Hand crafted and all uniquely splatter painted, these short espresso mugs are designed by ceramicist and sculptor Peter Shire and made by residents of the Echo Park neighborhood in Los Angeles. Shire founded the pottery in 1972 to create ceramics that were more reasonably priced than his gallery work, and named it after the L.A. neighborhood where he was raised.
The mugs are crafted in small series using a slab construction, hand-rolled style, then individually hand painted. This process creates a unique splatter pattern and color combination on every much rendering no two exactly alike. The splatter series was inspired by the paintings of Sam Francis and the ceramic construction techniques of Adrian Saxe, both artists who have lived and created in Los Angeles.
LACMA's collections include 5 works by Peter Shire, who was one of the few American members of the Memphis group (active from 1981 to 1988), founded by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass.
- Hand-formed ceramic, each piece is different with different color combinations. Let us choose a style for you.
- Approximate dimensions 3 x 3 x 4 inches
- Wash by hand for longer life
- Made in Los Angeles