Gift pick No. 5: Humble Ceramics’ cazuelas
For an artist who calls her studio Humble Ceramics, it’s fitting that Delphine Lippens reduces all of her work to circles and rectangles -- a minimalist binary of O’s and I’s, she says, simple and clean forms that nevertheless have a complex beauty.
Last year we were drawn to her cork-lidded containers. This year we’re all about her cazuelas and cazuelitas, which are something between dishes and bowls. Beyond the practical uses for such a piece, there is the lovely presence of the hand: Lippens fires up each piece at 2340 degrees to achieve the proper finish, leaving tiny air bubbles and warps as hints of their artist origins.
The cazuelitas are $30 to $40, and the larger cazuelas are $75 to $90. They are pictured here with Lippens’ Enoki bowls, $40 to $45. Humble Ceramics is sold through Farmshop in Santa Monica, General Store in Venice and San Francisco, Poketo in downtown L.A., Twig & Twine in Silver Lake and the just-opened Primary Essentials in Brooklyn.
Lippens will be among 50 artists represented at the Xiem Clay Center’s fall sale. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16. The address is 1563 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, www.xiemclaycenter.com.