Humble Ceramics 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!
~ CURRENT STORES .... PLEASE START THINKING ABOUT YOUR CHRISTMAS ORDERS (which will give us time to make-it)! ~

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August 2015


With a few 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 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 are in California and pick-up the pieces in person or if you can take care of the shipping yourself, through an assistant or a company, then that is a different story, and you will jump to the top of the list. We are trying to manage our time in the most efficient way ... thank you for understanding.

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



!!! CURRENT 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


Aug 26, 2015

Replenished .... THE PRIMARY ESSENTIALS in Brooklyn!


Replenished .... more canisters, flats, FS plates now available at THE PRIMARY ESSENTIALS in Brooklyn!

New arrivals at GENERAL STORE San Francisco


New arrivals at the San Francisco location of General Store ... lots of goodies, canisters, bowls, mugs, planters .... you name it! Drop by and say hello.


HC Wabi-Sabi pieces now used at the new GARDNER JUNCTION in Hollywood


Humble Ceramics is proud to announce the opening of a new restaurant - GARDNER JUNCTION - opening September 22, 2015. Embracing the Wabi-Sabi concept, Humble Ceramics WS wares will be used in harmony with the train station-inspired themed restaurant.

The brainchild of Chef Steve Brown, this new eatery maintains the rising California standard/consciousness around slow-food, locally sourced, non-GMO, farm to table ingredients with integrity ... while also giving back to the community with their non-profit FUTURE CHEFS of AMERICA, LLC. which will send a few lucky under-privileged kids to the Cordon Blue with a full scholarship!

Soft opening / open house on September 14-16
but the OFFICIAL OPENING is September 22, 2015!

GARDNER JUNCTION
1451 N Gardner St
West Hollywood, CA  

Tel: (323) 450-9021

For more information ... please see links below:





Jul 28, 2015

Available for order at FARMSHOP LA





You can order any item, any shape any color at Farmshop in the Brentwood Country Mart.
16oz mugs, 2, 4 and 6 oz tumblers or canisters, Stillness plates, bowls, FS plates, cazuelas, cazuelitas, and more ....

For more pictures, check-out www.instagram.com/humbleceramicscatalog


HC now selling in Portland, Oregon



Humble Ceramics now selling in Portland, Oregon at ALDER & CO. Thank you for your patience!!!

616 SW 12th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
503.224.1647

http://alderandcoshop.com/collections/home

HC now selling in Vancouver, Canada





Humble Ceramics is now available in Vancouver, Canada at Charlie & Lee. After almost two years on the waiting list ... thank you for your patience!

Charlie & Lee
223 Union Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 2B2
Canada

604.558.3030

HC now selling in Kailua, Hawaii



Humble Ceramics now selling at ALOHA SUPERETTE in Kailua, Hawaii.

Drop by the store and browse their lovely eclectic selection of goods.

ALOHA SUPERETTE
438 Uluniu Street
Kailua, HI 96734

http://www.alohasuperette.com

Jul 27, 2015

HC honored to be part of Stephen Kenn's Summer Shop





Only on week-ends until August 16, 2015 ... drop by Stephen Kenn's Summer Shop for tea, art, great design and amazing people. Discover a different part of downtown Los Angeles, a cool block, building and loft ... 

We’re doing a pop up shop this summer!  Our studio will be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. We’ll be serving Stumptown cold brew coffee on tap, August Uncommon Tea, and have a variety of food and drink partners rotating through each weekend. We’ll be showing some new designs from our studio, as well as offering our current bag collection at very special prices exclusive to Summer Shop attendees. We will also be selling and showcasing some other products and designs from brand partners we really believe in, such as Humble Ceramics, Public Supply notebooks, Norden Goods candles, Chapter mens shirts, and apothocary items from Colony 2139 in Japan. Come and join us!

Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 6pm

988 McGarry St
Los Angeles, CA 90021


Jul 4, 2015

HC now Available for orders at LAWSON FENNING Melrose


















A beautifully curated selection of Humble Ceramics tableware now available for order at the new Melrose location of @lawsonfenning. We are honored to be in such good company! Wow - the showroom is pure design heaven!!!!! Thank you for including us. 

6824 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 934-0048


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