!!! 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!
PLEASE PLAN AHEAD!!!



Humble Ceramics on Instagram



It's official ...
we have launched our own online store
Come by and take a look
https://humbleceramics.com/


For trade, hospitality or wholesale accounts
please contact us directly
info@humbleceramics.com
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
http://www.delphinelippens.com/



Delphine





Mar 31, 2018

AMBER INTERIORS opening April 6 in Pacific Palisades



Amber Interiors is growing with a second location opening on April 6, 2018 in Pacific Palisades! Congratulations on the expanding success!

(You can find our Greystone work at the Pacific Palisades location, Greystone and Sandstone at the original Calabassas location.)

Calabasas
23528 Calabasas Road
Calabasas CA 91302

Opening April 6th 2018
Pacific Palisades
859 N Swarthmore Ave
Pacific Palisades CA 90272


Mar 30, 2018

YARDBIRD Southern Table & Bar opens April 6, 2018






Welcome to the new kid in town, YARDBIRD Southern table & bar is opening April 6, 2018 at the newly re-imagined Beverly Center ... and we are proud to have made "a few" pieces for them ...

"Founder and award-winning restaurateur John Kunkel and the Chef Patrick Rebholz joined us live with a taste of Yardbird.  Yardbird is literally known for the Best Fried Chicken & Waffles, Deviled Eggs and biscuits!! And now they have landed in LA!! Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is set to open April 6th in the newly reimagined Beverly Center. Known as a house of worship to farm fresh ingredients, classic southern cooking, culture and hospitality, Yardbird Los Angeles will be a welcomed extension of the current locations in Miami, Las Vegas and Singapore. The best in class, casual restaurant concept known for offering a unique and authentic dining experience is built around the culture and traditions that are emblematic of the South. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Los Angeles will be open seven days a week, serving lunch weekdays and dinner until 11:00 PM nightly. They will also be serving their foot stompin’, soul healin’ brunch on the weekends. For more information, please visit their website,  Twitter @YBSouthern Instagram @YBSouthern and Facebook#SouthernWays." 

- via KTLA5's appreance on March 30, 2018

You can see a little preview here (if the video above does not play):
http://ktla.com/2018/03/30/yardbird-southern-table-and-bar-opening-april-6-at-beverly-center/

Find out more about Yarbird here https://www.runchickenrun.com/location/los-angeles/

A visit by The Avantgartist's Nicole Fani



 

 

"Have you ever made a purchase and felt an instant connection with the artist/designer behind the piece? This was my instant reaction when I first laid my eyes on the stunning ceramic works of Delphine Lippens, creator and artist behind Humble Ceramics. Her work spoke to me with such a talent for creating grounded and elegant pieces that could withstand the test of time, I knew this was for me. I purchased my first couple of dinner plates and from there I was hooked! Growing up with a father who founded a company that manufactures cookware, dinnerware, and houseware my love for all things ceramics is genetic and runs deep through my blood. When I had the pleasure of meeting with Delphine and speaking to her about the beginnings of her company, and the moments that lead to where she is now, I was utterly inspired! She is one of the most insightful and true individuals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. It was a beautiful conversation where I found myself connecting on an even deeper level about life and how the universe always works on a scale, a balancing act. I truly believe that if you are lucky enough to have one or more of her stunning works in your home collection that you are graced with beauty and a piece you can pass down for generations to come! Delphine was so kind giving us a look inside of her studio space. I hope you enjoy this peek into where she creates such beauty with spirituality and love. " - Excerpt by Nicole Fani

A few weeks back, we had the pleasure of hosting the lovely Nicole Fani of the fun and colorful blog The Avantgartist. It was a magical day spent playing with flowers and ceramics ... and at the end of the afternoon, we sat down to talk and got to know a little more about one another.  Today, you can see that conversation and the rest of the profile (and pictures) on her blog as she profiled her experience at the studio.


Here is the questionnaire, but check out her site for a bigger font and the beautiful & fun pictures!


1. What was the inspiration behind creating your company? What motivated you? 
I didn’t “create” a company … it created itself from the response to my work and trying to adapt to the demand.  Making more pieces, needing more space, needing the help of a few elves because I just can’t do it all … so the growth has been and still is completely organic.  As an artist, it is an incredible feeling to have strangers respond to your work in such a positive way.  To have your work appreciated enough that someone would spend money on it is a huge privilege and definitely feeds that creativity.

2. When did you found Humble Ceramics? How did you come up with the company name?
Aug. 25, 2010 was the first day of a 6-week summer class I took with a friend.  Then, I was looking to name a blog I created to show my dad overseas my latest adventure.  I was looking for how clay made me feel, for a name that would be simple but resonated with me.  So after playing around with a few combinations, “Humble Ceramics” just felt right! 

3. What was the first piece you made? What was the inspiration behind it? How long did it take from conception to finished product, and what were the steps?
When I first learned to throw, you had to make a cylinder … then you opened it into a bowl or closed it into a vase … everyone was making bowls but somehow, my fingers wanted to go the other direction and most of my pieces became vases! The process can take weeks between the trimming, drying, sanding, bisquing, glazing, firing, etc … I sold or gave most of my work away, there is a fine line between collecting and hoarding, they became clutter to me and when I found people who resonated and fell in love with the pieces, I just let them go.  I think they are still on the blog … they were my very very first posts … the blog was/is a fun way to document the evolution of my work and how my style evolved.  And to be honest, this class was only 6 weeks and I had zero intention to do anymore.  What’s that expression? “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plan” ?

4. What is your design process? Does it change with every piece, or does it stay on the same path?
It is fairly simple in my head, but there is a big difference between imagining something, the physical reality and technical aspects of it, so I just stuck to what I could do.  My work evolved out of my own limitations (and impatience) as a potter.  Creating shapes that spoke to me within the limited techniques I had learned, but I could tell every piece was a potential prototype.  I was just not good at recreating them again and again consistently.

5. How do your friends and family inspire you and your creative process? 
My friends and family are extremely supportive and I am grateful for that everyday!  Everyone is an artist of some kind and many are way more talented than I’ll ever be!

6. What are the most purchased of all your pieces? 
It varies from season to season … every industry is drawn to different pieces so it about evens out.  But the Stillness Collection has certainly become a Humble Ceramics classic.  

Are they the simplest or hardest to produce?
Every piece has its own set of challenges … but the canisters are the most challenging because we have to fit a cork, and between the shrinkage, trimming, sanding and glazing all create such variations that the corks don’t always fit.


7. How do you choose your materials? 
I like simple materials to harmonize with the environment … hence the simplicity.  Stoneware, concrete, stone, cork, wood, leather, metal, glass, linen are all beautiful in their simplest forms … it’s not just about the clay, it’s how it interacts w/ the shape, color, size, other materials, and everything else around it.  

8. What is your favorite piece to make?
I love doing the Dakini’s (though that is my own personal work and not under the Humble Ceramics Brand). I call it a Godlaboration because when I drop the piece from a certain height, I accept the shape that is given as a gift from above – hence – a “God-laboration” …

9. What is the meaning behind your work? What is the symbolic message you aspire to convey through your ceramic art pieces? 
That simplicity is actually extremely complex. That it’s not just about the aesthetic but about the “experiencing” of the object as well. The work is meant as a meditation – every time you look at it, you touch it, you use it … it is supposed to ground you, calm you, bring you into the present, bring you a little peace and make you happy!

10. What is your favorite use for your oversized bowls? 
Where to start? One bowl for fruits. One bowl for onions, garlic, shallots, avocados, tomatoes … Once bowl for family style dinners, especially great for larger dinner parties.  One bowl for bath essentials (put a few stones at the bottom and keep your loofa, sponge, scrubbies, brushes and whatever you like to have by your bath tub).  Some people use them for rolled hand towels.  In the living room you can put games or beautiful objects in them.  In a closet, keep your socks, or whatever you want in there … In an entrance, you can use them as a throw –it-all. Or just use it as a beautiful object.  The location of the bowl will let you know what the ideal use for it is!  It’s not just for the kitchen!  Put one outside with your favorite rocks, use one as a planter, … think outside the box!

11. How do you set a price on your items?
Based on the challenges of making that particular piece and the loss behind it.

12. How do you feel when you sell one of your pieces?
Surprised, grateful, excited to know it will be loved!

13. Where did you grow up? How did you come to live in L.A.? 
I grew up partially in Europe, then moved to Los Angeles for a few years to experience a new culture, learn English … and never left!  I tried living in other countries, but Los Angeles has always felt like home!

14. How are you planning on growing and expanding your business? Any new pieces in the works?
Yes – always more pieces in the back of my head! Though right now, we are focusing on streamlining and refining our processes.

15. Do you feel a social presence is necessary on multiple platforms to be successful in business today? What are your platforms/handles currently?
Currently I only use Instagram, my blog (which needs updating) … and my website (work in progress) …
I think having a social presence is one huge part but not all, word of mouth is another, brand loyalty is another, but you have some incredible artists and designers that don’t use social media, and they are highly successful.  I think it’s a destiny/path more than a formula.  Social media certainly helps stay in touch and communicate with your tribe.  It depends on what your intentions are … 

16. What is your mission statement?
“The intention behind the work is to embrace imperfections, ground, center and be present. It is also about raising the frequency of one's self and environment, thus creating a matrix of healing for the planet. Healing through beauty ...”
I guess it’s also about forgiveness, mindfulness and a metaphor for who we are as ghosts in a shell … finding beauty in simplicity, flaws and imperfections.  Doing with what we have.  Finding beauty in the unexpected …

17. Do you have other artistic ventures you are currently working on, or have worked on in the past?
Yes, yes and yes … too many to mention here.  But right now, the focus is on Humble Ceramics, and I’m trying to be happy with that otherwise I can get fragmented because I want to do it all!  There is a big distance between an idea and the physical realization of it.

18. Do you love what you do? Does the work serve your soul? 
I love what I do!  And I do what I love.  It does not mean however that it’s easy, or that I am not stressed, afraid, or constantly questioning everything … but yes, any time I can express myself by doing something beautiful – it serves my soul.

19. What would you say is avant-garde about Humble Ceramics?
That’s interesting; I don’t see us as avant-garde, so that’s a huge compliment!  We’re just more simple, more modern, more minimal, yet warm and rustic at the same time if that makes any sense. We position ourselves in between styles, not just one.  We are not “this OR that”, we are “this AND that” … we are non-linear … our work can be placed anywhere on the space-time continuum, and somehow it would be appropriate and fit in the context.


Thank you Nicole! It was a pleasure meeting and getting to know you!

Photography by Grace Yoon   http://www.greyandelle.com/

See all the awesome pictures at http://www.theavantgartist.com/

http://www.theavantgartist.com/the-nittygritty/2018/1/29/the-nitty-gritty-on-humble-ceramics










Mar 25, 2018

General Store is growing!


General Store is spreading its wings! As if orchestrated, both California locations have expanded their footprint and have opened within days of each other! San Francisco has a second location, and the Venice location just doubled in size by taking over the space next door which means twice the goodies to choose from! Venice will have more vintage clothes and the second northern California location will focus on the Home/Lifestyle aspect ...
Come by and check them out!

  • Los Angeles
  • 1801 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
  • San Francisco - ORIGINAL
  • 4035 Judah St. San Francisco, CA 94122
  • San Francisco - NEW
  • 3928 Irving Street. San Francisco, CA 94122
https://shop-generalstore.com/

Mar 21, 2018

Hello Seattle! We are now at STOCK and PANTRY!


313 E Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122
Monday - by Appointment
Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 7pm
Sunday Noon - 5pm
HOME • LIFE • STYLE

We are so so proud to be in the exquisite new Seattle store STOCK & PANTRY.  Can you spot us in the window? Thanks Sasha! Love love loooove your aesthetic!

Mar 12, 2018

Coffee, Cycling and Conversation at CAPTAIN + STOCKER




If you love cycling, coffee and connecting with other like-minded people ... Captain + Stocker is the place for you. We are delighted to have our tumblers used in this new Monterey hotspot. Petersen & Wendy Conway fell in love with this concept while travelling abroad and wanted to bring the experience back home.

Named for the positions on a tandem bicycle, owners Wendy and Peterson Conway's vision is to promote connection and conviviality in our tech-fragmented world, and to provide really great coffee served by nice, humble baristas! To that end they're recreating their warm Carmel Valley farmhouse kitchen at 398 Franklin St. and roasting some very special Australian-influenced coffee to be enjoyed at communal tables. They also serve baked goods made with seasonal ingredients fresh from their own farm and wheat from Peter's grandfather. - Via Edible's Instragram
You can read an awesome article on the Conways in Edible Magazine

398 E Franklin Street
Monterey, California 93940
Monday – Sat | 6:30 – 2 pm
https://www.captainandstoker.com/


Mar 9, 2018

Somni at SLS Beverly Hills


SOMNI is a unique dining concept from @chefjoseandres and @thinkfoodgroup Culinary Director @aithor_zabala | #somnirestaurant somni.tocktix.com

Lodged in the back of SLS Beverly Hills, Somni, a new high-end 10-seat restaurant, is now where SAAM used to be.   The dining experience will make you feel like you are seeing inside Chef Aithor Zabala's creative mind and that you are eating a piece of his art! On the first of the month, you can buy tickets for the following month ..  reservations on Tock. There are two seatings nightly, one at 6 p.m. and another at 8:30 p.m., with three wine pairings ranging from $175 and up to $500 per person. The juice pairing costs $75 a person. We are proud to have a few of our pieces used for this unique concept. Congratulations Aithor and the whole team!

SOMNI @ SLS Hotel - Beverly Hills
465 S. La Cienega Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90048