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Best Buds

Best Buds

Feature Article

Best Buds

Spring 2023 issue of American Craft magazine
Image of 5 pieces of pottery in various sizes and shapes.

Photo by Thomas J. Story.

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Best buds. Encountering the first flowers to emerge in spring can feel like meeting up with delightful old friends. We offer this selection of bud vases as a way to showcase spring’s tulips and daffodils, a simple bloom picked off a neighbor’s bush (we won’t tell!), or even a favorite dried flower that has sat by the radiator all winter keeping you company.

5 images of pottery in various sizes and shapes.

Photo by Thomas J. Story.

This mini bud vase set from Orange, California–based Sara Paloma Pottery includes five wheel-thrown, dark brown clay vessels dipped in white crater glaze. With their rippled, angular forms, these squat pots, from 4 to 5.5 in. tall, combine a midcentury aesthetic with a rustic finish. / $430 | @sarapalomapottery

Circular vase holding a green plant.

Photo by Douglas Molinas Lawrence.

Douglas Molinas Lawrence starts almost every day with a 6-by-6-by-2 in. block of wood—ranging from ash to zebrawood— from which he carves, chisels, and scorches a unique sculptural bud vase. The Knoxville, Tennessee, woodworker started with a goal of 50 vases, but has since eclipsed 100 and shows no sign of stopping. / $160 | @douglasmolinaslawrence

At 11 by 7 in., the bag vase from Danté Germain Glass holds more than just a bud, but a single flower emphasizes the casual simplicity and shape of this glass vessel. Germain, who lives and works in western Wisconsin, offers this statement vase in five colors. / $220 | @dantegermain

Glass jar with a rope tied around it - appears to look like a bag.

Photo by Mackenzie Serwa.

A folded ceramic being held by a hand.

Photo by Behnaz Sharifian.

When Behnaz Sharifian of Chaargoush Ceramics in Redmond, Washington, returned to school to study ceramics, she became fascinated with the seams and creases inherent in hand-building. The vase pictured here is from a recent series of delicate porcelain and stoneware vessels that celebrate the edges and folds in flower and leaf forms. / $280 | @chaargoush

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