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The Everything Guide to Urban Claymaking


Josephine Heilpern
28, @josephinenoel
Heilpern, who works part-time at a print studio, creates mugs that bear traces of the Memphis Group (Italian designers who played with bright geometries in the ’80s). She’s also big on texture. “I dip my handles in yellow rubber, and I leave the rims of my cups unglazed—I like the roughness on my lips.” From $28 at Mociun, recreation­

Cody Hoyt
33, @codyhoyt
A trained painter, Hoyt decided about two years ago that some of his ideas “just didn’t fit in two dimensions.” The marble effect of his vessels comes from combining different wet clays, then cutting slabs with wire and reassembling them “like a puzzle.” From $150 at Mociun, the Primary Essentials, Unis.

Pegah Shahghasemi
36, @kuzehpottery
Shahghasemi, a full-time graphic designer, founded Kuzeh Pottery two years ago, building her collection while studying at Mugi Pottery on 109th and Amsterdam. Her blue Sindukht mug is named after a female character from “The Persian Book of Kings.” From $8 at the monthly Sugar Hill Market.

Shino Takeda
38, @shinotakeda
Takeda splits her time between the Togei Kyoshitsu studio in midtown and Clay Space 1205, where she and ceramicist Romy Northover collaborate on a tabletop line called Katakana NY. Because she pinches clay instead of using the potter’s wheel, her cups and spoons are distinctively blobby and wobbly. From $18 at Greenhouse & Co.,, Mociun, Nightwood, Steven Alan Home.

Cassie Griffin
28, @cassiepizza
Three years ago, Griffin recalls, “a friend suggested I check out clay, since I’m a Taurus, and that’s an Earth sign.” Now she waitresses part-time and sells her one-of-a-kind vases at Dimes (143 Division St.), the New Age–y restaurant and hang spot in East Chinatown. From $90 at Dimes.

Demetria Chappo
36, @demedemedeme
This Baton Rouge native often uses a shiny, metallic glaze, rubbed and rolled with crocheted lace, for a sea-urchin-like texture; her jewelry dishes employ a process called ­sgraffito—paint etched away with a sharp tool to reveal the clay underneath. From $34 at, West Elm.

Stepanka Horalkova
A native of the Czech Republic, Horalkova loves the English alphabet: “I stamp letters in wet clay, let them dry, and rub stains into the grooves,” she says. She’s been a studio manager at the Teachers College ceramics studio at Columbia since 2005. From $35 at Domus Unaffected Living, West Elm.


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