Better Than What You Made in Art Class

Elements: Ceramic

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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.

OUR PICKS: Heath Ceramics Clock ($350), Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Ceramic ($21,800), Diptyque Feu de Bois ($290), Revol Crumple Tumbler ($15), Joey Roth Speakers ($495+), Portland Growler Company Growler ($130), Boker Knife ($81), Schoolhouse Electric Capri Lamp ($389)