One of the (many) things we love about Helen Levi’s pottery is the whimsy found in her earthen wares. There was one piece in particular that was difficult to, let’s see, take our eyes off of, and after bugging her for the story behind her Gilded Eye planter, we found that the inspiration behind it was just as charming as the result.
“I did a private class with two little girls recently, and I have this piece in my house that I made when I was a child. It’s a mug with a face on it, glued on eyes and a glued on nose. So when I had these two little girls coming over, I wanted to do something like that. And when they were asking me how to make eyes, I just started making these eyes and putting them on a cup. I loved the childlike aspect of it, and because I’ve been doing this since I was a child, I can’t help but include a little bit of that aesthetic of childlike exploration”