Texas Artisans: Ceramics

A great part about moving to Texas has been finding an entirely new set of local artisans and artists that I can source from. As part of a new series on the blog I’m going to start featuring the work of local craftspeople I love. This week I want to focus on two Texan companies doing beautiful things with ceramics.

Paul Schneider, who’s based in Dallas, makes stunning lamps, vases and bowls. He learned to throw when he was in high school here in Dallas, just a few miles from S.B. Long headquarters. I like his use of bold colors and geometric patterns. You can see some great examples in this recent Architectural Digest Feature.

Another recent discovery is ceramics from Waylande Gregory Studios. Waylande Gregory was a prolific art-deco ceramics sculptor popular in the early 20th century. In a Hollywood plot twist, an all-but-forgotten collection of his work was found in the basement of the Gregory Estates Philanthropic Foundation in 2009. Gregory’s great-grand nephew helped start Waylande Gregory Studios, based in Houston, producing reproductions of Waylande Gregory’s original bowls, trays, and other ceramics. The pieces are iconic, graphic, and very chic.

Here are few of my favorite pieces from both studios:

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Photo credits: 1-7. Paul Schneider Ceramics 8-14. Waylande Gregory Studios

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by design and the subtle impact of our surroundings. Some of my earliest influences still resonate – I think of the dark woods and textured lodens of my father’s shooting club, the smell of fresh paint on a new canvas, and the bold symmetry of the Philip Johnson Glass house just down the street. For me, it was a natural path to become an Interior Designer. I love what I do. I’ve created this Journal to share my thoughts, finds and design inspirations. I hope you enjoy it!

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