I love ceramics and pottery and have been collecting the fragile, hand-made pieces for many years.
When it comes to vases, Jonathan Adler is a firm favourite. (You might have spotted his pieces in Carrie’s flat in Sex and The City). All Adler pottery is designed in his Soho studio in New York and then thrown in Peruvian workshops which have been found through Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organisation that promotes fair trade.
I used to own only two Adler vases. A blue and a white. The blue one I don’t think is in production anymore and I bought it on sale in the shop Stilleben in Copenhagen. The white bulb vase (£118) is a gift from my former colleagues.
But then recently I spotted these two in my favourite charity shop, St John’s Hospice Shop, in St. John’s Wood:
I actually first thought they were cheap copies from Ikea, so I quickly turned them upside down:
“Yay me!” I silently shouted to myself and ran to the till. The were both £7.