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Generation Z is done with Ikea: edgy pottery and bold ceramics from Loewe, Bottega Veneta and Henry Holland follow the personality-driven trend toward homewares that truly say “home.”

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“In recent years we have seen a significant increase in sales of decorative household goods. “Our customers are looking for interesting, unique items that complement their fashion aesthetic,” explains Libby Page, market manager at Net-a-Porter.

“For example, Anissa Kermiche's ceramic jugs and vases inspired by the feminine form are among the best-performing products in our lifestyle category. Since its launch in late 2021, there have been multiple restocks and sales of thousands of units,” she says.

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Interestingly, Kermiche, a jewelry designer, never intended to design a ceramic line. She made her first body-inspired pitcher for herself, and only after friends and family begged her for years to make more did she launch a full-fledged line.

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It's easy to see why they were a hit. Each of her creations glorifies women's curves, bumps and bumps (particularly celebrated in her cheekily named “Breast Friend” vase). Her body-hugging aesthetic and bold looks have made her a winner among homeware fans looking to make a statement.

Many of Adrien Miller's works feature one or more faces

Adrien Miller from Seattle is another artist whose creations reinterpret the human form. His full-figure sculptures – some double as vases – are often decorated with rainbow-colored marbling to give them a bold look. His surrealist bowls with interior decoration are also a must-see and include creations like the Yin-Yang Love Bowl: two faces on opposite sides, symbolizing their minds meeting in the middle, as if in silent communication with one another.

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What unites many of these designers is the fact that their creations blur the lines between art and function, as seen in the work of pastry chef and artist Alma Berrow, who began spending time in her mother's ceramics studio during the coronavirus lockdown .

Ceramic artist Alma Berrow

Soon she was setting fire to everyday objects, adding her own dark humor to them. Ashtrays are littered with rotten lemons, discarded tea bags and used matches. Dirty plates are decorated with used cotton swabs, clipped fingernails, half-used toothpaste tubes and condom wrappers. Even something as common as a backgammon board is covered in red and white pills, while a Bible is covered in a white powdery substance that leaves much to the imagination.

“My primary muse is humanity and our complex social connections, encapsulated in small moments immortalized through ceramics. “While I embed my personal messages into my creations, it is the narratives that others discover that truly fascinate me – rich stories from their own lives woven into the fabric of my work,” says Berrow, whose fans include Supermodel Kate Moss.
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Berrow says her creations navigate the delicate balance between light and darkness, appealing to both the adult and the inner child in every person. “The appeal is further enhanced by elements of nostalgia and storytelling woven into my work,” she says.

French artist Laetitia Rouget is another talent whose objects have an individual flair and personality. For example, their handmade candle holders – each one has its own character, be it Eve, elephants, horses or even a female version of Santa Claus.

Laetitia Rouget adds whimsical messages to many of her pieces

It seems that the demand for ceramics is not going to slow down any time soon. It has become so popular that even luxury fashion brands such as Henry Holland, Bottega Veneta and Loewe have started releasing exclusive ceramic objects that align with their vision of promoting artisanal craftsmanship. Bottega Veneta, for example, has launched a line of decorative trays handcrafted from Venetian clay and finished with a striking volcanic glaze.

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Because of their remarkable mix of artistry and skill, there is no doubt that many of these ceramic pieces will be as desirable as works of art in the future.

“The skill and craftsmanship involved in producing ceramic artworks are important factors that can contribute to investment value. Pieces that exhibit exquisite technical skill and a unique aesthetic are more likely to be appreciated in the long term,” says Page.