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10 beautiful handmade ceramics

Ceramics_LeifShop I’ve always admired ceramics. The love for ceramics making and clay crafting goes back to my high school years when I majored in art and experimented with all sorts of materials and color effects. I still remember the terracotta clay in my hands, this cool, humid, yet smooth substance pressing between the fingers forming an object, later getting fired in the kiln and glazed as final touch. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow education in the different ceramics making techniques, such as wheel throwing, slipcasting and handbuilding. Also, all glazing methods are unfamiliar to me. I mean the most common and easy one to do at home is of course handbuilding and painting the surface, which I regularly practice at home. However, wheel throwing and slipcasting I’ve never tried, yet would love to learn from a professional one day. Anyways, we are getting a bit off topic.

Today, I would like to round up a few of my favorite inspiring handmade ceramics, each with a different personality developed by their makers. Hopefully, they inspire you as much as they do for me. Here are 10 beautiful handmade ceramics that I adore right now and want to have on my kitchen table decoration for the next dinner party. Besides, for more inspiration have a look here.

Ceramics_BenFiess 1. Same as in the first picture, these beautiful, unique pieces are made by talented Ben Fiess and can be bought on LeifShop. Pastel coloring – I love!

Ceramics_TerttullaCermics 2. I love the combination of these beige and mustard colored ceramics from Sara Söderberg, a Stockholm based artist, whose online shop is coming soon. You can follow Sara’s inspiring work here.


3. Always an eye catcher, cause of its unique and oriental pattering. Ceramics from BungalowDK, to shop via Wunderschön-gemacht.

Lenneke Wispelween 4. Very high on my wishlist are the designs inspired by geometric shapes from Lenneke Wispelwey. There is no way one does not admire all of her pieces. My absolute favorite. You can shop them here.

Romyno 5. Metallic / golden accentuated ceramic cups with watercolor effect glazing – yes please! Find more beautiful ceramics from Romyno here.

Ceramics_SuiteOneStudio 6. Yes, I love uneven serving plates and jewelry dishes with golden rims and watercolor effect coloring. I mean who does not people? Tell me one person and I personally make sure he or she changes mind immediately, cause this is the most elegant porcelain that lifts up your table top decor in seconds. Suite One Studio is doing an amazing job.

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset 7. Anna from Arrow + Sage makes these lovely ceramics, also with golden accents. She was on Etsy previously, but recently opened her own, real webshop. Check it out. It’s really beautiful. You can follow Anna for inspiration on Pinterest.


8. You can get your entire ceramics set including plates, cups, vases and more from Amy Hamley’s handmade RedravenStudios Collection. All of her work is slip cast in English porcelain from handmade molds, and many pieces are finished with 14k gold and platinum luster. Yes, ladies you heard right – 14k gold!

Ebenotti 9. The drawings are created by carving into the clay and washing over with a black stain, then wiping off the excess to reveal the original line. The decorative color is also hand-painted on before the final firing. Wow! This already gives an indication how many steps are included in the process of producing these lovely planters from Elizabeth Benotti.

Ceramics_AnnaWesterlund 10. The cherry on top – Anna Westerlund. What a talented woman and how inspirational are her ceramics. I love the combination of porcelain with fabric and neon accents. You can find more pieces on Anna’s moodboards here.

What are your favorite ceramic pieces at the moment? Any of those above that you admire as well? 

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Spring DIY – Flower Art

My favorite Home_Mahalolena Happy Sunday my dear friends. Did you enjoy your weekend so far? Here, it is raining and grey. Apparently it will even snow. Therefore, I want to brighten up your day with a very simple DIY that takes, when having all materials probably 10 minutes. Just the preparation requires some patience. I’m going to share with you a lovely spring DIY with dried flowers to create your own flower art. I was inspired by vtwonen and the idea from Esther, who lives in this beautiful home that you can partly see here on those images. I hope I can share the full home tour with you soon. It’s really such a great home and a second hand walhalla. Yeah you heard right. Esther’s home is a handmade home. If you have the last 101Woonideeen at home, take a peek on page 41.

Back to the crafting project. Here is what you need:

  • any flowers (mixing wild flowers with hortensias I like the most)
  • colored cardboard
  • glue
  • scissors
  • books and something heavy to put onto the books

Here is how it works:

  • drying your flowers (this takes a few days, so be patient)
  • place your flowers in between books and put weights on top, so the flowers get pressed and all fluids sucked out by the paper)
  • when dried, glue the flowers onto any kind of paper, for example colored cardboard

My favorite Home_Mahalolena_1 Dry Flowers_Mahalolena Glue Flowers_Mahalolena I quickly put a moodboard together with my flower art that I created already a while ago for another project. It was really simple and done quickly. Thus, not as pretty as the one from Esther. I wanted to show you that you can also do it as a small version for your night table or shelf decoration. If you make several in different sizes and in different frames, you can decorate a part of your wall in your livingroom. It will look gorgeous.

Do you like this idea of pressing flowers? I was already a fan of it when I was a little girl. My parents gave me a flower press as a gift, which I must have lost somehow over the years. I wish I still had it. It was such a cool thing. You could press several flowers on different layers and the top and bottom were connected with screws which you tightened up. After a few days the flowers were perfectly pressed. Maybe I should buy one again for the upcoming spring season.

Spring DIY_Dried Flowers_Mahalolena Source: vtwonen | Lena for Mahalolena | Style.life)

Christmas Decoration Ideas: Small Spaces

Alternative Christmas Decor3 Alternative Christmas Decor1 Happy 3rd Advent my dear readers. I have been busy decorating my home during the last 2 weeks or so. What I did and how it looks, I’m sure you are desperate to know. Good for you, cause today I’m sharing with you my Christmas Decoration Ideas for the home, especially for small spaces, with you. Probably you remember my last post about Christmas Decoration Trends 2014. As you might have noticed, I interpreted this year’s Christmas as an explosion of colored party confetti, golden glitter and lametta fun.

To find the right material for my decoration extravaganza, I went to Flavoriteslive, a market where you can shop live at famous online shops in the Netherlands. It was great. There I discovered Engelpunt where I bought these beautiful paper snow flakes. They go perfectly with my alternative christmas tree, I figured. Psst: You can follow Engelpunt on Facebook and on Pinterest to see more products.

Back to the snowflakes. They work like honeycombs, but look even more gorgeous, especially as part of my christmas decoration. Speaking of that, I’ll show you how I used the paper snowflakes, clay ornaments, christmas balls and shininess for my sensational ‘hanging christmas tree’, which is the perfect solution for small spaces (and people who don’t like slowly dying real christmas trees like I do).

Read here for the real Christmas blowout and a new clay ornaments DIY Ho ho ho

Alternative_Christmas_Decor_4.jpg SnowFlakes1 Alternative Christmas Decor2 You can hang this alternative christmas tree, as I call it, against the wall or the window. I eventually decided for the window, cause then the decoration can nicely hang in the air. Oh I forgot to mention that if you hang this construction, preferably do not ask your boyfriend, unless he is not clumsy. If you do have a clumsy boyfriend at home, well then good luck. My beautifully crafted Christmas decoration came down before I could even take the next breath. I asked whether I can go away, so he could place the 2nd nail. The moment I stepped away I only saw it crashing down, which made me break out in tears. After confessing that he didn’t pay attention in this particular, very important second, I calmed down and started practically all over again. Okay, it took me just a few minutes. But hey, I had to make my point, right – drama baby. Hopefully, he doesn’t read this.

Anyways, finally there it is, hanging, in its fullest splendour. Do you like it? It’s pretty simple to make. Just grab a branch from the garden and hang everything that represents your personal Christmas mood on it. Even though, hanging it up might be the most difficult part, yet it is also the most fun part, cause once it’s up there, it looks fabulous.
Xmas Clay Ornaments_5 For this lovely Xmas Clay Ornaments DIY you need:

How to:

  1. roll out the clay
  2. stamp out clay with a round shape (cookie cutter)
  3. stamp quote into clay
  4. bake in the oven for 30 minutes on 110°C
  5. paint with acrylic color and decorate with ribbons

Xmas Clay Ornaments Snow Flakes Snow Flake Confetti Christmas Confetti Christmas Happy 3rd Advent everyone. Enjoy the Christmas celebrations. Lena


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