Valerie Hammond

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I think we can all agree that Valerie Hammond‘s wax sculptures are creepy and so freaking awesome. Working with wax, silk, and wire, she manipulates each delicate material to create these mildly disturbing results. Please don’t stop, Valerie. Please don’t stop.


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Bubblegraphy-1-Design Crush


Bubblegraphy is a series of vases that can’t help but capture your attention. Studio Oddness, a collaboration between Thomas van der Sman and Adrianus Kundert, has created a special process to blow bubbles into the glaze. The end result looks three dimensional and makes each and every vase 100% unique.


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Larry Mantello

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Larry Mantello creates some of the most amazing pop culture-based art I’ve seen yet. Using everything from plush Garfields to Rolling Stone air fresheners to entire packaging displays, Mantello pieces together little bits of the 1980s that all but take me back in time.


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PINCH-1-Design Crush


I’m currently sipping some green tea as I type, and I’m wishing it were out of this PINCH cup and saucer instead of a mug I’ve owned since college. Inspired by ancient clay oil lamps, this matte porcelain beauty excels at elevating a mundane experience.


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Christina A. West

Christina A. West-1-Design Crush


There’s much to love about Christina A. West‘s sculpted busts. The realism she employs, the unexpected color, and the creativity of marring something some might consider perfect as is. My favorite, however, is imagining that we all look like a broken open jawbreaker on the inside.


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Isabella Di Sclafani

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Montreal-based painter Isabella Di Sclafani started out painting huge nudes on the daily, but as of late has moved on to faces and clay sculptures. Her style translates well to both through the saturated acrylics, gouaches, and inks used on smooth surfaces such as panel boards and gessoed wood. Check out her shop for even more.

My paintings are a particular hybrid of expressionism, naïve art, illustration, outsider art and folk art all rolled into one. For inspiration, I rely on my archived collection of magazine clippings, historical portraits, vintage and family photographs, as well as my own photos taken on trips and daily walking excursions around the city. My portraits and clay figurines tend to veer off into slightly distortional anatomical proportions, yet still retain the qualities necessary to convey an emotion.


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Reiko Kaneko

Reiko Kaneko-1-Design Crush


I have a few lovely glazed pieces in my home, but recently I’ve found myself drawn to the look even more. Reiko Kaneko designs fine bone china in elegant, functional shapes; glassware and terracotta that is beautifully thin and light; and pure white china dipped in rich glazes. And I love that there’s constant experimentation in the studio with new reactive glazes!


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