Lustables: Karen McPhail Ceramics

Karen McPhail’s ceramics combine the maturity of process with the playfulness of a school art project.

Karen McPhail specializes in functional and decorative earthenware ceramics. Her process involves making simple forms on the wheel and then layering them with imagery collected from daily life and nature. They are then fired up after several applications of colored slip producing a subtle raised decoration.

“My ceramics are robust,” she writes at Papa Stour, where her items are available for purchase. “I aim to achieve a quality of surface with pattern and texture, creating visually satisfying objects that are a pleasure to our sense of touch.”

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K. Emily Bond

K. Emily Bond is the Shelter Editor at EcoSalon and currently resides in southern Spain, reporting on trends in art, design, sustainable living and lifestyle.