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Esther Pottery Travels On…

Monday, February 20th, 2012

It’s a little thrilling and dangerous, this new color pallet Esther Pottery has taken on, just like Point Reyes itself can be. The deep turquoises and murky grays really do capture the quality of water in that part of California. I spent a lot of my youth in those waters so even though I currently reside in Southern California, I have a deep love for that oh so freezing stretch of coast. You may not always be able to swim at Point Reyes, but you will never be disappointed with the scenery. Nor will you be with the newest from Esther Pottery.

We’re lucky that our store is close to Steve Siegrist and Renee Lotenero (who, along with their son Ethan are Esther Studios) so we are usually the first to get to see what they’ve come up with and hopefully have a few pieces to sell. I love that each piece is hand lettered and hand made and therefore not always that easy to come by, but always worth the wait.

Here are a few of mine that I’ve had for a while now. They become an addiction. I can’t wait to get my hands on a Point Reyes.

Here is a Big Sur on my teak coffee table planted with a variegated Euphorbia that clearly likes its home. That’s an Egg Chair in the background.

We don’t currently have any in the store, but I love my Death Valley planter.

This Big Sur planter is actually huge. I like putting glass and crystals into plantings. They reflect the light so nicely.

We have the only selection of Esther Pottery available on line at the present time so click on the drop down menu here to see individual photos of what’s in stock. But hurry, they go fast.

Potted’s Best of 2010

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Happy Holidays and thanks to all of our wonderful friends who have helped make 2010 Potted’s best year ever. We love you all! Here are some of our best sellers and favorites from 2010:

The Circle Pot

hanging planters
Our retro-chic Circle Pot continues to sell, sell, sell thanks, in large part, to its appearance all over the Dwell on Design show back in the warmer months of summer. Features in the Los Angeles Times and many blogs helped spread the word, too. We still have the white Circle Pot in stock, and we expect they’ll be hanging around in some new and interesting colors in 2011.

The Fish Scale Pot

Fishscale Pot in Sunset

Photo: E. Spencer Toy

Just in time for the holiday shopping blitz, Sunset Magazine featured a beautiful photograph of a planted fish scale pot in their December issue. While there is still some debate about whether or not it’s planted with rosemary, lavender, or some exotic plant which only grows in Menlo Park in the photo, we’re sure it’s our favorite new pot of the season.

Beautful and Sexy Handmade Pottery by Esther Pottery and Jonathan Cross

Nothing makes us happier than finding something amazing we’ve never seen before and this year we were twice blessed with the discovery of two amazing new handmade potters, Esther Pottery and Jonathan Cross. While totally different in style, Jonathan Cross’ pots are masculine and rugged while Esther Pottery’s are organic and ethereal, both lines are exciting and every evolving and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in 2011.

Fermob, Fermob, Fermob

It seems like every time a new restaurant or coffee shop opens up in the neighborhood with an outdoor seating area they’re using Fermob these days. It’s strong enough for industrial use, and pretty enough for your patio. Look for the latest colors, styles, and more in the store and on our website in 2011.

Planted Gifts

We took our obsession with planting the unplantable to new heights in 2010. From vintage pedal cars to old chicken feeders we remain fearless in our determination to plant. Just wait until you see what we have planned for next year. Tennis anyone?

Gainey Cylinders

Our neighbors at Gainey Ceramics have been making hand-crafted tile and ceramic planters for decades. The iconic, mid-century Gainey Cylinder line’s 30 striking colors are available in either ceramic or lightweight fiberglass.

The Wok Fire Pit

Nothing draws a crowd like a big fire. The Wok Fire Pit is contemporary, stylish, and built to last. And it’s heavy. Just ask Carlos. If you’re in the neighborhood we’ll deliver it and put it right where you want it.  And if you’re not in the neighborhood, we can have it dropped shipped right to your sidewalk where you will really find out how heavy it it (but totally worth it).

Cross Handmade…Raw, Masculine Pottery

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Jonathan Cross Handmade Pottery at Potted Los Angeles

At Potted we are very excited to be one of the few retail locations to showcase the raw, natural elegance of Jonathan Cross Pottery.  As a fine artist and master printer working with such artists as Richard Serra and Bruce Nauman, Jonathan fell in love with the graphic quality of succulents and cacti. 

Jonathan Cross Pottery

To house his growing collection, he began experimenting with ceramics and so began a new direction in his artistic career.  He currently is working on his ceramics portfolio at the University of Dallas and we expect great things from him in the years to come. 

Jonathan Cross Pots at Potted

Please come in to the store or check out the webstore to see our latest shipment of his fine work, but hurry, the last shipment sold out in one week!

Potted Jonathan Cross Pot

Hand Knitted Tree Pods by Bob Sparkman only at Potted

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Bob Sparkman at Potted

In January of 2009 a friend gave Bob Sparkman 2 knitting lessons…2 lessons that have led to dramatic results. With an innate ability, he set the rules aside and began exploring beyond them, letting his one-of-a-kind creations develop organically. While his hats, scarves and ponchos are featured at Traffic LA and Des Kohan, Bob continues to think outside the knitted box, currently finding inspiration from nature by creating felted wool pods, bowls and birdhouses woven with driftwood, crystals, sea glass, plants and other natural items. Knitting for Bob is a lesson in letting go and not thinking too much, allowing his hands, the yarn and the needles go where they want to go. He has also mentioned that someday he would like to learn how to knit a sweater.

Please join us here at Potted on August 8th at 4pm for a reception to see the new installation of Bob’s hand knitted Tree Pods and see for yourself how amazing they are. You’ll never look at wool the same way again.

Bob Sparkman Tree Pod "Birds" at Potted
Red  Triangle Tree Pod by Bob Sparkman at Potted

Bob Sparkman worked for many years as a wardrobe stylist for magazines, music videos and commercials and as a constumer for film and television, most recently “Frost/Nixon,” “Angels & Demons” and “Nip/Tuck.”

Potted at W Hollywood

Thursday, May 6th, 2010
 Potted gets swanky at the Residences at the W Hollywood.  We were thrilled to be included by our good friend Kelly Van Patter who did a fabulous job of designing the interior of the showcase units.  I don’t know about you, but I am totally excited about the rebirth of glam Hollywood. 

Julius Pot at GREEN + VINE

Julius Pot - Photo Mike Kershner- Eco Residence, GREEN + VINE at THE RESIDENCES at The W Hollywood

Circle Pot at GREEN + VINE

Circle Pot - Photo Mike Kershner- Eco Residence, GREEN + VINE at THE RESIDENCES at The W Hollywood