Using Ceramics to Accent Your Home Decor

Image credit: laures / 123RF Stock PhotoPottery is one of the world's oldest art forms having been around since the time of the cave man.  In fact,  you can tell the history of the world through pottery as many artisans throughout time— including the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Mayans, and other civilizations recorded the life of their times in ceramics and clay.  They also used ceramics in their home decor just as we do today.

Ceramic pieces such as canisters, mugs and plates are not just great for drinking your tea or coffee and storing your pasta and sugar.  When displayed, they also make wonderful accents to your decor.

Welcome your guests with a beautiful vase filled with flowers in the foyer; Display a beautiful clay plate on your mantel and make it a focal point in the room’s decor; Use a canister set to hold various food items and display them on your kitchen counter top; Hang a set of colorful mugs on a mug tree and use them to accent your kitchen decor.  These are just a few ways to use ceramics to add interest and color to a room.

You can go to chain stores like Target and Walmart and buy assembly line manufactured pieces for your home and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  Jennifer and I, like many others, have such pieces in our home and they look lovely on display.  We also have some beautifully crafted handmade pieces that we have picked up over the years.  The love and skill of the artisans who created the pieces makes them extra special.

I've selected nine fabulous pieces below for you to preview but you can find many more on Etsy, the place for all things handmade.




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Credits from top to bottom:

Woman at pottery wheel: Image credit: laures / 123RF Stock Photo

Four artistic ceramic soup mugs with handles by Blue Sky Pottery Company

2 Cup Tea Pot – Rich Buttery Turquoise glaze by DanSaultman

Dark Honey Glaze Flower Vase by Darshan Pottery

Little ceramic jar in white with rose and pink dots by Lofficina

Raku Sacred Geometry Handmade Ceramic Pottery by DeBaun Fine Ceramics

Malmsey Mambo ceramic bowl by LusterWear

Ceramic Bowl with Bunny Painting by Pottery Lodge

Statement Mosaic Belt Buckle – 3″ Round Clay Tile, Pearl Mosaic and Leather Belt by Romy and Clare

Pair of Handmade Nesting Serving Bowls by Sawyer Ceramics


Rustic Home

Rustic Home

Brown floor lamp

Fireplace accessory

Foreside frame

Buccellati fireplace accessory

Crystal vase

Linea throw pillow $32 -

Home decor

Throw pillow

Multiyork accent chair $930 -

Braun sofa $3,840 -

Accent table $430 -

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