Breaking the Mold: Handmade Pottery by Rae Dunn

There's something about the uncluttered look of white stoneware that makes us go ahhh. That's why we find the handmade collection of tabletop and home accessories by San Fran-based designer Rae Dunn particularly refreshing. More on Dunn's adorable pieces—and the artist collaborative that sells them—after the jump.

Dunn, who hails from a background in graphic and fashion design, takes a utilitarian approach to clay, crafting pieces ranging from vases, planters and birdhouses (shown) to sets of dessert plates and votive holders. Inspired by the Japanese tenet of "wabi-sabi," or finding beauty within the imperfect, Dunn fuses simple shapes with subtle textures, accent colors and typography that add whimsy without the kitsch. The food- and dishwasher-safe collection is sold at Magenta, a Berkeley, Calif., design collaborative aptly named for the most challenging hue to achieve when kiln-firing ceramics.

Last year, Magenta was awarded the Small Business Commerce Association's (SBCA) Best of Business Award in the Art, Picture Frames, and Decorations category. So props to Magenta, a small business that supports the handmade!

(Images: Magenta)

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