Cast cement sun faces from Elizabeth Keith Designs.

What’s New: Garden Brighteners

What’s New: Garden Brighteners

Some people just don’t have green thumbs. Others in harsher climates face long winter months where nothing grows. Still others look for garden brighteners they won’t have to water—ever. How to help? If you’re a savvy retailer, you’ll consider stocking up on works like these from eight American design studios:

Large ebony curly bowl and salad utensils by Nancy Hilborn of Hilborn Pottery Design.

What’s New: At Your Service

The kitchen gods must be smiling. They know that a hip serving dish or gorgeous goblet can make or break any dinner party. The food and wine served with such pieces can pale when these beauties are placed on a table, whether for a dinner party or romantic night in. Here is new work in tabletop from eight design studios guaranteed to add more than a pinch of gravitas to your cuisine.

Fleecy cute Major Oddvark, from Mr. Sogs Creatures.

What’s New: No Batteries Needed

What’s almost as delightful as the sound of a child’s laughter? Giving that little one a new toy. While high-tech gadgets that honk and blink abound in toy stores, nothing can substitute for the warm and fuzzy feel of a patchwork teddy bear or handcrafted backpack. Here are examples of new work by artists from seven studios focused on youngsters (and the young at heart).

“Woodpecker” teapot, in clay and porcelain with gold, by Ryan Myers.

What’s New: Spouting Off

Very few utilitarian forms have inspired such heights of creativity as the teapot. Although each artist may start out with the same basic shape, the final interpretations almost ensure that no two are alike. Teapots are also a natural collectible. Gathered here is work by eight artists working with teapot forms that you might want to tell your customers about.

Glass on copper Spiritiles by Houston Llew.

What’s New: Tokens of Affection

Who doesn’t go a little hearts crazy when it comes to Valentine’s Day? And what customer wouldn’t be pleased to find (and take home) a heart-shaped gift from your shop? We’ve rounded up work by seven artists who offer a variety of ways to share the love.

Lisa Muller

What’s New: Contemporary Folk Art

Maybe it’s because of modern society’s tendency to take comfort in the past while marching straightforward into green living, but more and more artists are adapting “folk” expressions in their work. They’re drawing on historical roots—visionary, primitive and tribal art—and using everyday objects in a variety of non­traditional ways.

What’s New: Mirror, Mirror

Mirrors may produce reflections of images, but they should also reflect individual style. To help replicate every customer’s tastes, we’ve assembled a collection of some of the most beautiful mirrored wall art we could find from seven studios that combine functionality and fun.