A Finishing Touch: Good-Looking Pottery

At some point last year I began collecting vintage pottery. I'm no connoisseur, but now I can't help noticing attractive ceramics in photos of other people's homes.

If the devil is in the details, to me, vintage pottery adds the perfect finishing touch to a tabletop, mantle, or bookshelf. Thanks to their clay base and handmade nature, these vases, bowls, and pitchers combine natural beauty with human skill and, sometimes, happy imperfections. (I like seeing little drips or variations in glazes.)

Vintage vessels add color and texture to a room and can be completely functional as vases, pen or paintbrush holders — you name it. There are so many different styles that they can look good with pretty much any d├ęcor. Depending on what types you prefer, pottery can also be very affordable; I've found most of mine for under $10 each.

Images: 1. Daniel Mahon for Design*Sponge 2. The Brick House 3. Tim Cowie for Design*Sponge 4. via I Suwannee 5. via Pinterest 6. Lonny 7. Heather Moore for SF Girl by Bay 8. Arts and Crafts Homes 9. Country Living via Greige Design 10. Etsy seller NowVintage

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Kim has been sharing creative projects and ideas as a Contributor to Apartment Therapy since 2010. Her writing highlights stylish, budget-friendly solutions to common household problems. Kim is a fluent French speaker and a houseplant enthusiast.