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Monday, February 19, 2007

the radiance of dailiness

I can't take credit for this phrase; it's from Don DeLillo's book White Noise. Today I'd like to showcase some handmade objects - coasters and ceramics - that are as useful as they are beautiful.

Sidney in Seattle re-purposes vintage scarves. Her glass-covered fabric coasters ($24 for 4) have soldered-aluminum edges.

Artist/carpenter/musician Scott's bold design gives cork coasters ($10 for 4) a facelift.

Tip: When you hit upon a seller whose work you fancy, click through their favorite items and favorite sellers - links can be found under the seller's profile.

Linen coasters ($4 for 2) are homey and practical. Seller Bykes will make you a set in the color of your choice.

Small ceramic bottle ($4.50) from DownstairsOriginals.

Tip: When you're looking for ceramics, try the keywords "hand thrown."

The charm of HB Pottery's blue cup ($14) lies in its imperfection.

Orlor's ceramic votive holder ($18) is appealingly craggy and crooked. And what shadows it will cast!

[Origami lotus ($4) at top is available here.]


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