Finding vintage mid-century ceramics is easy. But, you might have to spend some time searching.
After all, these treasures from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s are a bit rarer than the mass-produced jars and vases you see on the shelf at the department store.
Ultimately, however, the search is worth it. If you put in enough time and effort, you’ll have some amazing pieces to show for it.
Here are some of the best places to find mid-century ceramics:
Chairish.com is one of our favorite online antique marketplaces. Dealers and connoisseurs from all over the world flock to this website to buy and sell mid-century gems. There are chairs, tables, sofas, and nearly every type of furniture you can imagine. The ceramics section, however, is something special.
Obviously, eBay is another favorite among mid-century fanatics. A quick search for “mid-century ceramics” will bring up a plethora of amazing pieces that suit your fancy. All you have to do is find something you like that’s in your price range and start bidding.
It’s important to remember, however, that eBay is an auction website. So, it’s easy to lose out on amazing pieces if someone bids higher than you. When bidding on eBay, always make sure that you know when the auction ends so you don’t miss out.
If you’d prefer to see pieces in person before you buy them, head directly to the nearest antique shop. They should have some ceramics that you like. If they don’t have anything that suits your taste, the owner may have some tips on finding mid-century ceramics in your area, so make sure to ask them.
Mid century modern ceramicists today
Even though we’re well into the 21st century, there are still plenty of amazing ceramicists working today. Here are some of the folks that are putting a new twist on the mid-century tradition.
Pink Vase by Takuro Kuwata
Takuro Kuwata’s work looks as if was made by an extraterrestrial who came to Earth during the 1970’s. He puts a unique spin on traditional mugs and vases by using strange, experimental glazing methods. Although the pieces may look wonky, he’s a true master of the craft with a strong understanding of the history of ceramics.
Cup by Lily Fein
Fein takes an earthy, organic approach to the medium, creating functional pieces that appear to take their inspiration from the human body. Although much of her work is designed for use (cups, bowls, vases), these ceramics could function just as well as decorative pieces.
Dark Grey Vase by Janaki Larsen
Modern and minimal, her collection is a little apart from the MCM tradition, but gorgeous and worth checking out nonetheless!
10 Types of Vases
There are a wide array of items that can be used for vases. Below are ten examples.
How should you choose a vase?
Depending on how much berth you want the flowers to have, how long the stems are, and what vase will provide the best display option for the flowers and not take away from the flowers. Also, choose a vase that will accent the shape of the flowers as well. Also use appropriate sized vases so it does not overwhelm and take away from the flowers
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