Michelle Dziak Ceramics

fine art ceramics

On every level, Michelle Dziak’s work with clay honors its origins. An intimate relationship to the Earth is present in her hand building process, her forms and textures, and her preferred finishing technique: wood firing. As an active, joyous participant in the wood firing community, Dziak celebrates ceramics as it relates to people. She views her art as an homage to human history and as a mode of connecting with ourselves through the Earth.

Each piece represents a conversation between artist and medium. “It’s kind of an adventure, kind of a puzzle, kind of a dialogue,” Dziak says, when talking about what draws her to ceramics. She may approach a piece with her own idea to communicate, but the clay often takes her in it’s own direction. “I do not necessarily feel responsible for what ends up happening,” she says serenely. “I’ll push those edges quite far.”

Michelle Dziak

Fortunata Fine Italian Ceramics

Casa Mia Salad Plate

Fortunata Fine Italian Ceramics is the brainchild of Margaret Frazer Proctor, a southern born tastemaker with a penchant for European flair informed by her love of international travel and classic decor. Her background in fashion and upscale merchandising gave her the expertise to turn Fortunata into the boutique brand it is today.

Fortunata has a fresh, modern take on the time-honored Italian ceramic tradition. In a collaboration with storied designer Adriano Tolomei, Fortunata produced the Casa Mia and Buon Appetito dinnerware collections. Tuscan ceramic techniques, lively colors, and natural forms combine to create the distinctive quality of Fortunata ceramic pieces.

Each piece starts with the highest quality clays, thrown by artisan hands, then individually glazed to give each work of art its own texture and character. In your home, these beautiful, functional objects feel like family heirlooms ablaze with new life.

Photo by Smith Cameron Photography

Piper Collection

Piper Collection

Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, Piper Pillow Collection is comprised of Cindy and Whitney Caudle, a mother-daughter design team studied in interiors and textile design. After noticing pillows as an often overlooked opportunity for decor, daughter Whitney sought to transform interiors with her eye-catching pillow designs.

Piper Collection brings a youthful spirit to contemporary design with bold graphic patterns, classic shapes, and beautiful detailing in daring color combinations. Pillows feature bespoke fabrics and textures, such as leather, faux fur, and their signature metallic linen.