Wednesday, September 23, 2020

14Karat Gold Elegant Everyday Ceramics by Hope and Mary

Hope is a ceramist who grew up in Hockessin, DE a tiny suburb in the country and currently lives in Chattanooga. She studied Anthropology and earned a certification in teaching Art Education at the University of Colorado. It was during this time she fell in love with ceramics and paintings which provided her with a way to explore beauty in simplicity and function.

She makes vases, butter dishes, bowls, plates and more. Each piece is handmade by Hope using a Korean technique called 'mishima'. It's technique where each intricate design is hand drawn onto the surface of the clay with a hard, sharp tool and covered with contrasting color. Once the slip is completely dry, the excess is wiped away revealing the finished image. 

You can find the stockists of her work here and the pieces available for purchase on her website Hope and Mary.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lampshades And Cushions Collection by Fab Funky


Kelly Stevens-McLaughlan is a full-time artist who is presently living and working from the south coast of the UK. She is a huge animal lover which gets reflected in her work. Her brand Fab Funky offers cushions and lamps featuring whimsical illustrations of animals and other natural elements based on artist's original illustrations. Owls, lions, toucans, leopards, rabbits, foxes, badgers and squirrels motifs  are perfect to add a little character to any corner of the house.

The collection of lampshades are handcrafted in her workshop in Lincolnshire UK. The hand rolled edges and the elegant illustrations make the lampshades an instant luxurious statement piece.

The cushions are handmade using natural materials such as cotton and linen, and are printed with beautiful designs. Each cushion is finished with coordinated piping and a discreet zipper for easy removal. 

Kelley has shown her work in several galleries and has designed for some of the leading interior designers all over the world. Her work is sought after by the art enthusiasts for their private collection.

You can find her entire lampshade collection and cushions on themes such nautical, botanical, city prints, landmarks, tropical and more in her online store.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Steampunk Style Metal Sculptures by Andrey Of Forged Commodities

Forged Commodities is an online store that offers metal sculptures made by Andrey. The artist hand-makes life-size animal sculptures inspired by steampunk style. He has made a range of animals including owls, chameleons, beetles, iguanas, grasshoppers, ravens, rabbits etc. Each sculpture is handmade using a combination of traditional blacksmith techniques and modern methods to produce unique pieces of art. Once iron has reached a temperature at which it can be shaped, the artist hammers it by hand rendering into beautiful flowing forms.

You can view more of his work including mail boxes, door handles, candle holders, house number signs and more in his online store.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Artist Makes Realistic Owl Sculptures With Wood And Clay

Saša Montiljo is an artist and a painter born in 1978 Belgrade, Serbia. After graduating from Graphics High School, he learned to paint with professor Aleksandar Luković Lukijan. Besides painting he creates realistic sculptures out of wood and clay. He often depicts wolves, lions, moths, hyenas and other animals in his work but owls are a recurring theme. It started when the artist saw an owl sculpture made out of firewood, ever since whenever he sees firewood he sees owls. He carefully picks up a piece of wood that resembles his subject and sculpts onto it giving it feathers, beak, ears etc. before painting on the details.

"I have always been fascinated by nature’s predators. The intelligence they possess causes me to think of them as creatures very similar to humans. And isn’t man part-beast himself? It may be that only if we were to look at ourselves realistically that we could change and become better. Owls are the only species of birds whose eyes are set directly in the plane of its face, like human eyes are, and since my visual poetics seldom feature humans, it may be that the owls are there to take their place." via

He has participated in several solo exhibitions and is a member of the Association of Applied Arts Artists and Designers of Serbia.

 You can visit his website to view his paintings and more his sculptures.