Category Archives: Pottery

Yukari Kashihara

Admiring the porcelain and wheel-thrown pottery of ceramist Yukari Kashihara.  The artist was born in Osaka, Japan and from a very young age began her art journey by drawing, sketching and crafting.  In 2003 she received a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Yukari’s pottery is made from a high-fired porcelain clay and decorated with hand-painted colors.  Her work is delicate and whimsical, inspired by her love of nature. On Marshall News she says this about her work:  

“I try to focus on positiveness,” she said. “If I want to be happy, I should focus on all things positive. If I’m looking at a pothole, that’s where I’ll end up.”

“You make a beautiful bowl, but if you want to go beyond it, you’ve got to break the bowl. You’ve got to cut into it. Do something about it. Don’t just leave it a perfect bowl.’ That’s where this started,” she said, gesturing to the side of the gallery where her master’s project work was displayed.

The artist can be followed here on her website.

Images:  Courtesy of Yukari Kashihara.

Ail + El

Aileen Balfe is the homeware designer of Ail + El in Dublin.  She made her first concrete pots for succulent plants in 2013 and started to sell them at craft fairs.  In 2014 she made it her official business along with her friend, Eleanor McCaughey.  Her partner’s background is fine art and has since concentrated on painting leaving Aileen to continue to run the business alone.  On Garden of Poets she say this about her inspiration: 

“I like to seek out inspiration from wandering around Dublin. I like to look at contemporary architecture, graffiti, and street art. I’m also a big fan of Pinterest!”

You can follow this contemporary Irish homeware brand on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Ail + El.

Jarjour Pottery


Pennsylvania-based Bashar and Roula Jarjour are the owners and creators at Jarjour Pottery.  They specialize in ceramics and pottery producing an extensive range of functional and decorative vessels.  While Bashar seeks perfection in each form Roula focuses on the finishes of each item.   Together they arrive at a line of uniquely attractive pieces.

You can view more of their work on Facebook and Instagram.  Some of their work can be purchased in their Etsy shop.

Images:  Courtesy of Jarjour Pottery.