Art + Design + I Want This

Beautiful ceramics from Small Spells.


When I was in San Francisco, I visited the new Little Paper Planes storefront, run by my friend Kelly Lynn Jones. Kelly has such a good eye for art and design, and I’ve been a fan of her online shop for ages — it was so cool to see it all come to life in one beautifully curated space.

I must have touched/admired at least two dozen objects while I was in there, but the ones I was drawn to immediately were the pieces by Brooklyn-based Small Spells, created by ceramist Rachel Howe. I picked up a crescent moon cup as a thank you gift for a friend, and made a mental note to check out Small Spells online later in the day. I’m so glad I did, because Rachel’s work is really up my alley — that perfect combination of bold geometry and soft, organic shapes and muted (yet rich) colors. I want everything in her shop!


These planters are so sweet. I’m a notoriously black-thumbed when it comes to indoor plants, but lately I’ve been trying to practice by caring for a few smaller plants at once instead of one giant, potted creature that’s basically like having a pet. These little pots are perfect for putting on a windowsill or a small ledge in the kitchen, and I’m going to need to get a hanging planter for our bathroom. I love that wee cactus peeking out of the top!

And finally, a few pictures from the Small Spells Instagram! The mudcloth-inspired cup on the top loft is from a new series Rachel is working on. I can’t wait to see more! I’m feeling a Small Spells collection coming on…


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  • Reply kay* June 7, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Ooh, I’ve really been into little handmade ceramics like these lately and I’m especially into Mudcloth so these are fantastic! Thanks for sharing–will have to check out her shop!

    • Anna @ D16 June 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      I thought you might dig ’em!

  • Reply Jade Sheldon June 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Oh, wow! I want EVERYTHING.

  • Reply Betsy June 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Wow, I really love her work. I agree with Jade, I want EVERYTHING! Thanks for sharing, Anna. Glad you had fun in SF.

  • Reply Marjorie June 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    These are beautiful! I love the color schemes and patterns. They look professional but still have a handmade feel. I’ll have to bookmark her shop. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Stacey June 10, 2013 at 8:31 am

    one of each design please. these are all beautiful!

  • Reply Kim June 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I’m with you on the black thumb problem. I once killed an aloe plant after being told they were idiot proof… But these gorgeous planters could probably make even my dead plants look pretty!

    • Anna @ D16 June 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      I have killed EVERY aloe plant I’ve had, Kim!! Succulents and I do not get along, no matter how hard I try.

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