Hand Made in L.A.: Fresh From the Oven

Homespun ceramic vessels that can light up a room and keep your tea warm, too

Photograph by Mindee Choi


Lesley Anton 
A former flight attendant, Anton turned a 20-year-old hobby into a full-time job. Her lamps and dishes in porcelain and stoneware are inspired by Japanese minimalism and incorporate organic elements like eucalyptus pods. » 5613 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 323-937-5769.


Echo Park Pottery
His whimsical furniture and teapots have achieved international fame, but Peter Shire continues to focus on the everyday (striped bowls, spattered mugs) in the neighborhood where he was born and raised. » By appointment only. 1850 Echo Park Ave., Echo Park, 323-662-8067.


Adam Silverman
Sculptural vases by Silverman, founder of Atwater Pottery and the L.A. studio director for Sausalito-based Heath Ceramics, come in robin’s egg and cobalt blues and show off his signature lavalike textures. » 7525 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323-965-0800.


Luna Garcia 
Cindy and Curtis Ripley’s colorful tableware has the classic look of Bauer pottery (now made in San Bernardino County), while their new “Sketchbook Drawings on Pottery” series features shells and other objects. » 201 San Juan Ave., Venice, 310-396-8026.


Gainey Ceramics 
For nearly 60 years the company has produced oversize plant containers in sunny glazes for indoor and outdoor use—all made with recycled material. The third-generation family business handcrafts decorative tile as well. » 1200 Arrow Hwy., La Verne, 800-451-8155.