Our (ever-growing) list of Black-owned businesses has no shortage of homeware stores and makers to shop. To better spotlight some of the many things these companies offer, we picked through their inventories in search of ceramics that can instantly freshen up any room in your home while also serving as functional décor. From minimal vases for your bodega flowers to handmade trays for displaying knickknacks to cheery mugs that’ll add some joy to your morning coffee (or tea) routine, read on for our favorite ceramic pieces from Black-owned businesses. (A note that while not all are made by Black artisans, all are sold by Black-owned entities.)
Goodee, an online shop founded by twins Byron and Dexter Peart, focuses on curating products from sustainably minded artisans and brands. Among them is this four-legged anthropomorphic tray designed by Sebastian Herkner for Ames. According to Goodee, the tray — which comes in both black and red finishes — is handcrafted in Colombia’s Tolima region and is inspired by the pottery exhibits at Bogotá’s Museo de Oro.
Skagerak, which is also carried by Goodee, specializes in clean, minimal Scandanivian design. The shop stocks a collection of pieces from the brand, including this terra-cotta Edge Pot that Goodee says will “inject a touch of warm, earthy design into your home’s interior.” A bit more geometric than your standard terra-cotta pot, we think it’ll provide a more distinguished home for your favorite plant.
Speaking of unexpected shapes, if you’re looking for a vase that breaks the norm, this brightly patterned chubby-ish number from home-goods line Jungalow is as eye-catching without flowers as it would be with some peeking out of the top. (Though if you do want to add some, Jungalow says the vase is best for displaying dried or faux flowers instead of freshly cut stems.) The company, founded by Justina Blakeney, stocks pieces she makes herself as well as “creative, colorful, modern goods from around the globe,” according to its website.
Founded by Shannon Maldonado, Yowie, a boutique based in her native Philadelphia, has a wide range of ceramics to choose from. One of them is this tongue-in-cheek planter from London-based ceramicist Louise Madzia, which kind of reminds us of the (still) sought-after bath mats from Group Partner. Madzia makes her pieces using the slab-build method, a process in which the artist molds pieces by hand using slabs of smooth clay.
Also from Yowie, this cheery speckled coffee mug reminds us a lot of the ’80s-inspired splatterware pieces we (and Etsy trend forecasters) have seen taking over kitchens, living rooms, and beyond. It’s made by the self-taught ceramicist Kenni Field, who also hails from Philadelphia. Because it’s handmade, the shop recommends you stick to handwashing the mug instead of running it through the dishwasher.
Interior designer Marie Burgos’s MB Collection stocks a wide selection of home goods, from lighting to furniture to accents like this pill-shaped vase with a slightly textured exterior that catches the eye without overcomplicating its simple design. In white, it will surely make whatever flowers you add pop.
This adorable kangaroo planter comes from Peace & Riot, a Bedford-Stuyvesant–based boutique founded by interior designer Achuziam Maha-Sanchez and her husband Lionel Sanchez. In addition to housing succulents or other small plants, the shop owners note this can make a delightfully unexpected storage vessel for new parents. “Fill the back with burping cloths,” they write, and “use the front opening for a fun collection of pacifiers, baby sunglasses, and other small necessities.”
These simple, single-stem bud vases from L.A.–based Effortless Composition, a home-goods shop founded by interiors stylist Brittiny Terry, do not look like they cost less than $10 a piece. They’re also small enough that even the most space-starved person can make room for them on a table or shelf. Their size — and the fact that you get two for less than $20 — also makes them highly giftable.
Another piece that looks more expensive than it is, this two-tone stoneware vase from Effortless Composition may be one of the most unusually shaped vessels we’ve seen. Call it blobby, call it pot-bellied, call it bulbous — whatever it is, it stands out.
This peace-sign–shaped vase from Jungalow is designed by Blakeney herself. It comes in eight bright colors and will add a groovy touch to an entryway table or bookshelf — with or without flowers.
An actual work of art, this foot-tall stoneware sculpture by artist and activist Malene Barnett is handmade and one of a kind. (As are all her ceramic pieces, which can go for several thousands of dollars.) The Brooklyn-based Barnett is the founder of the Black Artists + Designers Guild, a collective of independent Black creatives, and has shown her works at galleries and museums across the country.
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