!!! CHEFS !!!!
If we don't have what you need in our stock room, orders can take anywhere from a few weeks up to 2 or 3 months
to fulfill
(depending on the size of the order, whether we have to make it from scratch or just glaze our bisque).

Our process takes time!

Humble Ceramics on Instagram

It's official ...
we have launched our own online store
Come by and take a look

For trade, hospitality or wholesale accounts
please contact us directly
or go to http://www.humbleceramicswholesale.com/

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".

To see Delphine's petites sculptures, please go to


Mar 19, 2013

Throwing at home

Bought a used wheel a while back and just plugged it in as of mid-March 2013 ... this is my first new batch of Humble Ceramics in progress, thrown outside of Xiem! Will still have to shlepp all the bone dry pieces to be bisqued and glazed ... cross fingers they survive the trip.

Mar 18, 2013

HC in Martha Stewart's Living Blog

American Made Series: Humble Ceramics

Modern and rustic elements combine perfectly in the Humble Ceramics pottery line. Los Angeles based artist Delphine Lippens, owner and founder of the line, only recently discovered her passion and talent for ceramic design. Now, much of her time is spent in a beautiful communal studio, filled with talented people who all share a love of clay.

Where is Humble Ceramics based? What is the work space like?
Humble Ceramics is based in Los Angeles, although my studio is at Xiem Clay Center in Pasadena, California. There we can inspire each other, share tips and support one-another–through challenges and successes. The studio itself is huge! It has tall ceilings and skylights which allow daylight to come in and illuminate our work in the most organic and wonderful way. The studio consists of the main work space (where all the wheels, hand-building tables, spray booth, glazing area, measuring table, slab roller, extruder and sinks are), the damp room (where the wet work aka green-ware has time to dry), and the kiln room. There is an outdoor space for sanding, a glaze preparation room, lockers, recycled clay and glaze area, and last but not least, a very cool retail store and gallery.

How long have you been working in ceramics, and when did you start Humble Ceramics?
A friend of mine had been looking into taking a pottery class and invited me to join her for a 6-week course. August 25, 2010 was the first day of my very first class. I had never sat down at a wheel or even seen one before, but after that I was hooked. A few months later, I started taking pictures of the work to show friends and family and decided to make a blog for fun. After 6 months, I participated in the studio’s bi-annual Ceramic Arts Fair and that’s how Humble Ceramics came about and was sheepishly introduced to the world.

It is important to say that I am not a ceramic artist, but rather, a creative person who uses clay as a way to express my designs. To become a true potter (in the traditional and respectful aspect of the word) and master of the craft takes years. Humble Ceramics has been made possible because of what a studio like Xiem is able to provide. To quote one of my mentors, Suzette Munnik (Xiem’s Education Director), “This studio provides high quality technical support which enables even a beginner to successfully produce a ceramic object or sculpture in a relatively short time, without having to master the intricacies of kiln firing and glaze chemistry

Please tell us a little about the kiln and how it works.
The studio has 6 kilns: 3 electrical and 3 gas. The 3 electric kilns are fired to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and used for bisque firing. “Bisque” is clay that has been hardened through a first firing and has no glaze. Once green-ware (clay that is bone dry but not fired) has been fired that first time, no water or humidity is left in the clay. Then, there are 3 very large gas kilns (16, 18 and 30 cubic feet). These kilns are used for “glaze firing”. The studio uses Cone 10 down-draft reduction kilns. Because Cone 10 kilns fire at such high temperatures (+/- 2340 degrees Fahrenheit), pieces can sometimes change slightly in shape, and colors come out with unexpected and results, which makes for unique, one-of-a-kind finished product. The advantage of firing at Cone 10 is that the density of the work coming out is extremely solid and hard. The process for a glaze firing is quite long. At Xiem, the process takes about 10 to 12 hours for the kiln to reach its highest temperature and the cooling down process takes about 36 hours.

How would you describe your color palate?
My color palate is very peaceful. Texture is something that resonates well with me, so that is why I often leave parts of my pieces un-glazed. When I choose a glaze, I want to make sure it harmonizes yet does not overpower the texture or color of the clay and marries well with its shape. Just like cooking – it is a play of balance and proportions between the ingredients. The work of Humble Ceramics is not obvious; it is discreet and is not trying to compete for attention from its environment or other objects. My non-colors are very earthy and organic – from clears to whites, grays and blacks. Sometimes I use light blues. Humble Ceramics is about humble beauty and practicality – how it interacts with nature, light and its environment.

When not working with ceramics, what else do you enjoy doing?
You can usually find me painting, designing, blogging, writing, cooking, entertaining, creating, learning and living.  I could redesign the whole world if I had the chance. I also rent my home as a short-term vacation or executive rental; Between Brentwood Artist Farmhouse and Humble Ceramics, I am quite occupied.

You can see some more of Humble Ceramics on Delphine’s  blog
Maeve Nicholson is harpist, fiber artist and a contributing editor at Martha Stewart Living. Follow her on Instagram.com @maeverz.


Thanks to Maeve Nicholson for writing this sweet profile and including Humble Ceramics in the American Made Series! What an honor!!!

Read the full articles here

FYI - the articles was edited to a certain amount of words and therefore a few things were omitted, but I do want to give credit to Junzo Mori, Xiem's studio technician and kiln master who handles all our pieces with love and care! And Kevin "Xiem" Nguyen, founder of Xiem.

Mar 14, 2013

Xiem Ceramic Sale - Save the MAY dates!

This year, Humble Ceramics, along with the Xiem Collective of Potters and Ceramic Artists,
will once again be participating at
XIEM's Clay Center
Bi-Annual Art & Ceramic Fair
Friday May 10, 2013 (6:30-9pm)
Saturday May 11, 2013 (10:30am-4:30pm)

1563 N. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104

Mar 12, 2013

HC now selling @ Hammer and Spear

Store opened on March 14th, 2013

Humble Ceramics is proud to announce that it will be available at Hammer and Spear in Downtown LA (near R23, SciArc, Mateo) - the store's grand opening was March 14th.

255 S Santa Fe Ave. #101
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Mar 10, 2013


Humble Ceramics is excited to be selling it's smaller tea cups at the the very cool MATCHA SOURCE in Hollywood.

8036 W. 3rd Street
between Crescent Heights & Fairfax
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Humble Ceramics is proud to be used at the very hip SQIRL in Silver Lake. I finally dropped by SQIRL to take a few pictures .... and taste their amazing food ... have you tried the brioche with kale and fried egg!!!

720 North Virgil Ave #4
Los Angeles, CA 90029

HC @ OK Hollywood

Humble Ceramics is soooooooo excited to be part of OK's growing roster of local artisan, potters and ceramics artists ... here is a peak at what is left .... going fast!!! Thank you Larry for supporting us!

OK - the store
8303 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048 (near the Beverly Center)

Mar 6, 2013

Store opening on March 14th, 2013
 7-10 pm!

255 S Santa Fe Ave. #101
Los Angeles, CA 90012