5 Ways to Decorate With Ceramics
We've been having a love affair with handmade ceramics, so we thought, what better way than to round-up our favorite uses for them. We chatted with art director and illustrator, Leah Quinaz, a venerable cool girl in Brooklyn, for what's tops when it comes to putting your ceramics to use around the house.
1. Display as Art: With an almost volcanic appeal, Quinaz says, “This bowl is awesome! Sleek, textured—I would put anything in here. The texture paired with the dipped black accent is beautiful." We think bright citrus fruits would make for major contrast and look beyond on your table.
2. Create Sounds: “An update to the wind chime, these bells by MQuan are great for hanging from a tree in your back yard or awning over your patio.I'm a sucker for organic colors and hand painted things. The contrasting lines against the neutral ceramic shapes makes for a bold yet simple design.," says Quinaz. We can practically hear them chiming now!
3. Contain Things
An organized home is a happy home in our book and small organic containers are perfect for a Zen-like bathroom or kitchen. Just think how great these would be as salt cellars? "These ceramic containers remind me of beautiful stones you'd find on a nature walk and the large cork lids reminds me of the trees. So natural! And even though they have a little addition of color, it's done with a dipped technique, which keeps with the organic design," says Quinaz.
4. Drink with Them Ceramics just seem to go hand in hand with tea culture and Quinaz says, "I love that both handles incorporate hard angles and circles -- making it super easy to slide your fingers through when serving or refilling." The best part? Its neutral stone color is timeless and will go with any table setting.
5. Light Up Your Home We're obsessed with innovative lighting design and Quinaz agrees that, "The woven detail mixes modern design with the organic elements, not to mention, it creates a beautiful lighting design," says the art director.
Leah Quinaz is a New York based fashion and film art director, Illustrator, and textile designer. Her art direction appears regularly on My Habit and Amazon Fashion. Her production design can be seen in the feature films Breakup at a Weddingand PERIODS. Leah's illustrations and graphics appear on a line of iconic T-shirts from Brooklyn Industries. As the lead graphic designer for Loomstate for Target, her illustrations appeared on a Men's and Women's line of organic cotton apparel. During the winter of 2014 Saks Fifth Avenue showcased her illustrations in their windows at their flagship store on New York's Fifth Avenue. As a textile designer, Leah has created prints for Anthropologie, Barneys, and Mabo,and her textiles have been featured on the TV shows Girls and Pretty Little Liars.