Smith Shop, a craft-centered metalworking studio near downtown Detroit, opened in 2012 with ambitious plans for the future of Motor City manufacturing. Owned by metalsmiths Gabriel Craig, Amy Weiks, and Adam Whitney, the studio’s offerings range from architectural metalwork and jewelry to accessories such as the elegant serving ware shown here.
With these fermentation jars, Bay Area ceramist Sarah Kersten mixes clean lines with classic ingenuity. Each one is designed with a water seal, a feature that dates back centuries, which helps inhibit mold, discourage flies, and prevent funky odors from escaping.
Hank by Henry
Allison Henry describes the chopsticks she designs with chef Edward Ross as “fancy little sticks of wood” – and they are as fabulous as they are functional. The Portland, Oregon, duo’s tiny treasures are made in pairs from untreated hardwood before being painted by hand.
It’s easy to mix artful objects and artisan booze with these cocktail glasses from Chicago’s Baigelman Glass. The studio is helmed by Aaron Baigelman and his partner Heather Ahrens; Baigelman aims for his hot shop to serve not just as a business but also a place where emerging artists can comfortably hone their craft.
Indigo and Snow
With these flour-sack tea towels, Indigo and Snow founder Annabella Sardelis shares something very intimate: a prayer of gratitude repeated daily at her own dinner table. The Minneapolis designer and textile artist adds visual interest by hand-printing each one with a sumi ink drawing.
With adorable wares such as this Toast plate, Charlotte Mei mines contemporary culture with a sense of wit and play. The London artist’s most recent line of ceramics includes tableware that can be customized with words and one-off illustrations, including Mei’s interpretations of cult favorites such as Star Wars and Adventure Time.