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Better Than What You Made in Art Class

Elements: Ceramic

Dig up dirt, mold into desired shape, apply heat. With that kind of recipe, it’s no wonder ceramics have been around for 27,000 years. Sure, you might know the material from DIY pottery and kindergarten art classes, but these days a handful of companies are producing high-quality ceramics that manage to toe the line between stark minimalism and natural roughness. Here are our eight favorites from both ends of the spectrum.

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Speakers that speak for themselves

Design Spotlight: Joey Roth Ceramic Speakers & Subwoofer

Pursue perfection. Some people — people at the top of their games — consider it a personal mantra. That theory holds for the design world, too, and it’s why industrial designer Joey Roth recently released a third version of his celebrated speaker system. Apparently, he just wasn’t satisfied yet.

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Joey Roth Subwoofer

Joey Roth’s desktop speakers ($495) made a splash with both the audio and design set thanks to their ceramic construction and striking silhouette. Now he’s released a matching companion subwoofer ($695+), expanding the system’s frequency response down to 40Hz. Just like the speakers, the Joey Roth subwoofer is crafted from simple, refined materials including stainless…

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Your grind, designed

Charlatan, Martyr, Hustler Letterpress Poster by Joey Roth

James Brown accurately described hustle with his 1970s funk hit, “Get Up”. It was music, but it was also gospel for Brown, who holds the record for having the most charted Billboard Hot 100 singles, yet never reached number one. You’re probably wondering what that has to do with letterpress poster art. Well, we think…