we are not serving anyone in the long term by
having so many variations while still discovering our own processes.
Except for a few classes at a local studio, I’ve had to learn from
failures, again and again and again, and seems like I’ve been learning
backwards, but that has been my journey. It is what it is. Doing
everything “wrong”, but it has been right for me - so far.
was then, this is now! Time changes, realities and financial
obligations change! We want Humble Ceramics to be around for a long
time. We want to be able to offer a line that is timeless, classic, and
which is as relevant and elegant today as it will be in 100 years. A
line that can fit as well in a finca on the island of Ibiza, as it would
in a Kyoto Temple, a New York penthouse, a rustic shack, a farmhouse, a
minimalist loft, the desert of Mongolia, and everything in between! In
order to do that, we have to change everything about the way we make
the work, change the studio flow, our process, our inventory, etc … and
in such, we have decided to reduce the line to the best of ‘the best
sellers’. Many of those changes will probably take a good year or two
to implement as that too is a slow process and has a learning curve!
But what you see on the website under “products” is what we are
currently offering. We can always add more later, though right now, we
have to focus on the essentials and the core of our line. A few select
stores will be carrying our one of a kind pieces until we run out ...
and we still have to glaze all our discontinued bisque inventory ...
hence the studio clearances ... which will happen until all is gone.
of today, we will only be offering Snow White on Greystone. A few
selected stores will be carrying the Snow White on Sandstone, but those
will be few. We are also discontinuing the Brownstone and we will no
longer do custom work, experimental glazes, in-between sizes, alternate
colors or the likes until we are fully efficient and profitable. We
need to focus, simplify, restructure and use our resources more
intelligently. By doing so, it will make our studio flow more
effectively, our inventory more precise, your wait time not as long, it
will help us reduce loss (of actual pieces), have less waste (of raw
materials), less packaging, less storage issues and less headaches
trying to make it all work! Simplifying is not only good for every one
of our elves and our work environment, but is also more eco-friendly
(again, too long to describe all the reasons why here). Every action
creates a butterfly effect, and we want that effect to be positive and
upwards. We understand that waiting 3 months for a few pieces is not
ideal … but you have made us into an unexpected brand, with very VERY
high expectations and we’ve been trying to keep up, but now, we must
adapt to our current reality in a “swim or sink” moment.
an accidental entrepreneur, I have put everything (time, money, energy
and soul) into this as I am extremely proud and believe wholeheartedly
in Humble Ceramics, its direction and its potential. But the pressure
of wearing so many hats is becoming too much to bear and I will not last
by keeping the way we have been going. This is also an attempt to
reclaim time for myself, and stop isolating due to extreme fatigue. The
exhaustion is hard to live with on a daily basis. Working 16+ hours a
day, 6 to 7 days a week for the last 5+ years is not the answer, for my
body or my spirit. Even if I had the strength, it's just not healthy
and does not set a good example. There is so much more I want to
accomplish and having a heart attack or falling into a deep isolating
depression does not serve me, the business, the people who work with me,
my friends, family, customers, my community or society in a positive
and healing manner. “The candle which is light to others consumes itself”– Nomad proverb
This change will also serve my own sanity. Though I am proud of what
has been accomplished so far, and have to pinch myself on a daily basis,
I feel there has to be a better way, especially if this “company” is
here to stay for the long run … or at least that is one of its goals.
thank you for understanding and respecting our process (with all its
flaws and imperfections) … we are a metaphor for our own work and our
own selves … we are a work in progress.
Congratulations to Josef Centeno for a slew of great reviews from Conde Nast Traveler to Interview Magazine to the Washington Post .... and the reviews keep on coming ... each time showing or work is the process, thank you! You can read the articles and see more picture here:
Thank you to Denise of Denise Young Textiles for letting me know about being on Remodelista! Can you spot our canisters and tumblers? We're in good company w/ Petersen Pottery Company, A Question of Eagles and Bzippy ...
It's always fun to see our pieces in beautiful remodels such as this one by Amber Interiors! Can you spot our pieces? Hint: look for canisters, clover creamer, sugar container, and a few utensil holders ...
I will also take this opportunity to share that our work is now available at Amber Interiors in Calabassas!
A beautiful table starts with dinnerware
that’s made with heart from materials that last. I love Belgian-born,
Los Angeles-based ceramicist Delphine Lippens’ line, Humble Ceramics.
Rustic and yet modern at the same time, Delphine’s plates, bowls, and
cork-top canisters impart a warmth and strength that’s striking on any
I first discovered Humble Ceramics
through a friend and soon began collecting the inviting, organic pieces
for my home. When we started carrying the line at Jenni Kayne, we visited Delphine in her studio,
where she shared her artistic process with us and told us about how she
she got her start. Funnily enough, she more or less fell into the world
of ceramics by deciding on a whim to take a pottery class with a
friend. From there, she was hooked.
My favorite pieces in Delphine’s line are her harvested cork-top canisters,
which can be used to hold a variety of pantry items and objects and
also make the loveliest gifts. With spring cleaning and decorating on my
mind with the launch of our first spring deliveries, I thought I’d ask Delphine for her perspective on these beautiful pieces. XXJKE
Rip & Tan: What inspired you to fist start making the cork-top canisters?
Delphine Lippens: I visited a cork
factory when I was 7 or 8 years old and I thought it was fascinating and
magical. I still remember the earthy smells!
We always had cork at the house growing
up. My dad collected wines and my mom had a collection of hand-blown glass
jars from the early 1900s. She replaced all the broken bakelite tops
with cork. I would play with the wine corks for hours
I’ve always loved the interaction of two
materials; the way cork makes any object unique and warm. When I brought
my first thrown canisters home, I still had a few old corks at the
house and that is how it came together—it just made sense!
Rip & Tan: What are some creative ways to use the canisters?
DL: You can use these for anything, it just depends what the context is!
In the kitchen, depending on the size, I have coarse salt, Celtic salt, specialty salts, sugar
cubes, granulated sugar, tea bags, chocolate covered coffee beans,
blooming tea balls, and more. In the larger sizes you can put pet
treats—and whatever you can think of.
In the office, hide your rubber bands, paper clips, wires, or whatever you want to keep organized and hidden.
In the bathroom, you can keep cotton swabs, cotton balls, hair clips, or bath salts, ...
In the bedroom, jewelry, crystals,
homeopathic remedies, essential oils—anything you want right there on
your bedside table but don’t want to see.
We have a lot of people just display them in groups in their living rooms on tables or shelves ...
Rip & Tan: Any Don’ts when it comes to using these canisters at home? Or interesting facts about them?
DL: I wouldn’t recommend putting cork in
the fridge because if it gets any type of condensation, and the cork
seals really well; it might get moldy. Personally, I would use the cork
as dry storage only.
One thing to know is that you should
never push down hard on the cork otherwise it might create an
air-suction seal and the cork will be hard to remove. Just tap it down
gently with your fingers, but don’t push it in with your hand!
We sell the canisters in Hawaii where
there’s a tremendous amount of humidity in the air and we’ve been told
that our canisters keep the salts dry. They are more or less airtight.
Rip & Tan: Can someone feasibly collect these and pass them down for generations?
DL: Yes! And please do so! The cork is
sustainably harvested, but there are fewer and fewer countries that
produce cork correctly (without killing the trees) so this is a
vulnerable resource and should not be taken for granted!
We sometimes have to wait 3 to 6 months
for certain sizes because the harvest is cyclical and they don’t always
have enough stock!
Rip & Tan: Any new shapes or sizes you plan on making in the future?
DK: We are always working on new shapes and sizes!
It's always an honor to know chefs are inspired by our "clay canvases" ... above is a sneak peak at a menu created by Chef Francis Bassa (previously of Alma in DTLA) for his pop-up dinner on Wednesday January 11, 2017 taking place in a secret location in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. The actual dinner won't be in our ceramics, but the food will be just as beautiful! For more info, click here https://eatfeastly.com/ or https://www.instagram.com/francis.bassa/
A Humble Ceramics Stillness Platter (Brownstone/Charcoal Black) spotted on Page 67 of Sunset Magazine (January 2017) - we only made 2 which means this one was purchased at Farmshop in the Brentwood Country Mart or at Lawson Fenning! Yay! Thank you Sunset team!