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If you don't know her work, let me introduce you to the beautiful ceramics of Alyssa Ettinger's "Knitware" collection.
Her cups, vases, plates, bowls and coasters from her tactile and unusual "Knitware" collection are unique, elegant and a sight to behold.
Whether you want to drink hot chocolate from one of her cozy'knit' mugs or use a vase to add warmth and texture to an otherwise stark modern silhouette, she has perfected the art.
Take a look at some of her products, available in an equally tasteful palette of glazes.
above: her knitware coasters
Above: some of the different textures from the collection
Above: little knitware bowls
above: available glazes for the Knitware' collection
About Alyssa Ettinger (taken from her site)
Alyssa Ettinger threw her first pot at summer camp when she was 14-years-old. She continued working with clay while attending The Putney School, then got her BA in Ceramics (and Creative Writing) at Bennington College.
After graduating, she began a career in magazine publishing, and for nearly two decades wrote, edited, planned and styled shoots, and honed her expertise in home design, new products, décor and lifestyle — Her first book, The eBay Home Makeover, came out in October of 2005.
After 9/11, Alyssa felt something stirring inside her for a change. Between seeking a new direction, and being encouraged by a friend to try her hands at ceramics once more, Alyssa took a pottery class at the studio where this friend, Mieko, studied. That first night found Alyssa sitting at the wheel, throwing bowls nearly as easily as she had back in college. She began spending as many hours at the studio as she could, and soon felt she needed a way to spend all of her time pursuing ceramics. She found a studio space, ordered 50 pounds of porcelain, and within two months was designing dinnerware. Her first line — Mieko bowls — was named after the friend who'd started it all by inviting her for tea.
These days, Alyssa works out of a studio in Brooklyn, and has branched out to include slip-casting and hand-building in her designs. "It's a far different environment than the more corporate world where I once worked," she says. "Being a ceramic artist certainly doesn't make you wealthy, but I've reached a point in my life where being happy and content are far more valuable currency."
You can purchase some of her products here
or at her Etsy store here.