Perhaps slightly off-topic today, but I thought you guys might appreciate this. My lifelong friend and college roommate Jeff Campana has recently gotten his MFA in Ceramics and moved to Kentucky to teach it at the University of Louisville. I've always been a big fan of his work. Very usable, functional vessels that are at the same time very elegant. As Jeff puts it: "Luxurious Utilitarian Ceramics". He is selling work on (the extremely awesome) Etsy.com now:
Each item here has been individually thrown (in at least 2 parts), trimmed, and then cut apart and reassembled in order to give them my distinctive linear patterns, visible inside and out. As each piece is a unique individual artwork, I photograph them all as individuals. What you see is exactly what you get! All works are durable, and microwave/dishwasher safe.
My Christmas shopping is all happening right here.