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 info@humbleceramics.com
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".

To see Delphine's petites sculptures, please go to
http://www.delphinelippens.com/



Delphine





Jul 24, 2017

WABI-SABI / seconds sale




W A B I - S A B I   /  S E C O N D S   S A L E

What you can expect here is the continued clearance
PLUS all the Wabi-Sabi pieces we've tucked away this year for these 3 days.
Lots of large bowls and platters, tons of plates, bowls, flats,
vases and little trinkets (creamers, tumblers, etc ...)
~ Sat/Sun/Mon AUGUST 26, 27 & 28 from 9 am - 3 pm each day ~
We do not sell online. This is in person only.
Credit Card or Venmo only. 

9.25% Tax & CC fee included !
Address will be posted later
Humble Ceramics
326 W 58th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Parking on the 57th, 58th, Grand or Broadway.
Uber/Lyft/Waze recommended

Please bring your own crates, boxes, bags ...
we'll provide wrapping paper and supplies.
Hope to see you then!
Delphine

Jul 14, 2017

Inner Thoughts

As 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.  

That 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.

As 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.

As 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.

We 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.

Delphine

Apr 7, 2017

HC spotted in Cooking Light Magazine (May 2017)



Humble Ceramics Stillness Bowls spotted in Cooking Light Magazine's May 2017 issue on page 18.
Check-out this Spring Vegetable Grain Bowl recipe here: http://www.cookinglight.com/recipes/spring-vegetable-grain-bowl

 

Beautiful Instagram screen shots from Providence LA




A few beautiful Instagram screen shots from Michael Cimarusti's Providence via https://www.instagram.com/p/BSiODu4FlvL/?taken-by=antoinettebruno
https://www.instagram.com/p/BSiNh8UlRw8/?taken-by=antoinettebruno
https://www.instagram.com/p/BQE7RvXA6z9/?taken-by=cimarustila
https://www.instagram.com/p/BSCuwLxj1Ca/?taken-by=providencela


Congrats to PYT's Josef Centeno ...






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:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/in-la-vegetables-are-the-stars/2017/03/31/9d6bc6fa-13e8-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html?utm_term=.7f79b0d56421

http://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/best-restaurants-in-los-angeles

Read all about Centeno's retaurants here: http://www.ledlowla.com/




Congrats to Chex Tex



Congratulations to CHEZ TEX in Venice, California for the lovely LA Weekly review. Read the full articles and see more pictures here: http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/chez-tex-review-this-venice-restaurant-isnt-a-game-changer-its-just-a-nice-place-to-have-dinner-8092466

HC spotted on Remodelista (April 2017)








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 ...




HC spotted in Food+Wine Magazine (February 2017)

Congratulations to Josef Centeno's PYT for making it to LA's best Vegetable-Forward Restaurants ... this beautiful and colorful shot features one of our FS plates 11" ...  read the full story here:
http://www.foodandwine.com/travel/united-states/las-best-vegetable-forward-restaurants

PYT Los Angeles https://www.instagram.com/pytlosangeles/


Apr 6, 2017

HC Spoted on Real Simple online (April 2017)



Humble Ceramics plates spotted on Real Simple online ... check-out both recipes here:
https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/slow-cooker-cake-recipes/slow-cooker-angel-food-cake
https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/slow-cooker-apple-spice-cake?iid=most-shared-4


HC Spotted in Food+Wine Magazine (April 2017)


Humble Ceramics bowl spotted in Food & Wine Magazine's April 2017 issue ...
check-out the recipe by clicking on the link below:
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/sancerre-poached-scallops-soft-grits

HC Spotted in Cooking Light Magazine (April 2017)



Humble Ceramics SOS Flat and Stillness Bowl spotted in Cooking Light Magazine (April 2017) issue. Check-out the delicious recipes here:
http://www.cookinglight.com/recipes/arugula-egg-charred-asparagus-salad
http://www.cookinglight.com/recipes/radish-parmesan-salad


HC Spotted in Eating Well Magazine (March/April 2017)




Our Sandstone/Snow White Stillness Bowl spotted in Eating Well Magazine (Match/April 2017) on Page 67 ... Check-out this delicious Ricotta Gnocchi w/ Spring Vegetables recipe here

Feb 17, 2017

HC spotted in this remodel by AMBER INTERIORS






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!



             

Shoppe Amber Interiors
23528 Calabasas Rd
Calabasas, CA 91302
http://shoppe.amberinteriordesign.com/

Feb 16, 2017

HC now on Jenni Kayne and RIP+TAN Blog






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 surface.

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 growing up.

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! 





The following items are now available through all Jenni Kayne stores (except Brentwood) and online.
You can see more info at https://www.jennikayne.com/




 

Jan 1, 2017

2017


HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Thank you to all for an incredible year!