I have been collecting the work of Vermont potter Miranda Thomas for about 15 years. Her workshop produces pieces in different glazes and styles, but it is the cream, carved pottery that I love.
Thomas cites ancient Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Aboriginal symbols and forms as design influences in addition to the English countryside of her youth.
The nature inspired patterns remind me of the work of 19th century artist and textile designer William Morris.
Each piece is made entirely by hand, a unique object stamped by the individual potter who crafted it.
I have several of these canisters around the house.
The carved pottery is currently produced in five different patterns, but Thomas accepts commissions for custom work. I had a pair of these made with an oak leaf and acorn design.
Pieces are often whimsical; one can see evidence of the artist's sense of humor. This rabbit appears to be running, possibly from the fox in the center of the bowl.
Thomas and her equally talented, furniture-maker husband, Charles Shackleton, have a beautiful showroom in an historic mill in Bridgewater, Vermont.
Additional designs available include lamps, tabletop and serving pieces.
Personally, the highlight of a visit to the showroom is the possibility of finding a 'one-off' - a sample or experimental piece. This small vase, a favorite in my collection, was just that.