Ceramicist Anne Carnevale’s designs manage to evoke an aesthetic that’s simultaneously totally singular and yet comfortingly familiar. Many of her multi-purpose pieces (think a breastplate that can be worn or hung) feel like a modern take on ancient pottery from the chicest archaeological dig you could imagine. That’s no accident—the inspiration behind Carnevale is rooted in the ancient sculpture of Greece, where the now-Chicago-based artist lived as a child. “My family did a lot of traveling throughout the Mediterranean,” she remembers. “I loved the handmade aspect of what I saw. Someone was always making pottery or blankets and cooking. It’s really stuck with me through the years.” She went on to study archeology in school and, during a college study-abroad program in Florence, Italy, discovered a complementary love for making ceramics using coil hand-sculpting, a technique that predates wheel-throwing, even.
Anne started selling her creations on the side while exploring other interests like theater production, but in 2013, she went all in on her collection of elegantly rustic wine vessels, vases, pitchers, and even lamps, which draw on mid-century works by Miro and Calder in addition to those early travels. And even though her work now makes appearances in chic homes around the world, each piece is still made by hand by Anne—because some things never change.