We’ve Got A Soft Spot For
Minimalist Ceramics

Since moving into my new apartment earlier this spring, I’ve been on the lookout for some beautiful ceramics to add to my kitchen cabinet. (I’ve found that my morning coffee almost tastes better depending on the mug it’s in!) I love supporting local, women artists who bring their own unique perspective and cultural backgrounds to their work. Below are seven woman ceramicists whose work will surely brighten up your home.

1. Meha Ceramics

Artist | April Nickel

Meha Ceramics is a collection of thoughtfully-made pieces created by April Nickel. April draws upon Native American, Mexican, and Indian pottery as inspiration for much of her work. Her hand-painted incense burners, palo santo holders, mugs, and vases are earthy and feel rich with culture and symbolism. These ceramics will not only be a beautiful addition to your home, but a meaningful one.

2. Uno + Ichi

Artists | Joanna Lee & Hana Ward

Uno + Ichi is an LA-based ceramics studio run by Joana Lee and Hana Ward. The two create incredibly unique and fun pieces in their West Adams studio. Their handmade mugs with faces painted on them and adorable fridge magnets (two of which are in my shopping cart as we speak!) have an undeniably homey quality to them. A quick scroll through their website is sure to leave your heart feeling warm and overjoyed.


3. Heo Ceramics

Artist | Karen Tong

Heo Ceramics is a Los Angeles-based collection run by artist Karen Tong. Tong’s work is inspired by many diverse sources including Bauhaus architecture, Pee-Wee Herman pop, Southeast Asian design, and Southwestern desert forms. The simplicity of her work combined with bright colors makes for an incredibly unique addition to your ceramics collection. Karen’s online shop launches later this summer, so keep your eye on her Instagram for updates!


4. Summer School Shop

Artist | Karen D’Ambrosi

Summer School Shop is a ceramic homewares shop based in Richmond, VA, run by Karen D’Ambrosi. Karen’s shop is full of dreamy household essentials, including abstract candle-holders and these leopard print mugs. These pieces are perfect for the minimalist looking to add a little bit of soft funkiness to their home.


5. SIN

Artist | Virginia Sin

SIN is a woman-run ceramic brand, founded by multidisciplinary artist Virginia Sin in Brooklyn, NYC. SIN’s ceramic homewares are both functional and stunning. The team has a unique way of turning objects like fruit bowls, wall hooks, and other usually-mundane household necessities into works of art. A piece from SIN will have you effortlessly wowing your dinner party guests.


6. Alyssa M Julian

Artist | Alyssa M Julian

Of course, we have to include our very own Alyssa Julian. When she’s not cultivating community on The Good Trade social media platforms, you can find her spinning clay in her Los Angeles studio. Made in small-batches and promoting sustainability, we’re big fans of these stunning commuter cups.


7. Mimi Ceramics

Artist | Mica DeMarquez

Mimi Ceramics is a Portland-based ceramics brand run by Mica DeMarquez. Her hand-thrown ceramics are just as playful as they are functional, incorporating fun colors and shapes. Mica’s mugs, plates, and creamers will definitely add a little element of spice to your kitchen cabinet.


8. Rachel Saunders Ceramics

Artist | Rachel Saunders

Rachel Saunders is a multidisciplinary artist creating both wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics on Vancouver Island. Rachel’s work is subtle yet bold at the same time. A crowd (and personal) favorite is the Woman Vase, each designed with a unique shape, resembling the diversity of each woman’s body.


9. Rex Design

Artist | Catherine Rex

Rex Design is a mixed media collection run by artist Catherine Rex. Her work draws on the female experience and is also inspired by various Californian landscapes. Catherine’s lifestyle of living on a sailboat with her partner shows up in the overall softness and peacefulness of her pieces. If you’re looking for stunning ceramic pieces that inspire slower living, check out Catherine’s work.


Celeste M. Scott is the Social Media Coordinator at The Good Trade. She is a writer and photographer who is passionate about film and Internet culture. She can often be found sifting through the racks at her local Savers. You can find her work on her website and Instagram.