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How to Print Inside of Pots

How to Print Inside of Pots

If you ever wondered how factories print onto the insides of ceramic bowls and pots, wonder no longer. This video posted by Engineerflex shows off the ingenious but silly-looking process. Turn on the audio for appropriate sound effects. Need more? YouTube has a bunch of videos of these ceramic pad printing machines.

Broken Plate Vending Machine

Broken Plate Vending Machine

FudouKamui, a student from China’s Xi’an Academy of Fine Art created this vending machine that drops delicate china from its racks onto an unpadded shelf, shattering them on impact. The name of the installation translates to “This Is the Proof of Our Stupidity.” Also, each plate has a different price despite being identical.

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Creepy Crawly Salad Plates

Creepy Crawly Salad Plates
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Celebrate Halloween with these spooky salad plates from PATCH NYC and Crate & Barrel. Each glazed porcelain plate features a black and white woodcut design against a high-contrast color scheme. The set of 8″ plates includes scary skull, kooky kitty, crazy crow, and batty bat designs. Also: creepy old fashioned glasses.

Power Rangers Geeki Tikis

Power Rangers Geeki Tikis
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Go! Go! Power Rangers!.. and fix yourself a tropical cocktail while you’re at it. These ceramic Geeki Tikis mugs come in five Power Ranger colors and are perfect for sipping drinks poolside while you dream of taking a dip with your Dinozord pool float. Each tiki holds 16 oz., and is microwave-safe and top-shelf dishwasher-safe.

Swatch Bio-Ceramic Watches

Swatch Bio-Ceramic Watches
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Swatch presents a unique series of wristwatches that meld ceramics and bio-sourced plastics, resulting in a smooth and resilient case. The first watches in the series feature a perfectly matched case and strap color, and a see-through face that exposes their mechanisms. Available in white, black, blue, grey, and pink.

Octopus Sake Set

Octopus Sake Set
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Pairing sake with sushi is eight times better with this swimmingly fine sake set. Artist Kim Rody converts her marine paintings onto fine porcelain tableware such as this 5-piece, 8-legged charmer based on her original painting “Out of the Blue Octopus.” Confession – we can’t resist serving calamari on the matching platter.

Gothic Tea Party Set

Gothic Tea Party Set
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This gothic serving set pours on the charm with tea for four. Portland’s Angioletti Designs kiln-fires porcelain fine china with Victorian, baroque, and rococo images, including this moody black-and-gold set that invites a bat, cat, eye, and crow to the tea party. Foodsafe, durable, and wear-resistant with hand-washing care.

pgd Blue Wave Bowl

pgd Blue Wave Bowl
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Ceramics artist Patricia Darden creates beautiful and substantial hand-thrown functional pottery in her Norfolk, Virginia studio. We really love this 11″ bowl with its two-toned speckled glaze and an undulating blue wave pattern running through its middle.

Memento Mori Skull Cups

Memento Mori Skull Cups

Ceramics artist Trevor Foster created this collection of cups which are designed as a reminder to live life to the fullest. The skull-shaped stoneware cups will come in espresso, tea cup, coffee cup, and mug styles, and can be finished in a variety of glazes, from a deep red iron oxide to pleasant pastels.

Making Elegant Ceramic Plates

Making Elegant Ceramic Plates

Ceramicist Jono Pandolfi’s studio creates exquisite dinnerware that has made its way into some of the most exclusive restaurants in the world. In this clip from Eater’s series Handmade, go inside his workshop to see how they transform clay into modern and minimal stoneware that we’d love to have on our dining table.

Google Morphing Clay

Google Morphing Clay

FutureDeluxe shows off a cool project that was on display during the Google China Developer Days – an interactive display which allows people to create unique ceramic vessels simply by moving their bodies. Each virtual work of art changes shape as the person in front of the camera changes poses. More here.

Zoetrope Pottery

Zoetrope Pottery

Artist Kenny Sing of Turn Studio first mapped out a series of geometric patterns on his computer, then carefully cut them out from a ceramic bowl before firing it. Once completed, spinning the piece on a potter’s wheel creates the illusion of movement.

Making Mexican Glazed Pottery

Making Mexican Glazed Pottery

A look at how raw clay is pulled from the earth and transformed by hand into beautiful and intricate sculptures by artisans in Michoacan, Mexico. It’s a wonderful, all too brief look into artistic traditions from Mariano Rentería’s fantastic Mexican Handcraft Masters series.

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Ceramic Computer Planter

Ceramic Computer Planter
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Artist Wyatt Little presents a truly unique way to cultivate a houseplant. This handmade, rust-colored ceramic vessel looks like an old-school desktop computer and monitor. Measures 8″(l) x 7.5″(w) x 9″(h). We suppose you could attempt the same with an actual computer case.

Stormtrooper Espresso Mugs

Stormtrooper Espresso Mugs
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Assuming these ceramic espresso mugs don’t miss shots the way that stormtroopers do in the Star Wars flicks, we’d love a set for serving up a quick caffeine fix. These officially-licensed 2.7 oz. cups are sold in sets of two, so you can toast a friend, or enjoy a double shot for yourself.

Analog 3D Printer

Analog 3D Printer

In a way, all 3D printers are partially analog, as motors move them along their X, Y and Z axes. But artist Daniel DeBruin’s unique creation works without motors or electricity to layer primitive pottery using weights and gravity to drive its mechanism.

Precision Painting Ceramics

Precision Painting Ceramics

Video of the incrediblly steady hand of an artist from Japanese tableware company Kutani Choemon, as they embellish a ceramic dish with delicate linework, and floods of colored glaze that we were convinced would spill out of the lines, but miraculously don’t.

Ceramic Whiskey Tumblers

Ceramic Whiskey Tumblers
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This duo of vitrified stoneware tumblers are perfect for sipping bourbon, scotch, or other spirits, and look great doing it. Each one is hand-thrown by Mazama’s Portland clay studio, and is food, microwave, and dishwasher safe.

Potter’s Wheel POV

Potter’s Wheel POV

Ceramicist Eric Landon and Tortus Copenhagen give us a new perspective on throwing clay, by mounting their camera directly on a potter’s wheel, letting us see a work this work of art come together from the clay’s point of view.

Animal Shot Glasses

Animal Shot Glasses
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Modern style is getting even wilder with these polygonal 3D animal shot glasses. They’re made of ceramic and are offered in five different styles and two colors. Pewter provides weight so that they can stand cup side down or on their heads.

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Inflatable Ceramics

Inflatable Ceramics

Brett Kern creates incredible sculptures that look like Mylar balloons, but are made from glazed ceramics. While reminiscent of Jeff Koons’ work, Kern’s offer far greater craftsmanship. A limited number of pieces can be found in his Etsy shop.

Porcelainia

Porcelainia

76-year old artist Bobby Jaber is a retired chemistry and physics teacher. He creates mesmerizing sculptures inspired by science and mathematics. Be sure to stick to the very end for a funny scene. Filmed by Dave Altizer.

Steep Tea Mug

Steep Tea Mug

Designed by Canister, Steep is a ceramic tea mug with two compartments. The top part carries up to 16oz of liquid, while the bottom part can be used to store used tea bags. It also comes with a screw-top lid.

Gun Wall Sconces

Gun Wall Sconces
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Looking for some wall lamps to go along with your gun table lamps? These deadly sconces by ceramicist Ryan Weigner of Loaded Objects should do the trick. Also available: an AK-47 floor lamp.

Lex, Seth and Carrie Canisters

Lex, Seth and Carrie Canisters
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Lex, Seth & Carrie, the evil tea, sugar and coffee storage jars from Thabto, are designed with an evil glint in their eyes to tell you what’s inside; their heads have room to fit the handle of a spoon.

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