Living with clay

March 3, 2018

I’ve been thinking more and more about how important it is for me, for all of us, to integrate art, beauty, the hand, into our daily lives. The clay object continues to have the strongest draw for me, and knowing who made it, where I discovered it, and then to be able to interact with it tangibly, physically, in the course of my day makes a functional piece unique in the world of art.

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~William Morris

I came across a video of Heather Mae Erickson’s new exhibition at Bryan Gallery at CCU, as posted on The Arts Grand Strand’s facebook page. I was reminded of the beauty and uniqueness of Heather Mae’s porcelain vessels, so exquisitely shaped that they almost, almost, don’t seem usable. But a cup of tea from such a form is surely a heightened experience for both the tea and the cup.

View Heather Mae talking about her new exhibition here:

When I ran Cervini Haas Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ, I exhibited a set of these porcelain coffee cups by Erickson from her 2003 Black and White series; I think of them often and regret to this day not acquiring one. I look forward to remedying that some day!
Images by Heather Mae Erickson at

This may be the smartest design idea I’ve seen! I can instantly picture these all over my house, can’t you?! The Plant Pods are 11.5 x 8.5 x 2.25″, made of white oak and ABS plastic for waterproof-ness, and they’re ideal for succulents. You can see more of Domenic’s work at

Thanks,, for the heads up on this great design for living!

Wendy Haas