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What Inspires: Ceramic Art

This week’s free pattern, Lyra, is a pair of mittens knit in Berroco Artisan. It features knitted leaves on the top of each hand – a design inspired by imagery that continuously catches my eye as I scroll through Pinterest.Over and over, I have pinned floral ceramic plates that I now know are by the contemporary ceramic artist, Makoto Kagoshima. I adore his work.  It reminds me of Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Art (I’ve included a plate below as an example), which I love for its symmetry and simplified motifs from the natural world. I included a ceramic piece by Nathalie Lete, a floral hand, in my mood board as well. Her piece with florals growing from the palm continues to linger in my mind. Hands hold so much meaning to me as they are a maker’s greatest tool.

Florals and rambling leaves cover the pages of my sketchbook, even as the days turn cold and winter covers the trees and ground with snow. With Lyra, I wanted the mittens to be a little reminder of those new leaves to come.


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I hope they keep your hands cozy and warm : )

Happy Making!



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