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Finding Purpose and Personality

Risa Nishimori Ceramic Cups

Have you thought about how many things have sold over the last few days? Cyber Monday alone is supposed to have seen around $6.6 BILLION in sales, with Amazon responsible for over $3 billion of that by itself. And as we e-speak, millions and millions of things are zooming their way around the country right now, all set to join the other things we have in our homes.

You can’t help but marvel at how far humanity has come — especially since the days when people used to turn to their local craftsmen for everyday needs — but while we get to enjoy unseen levels of accessibility and convenience every year, sometimes it’s nice to be able to appreciate something that was actually made by someone.

Today’s collection is made by Risa Nishimori, a popular ceramicist who is appreciated for her unique take on a building process called Nerikomi. Even as her practice grows, Risa is still creating all of her pieces by hand, filling them with purpose and personality. Her pieces might not be as easily accessible as something on Amazon, but you’ll know she made it with your enjoyment in mind.

Finding that combination of purpose and personality in the things we’re surrounded by can be difficult, but once you find it, there’s a special connection that’s truly one of a kind.


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