Pottery is more than an emerging market or au courant hobby, however; amid our can’t-stop-won’t-stop tech-addicted culture, it connects us to the earth when the world might as well be coming undone.
In the past few years, pottery has crept out of the knickknack shop and into the realm of fashion. Clay’s chic status is believed to have been made official in 2013, when Steven Alan began carrying the work of young potters at his home-goods store. Rachel Comey held a ceramics bazaar at her New York shop shortly thereafter, and designer Paloma Wool commissioned original works by young potters to sell on her website—along with clothing made from ceramic-inspired fabric—for The Vase Project. The craze for earthenware has made a mark on Instagram, too, where artisans like Lindsey Hampton, Helen Levi, and Natalie Weinberger boast followings rivaling those of any It girl (although, speaking of which, even Emily Ratajkowski has recently posted herself elbow deep in clay). Young creatives, who in another era might have gone to work at fashion houses, are pursuing careers to do with kilns, and more and more of the sort of with-it women who practice yoga at Sky Ting and dine at Dimes (itself a showcase for creative clay) are signing up for after-work or weekend classes. “Everyone’s a potter these days!” laughs superstar ceramicist Amanda Moffat. “It’s great.” Read more about at Vogue.com