Words by Jennine Jacob
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Ceramics will last a lifetime (or many lifetimes), so why think about trends when shopping for that perfect piece?  Everyone has different tastes. Maybe you styled your home meticulously in one trend or perhaps you have more eclectic inclinations and you love a bit of everything. We’ve put together a handy little list to help you suss out what works best for you. Wherever your personal aesthetic goes, this guide will help you better identify what kind of ceramics speak to you so you can better find that piece that you will love for the rest of your life.

Memphis Revival

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Memphis Style, a post-modern style attributed to the 1980’s. This architecture and design group founded in Milan by Ettore Sottsass created a mixture between pop-art, art-deco, and 1950’s kitsch.  Memphis Style typically attributes itself to playful geometric shapes, squiggly line, and vibrant colors. Since around 2014, Memphis style has been making a quiet comeback. Only with softer colors, more playful shapes, and loads of funky geometry the Revival sets easier on the eyes than its predecessor, yet playful enough to envoke visual interest, and of course the 1980’s nostalgia for those of us who love everything 80’s.

Memphis revivalists include: Leah JacksonLindsey Hampton, NEENINEEN, CKTC Ceramics, The Granite

Boho

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Boho chic, a megatrend that has outlived almost any other trend in the 21st century. If you’re into the 1970’s, it’s pretty safe to say you can invest heavily into the aesthetic without fear of becoming a cliché. The current revival of ceramics is heavily influenced by the ceramics trends of the 1970’s. Raw clay, speckled glazes, natural earth tones, are all elements that you see in Boho ceramics. Basically, anything you see that almost seems like it came straight from the 1970’s with a 21st-century twist can be put into this category. Especially ceramic wall hangings that include macrame.

Boho ceramicists include: A Question of Eagles, Kat and Roger, MQuan Studio, Forged and Found Pottery

Minimalist

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Minimalist ceramics are pretty much just what the label says on the tin. Without any fuss or muss, minimalists believe less is more. Perfect for those with Scandinavian inspired homes, minimalists thrive off black or white or neutral. Minimalist ceramics shows you that the beauty lies in perfection with perfectly weighted pieces and precise forms. They can go with any type of decor and stand out in their quiet beauty.

Minimalist ceramicists include: WRF Labs, Andrea Roman, Toki Ton, Hüseyin Artik

Post Contemporary

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“Post Contemporary,” a term coined in 2005 in the art world. To boil it down, it’s a term that applies to art that uses traditional mediums and techniques for future-looking ideas. In pottery, we see this in the form of using traditional shapes and techniques with a futuristic slant to them.

Post Contemporary ceramicists include: Brave Matter, Le Morandine, Humble Matter, Natalie Weinberger

Romantic

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Another trend, romantic ceramics mostly fall around traditionalist ideas of pottery. Feminine, ornate, handmade, romantic pottery portrays a romanticized idea of the past. Romantic pottery finds itself at home best in shabby-chic interiors.

Romantic ceramicists include: Astier de Villatte, Louise Hall

Rustic

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Rustic ceramics truly make the most out of creating an aesthetic around handmade imperfections. Like the philosophy of wabi-sabi, rustic pottery finds perfection in the imperfect. Because rustic pottery is anything but unrefined, it has a quality of effortlessness that can either be dressed up or dressed down depending your needs.

Rustic ceramicists include: Eric Bonnin, MMClay, Rachel Carter Ceramics, Enkee Ceramics