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Artist-Inspired Holidays

Words cannot express the joy it brings my little beating heart to see great art fill the world. I especially geek out over all things holiday-themed. This year I wanted to share my top picks for holiday items that are made or designed by artists that you can purchase online to fill your little beating heart with joy, too. Would these items not make excellent gifts?

First, these hand-painted ornaments by Emily Jeffords, Katherine Jury, and Britt Bass Turner. Could not be cuter.

In terms of holiday-themed wall art, there is no one who's painting hold more magic for me than Janet Hill. I can't even pick a favorite. Browse her Christmas prints here.

Is it ok if I include a few of my own things? I mean, if I didn't think they were cute or worth buying, I wouldn't make them, right? The Santa and Red Truck ornaments are a few of my favorites this year.

This Advent Calendar designed by Quill & Fox (sold by Anthropologie) is probably the cutest Advent Calendar I've seen. I bought one and am currently pretending it's for Josie. ;) Check out Yas' other Christmas products here. (This cat platter, anyone?)

Same artist as the Advent Calendar- this Thanksgiving card is just adorable! I SO wish there were more Thanksgiving products out there...maybe I should design some...no, Michelle, stay focused!

I love the slightly less traditional Christmas card designs, like this super cute card by Emma Block. I'm easily bored by the overstocked generic discount cards you find everywhere this time of year. No thank you.

I'm always swooning over the creativity and design work of artist Roxy Marj. Her stockings and ornaments for Land of Nod are the perfect blend of odd and adorable and quirky and fun. That little red mushroom ornament!

And last but not least I wanted to introduce you to my very own Custom Ornament Gift Certificates, available for purchase here to reserve your spot on my Custom Home Portrait Ornament Wait List. I've had so many requests for these custom ornaments, and I just can't seem to paint them fast enough! So, I've made this super cute ornament gift card just in time for the holidays.

I really hope you enjoy the creativity and talent of these fun artists I've featured today! 

My Ceramic Obsession
 studio of artist michelle schneider

studio of artist michelle schneider

 paint your own pottery, the art of michelle

paint your own pottery, the art of michelle

I've always loved ceramics. I loved my pottery classes in college, learning to use the wheel and make small pinch pots, learning about glazes and kiln firing and how hot is too hot for each clay piece. My favorite artists at outdoor festivals are almost always the potters. I'd love to fill my kitchen with handmade pots, mugs, bowls, plates, you name it.

But of course, when you finally graduate college, you kind of need to pick a focus. You can't experiment with different mediums your entire life and take classes full time forever if you want to run a business. I always knew I wanted to be a painter and illustrator, but if I could do it all (and I definitely cannot), then I would add "ceramics" to my resume. And if there were 20 more hours in every day, I might think about turning part of my studio into a mess of clay and kiln and throwing wheel.

 custom painted ceramics by michelle schneider

custom painted ceramics by michelle schneider

Since I certainly don't have time to make my own pottery just for fun, painting someone else's pottery is the next best thing. I love how tactile it is, the roughness of the bisque ware, the paint all over my hands and in my hair, the dimensionality of each piece, the space it all takes up, the packages full of white pottery on my doorstep in the morning.

Apparently my goal this year is to paint one million Christmas ornaments because I have ideas for designs and custom options and sizes coming out of my ears. I just LOVE this time of year and the promise it holds of exciting things to make and sell. The thing I appreciate so much about having my own business is how free I am to reinvent myself whenever I want, to try new things and add painted ceramics to my shop without a single person telling me not to.

 custom home portrait ornaments by michelle schneider

custom home portrait ornaments by michelle schneider

Anyways, I guess this whole post was just one long love letter to art and ceramics and painting. My attempt at selling all of these painted beauties is an attempt at sharing my love of art with all of you. So be sure to check back here often in the next few months for a chance to purchase all the fun things I'm working on now!

And if you want to experience the joy of creating your own painted pottery piece, please sign up for one of my Fall classes!

Inspiration Lately

When inspiration strikes, I jump on Pinterest and pin a million things all at once. Right now I'm pinning images for new and upcoming just-for-fun paintings that I'm so excited to get to. Of course there's the usual dogs, cats, donuts, but I'm also considering some fun kitchen interior scenes and tablescapes.

Better get back to sketching before the baby gets up for the morning. Have a great Tuesday!

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