Atlanta-based ceramicist Aleisha Ellis’s utilitarian style is inspired by contemporary Japanese work.

Aleisha Ellis was nearly three years into a photography degree at Georgia State University when she ventured into an extracurricular pottery class. “It appealed to me because it was very tactile and so different from photography,” Ellis says.

Photo courtesy of Aleisha Ellis

After graduating in 2017, she got her own wheel and started Utility Objects. Inspired by contemporary Japanese ceramics, Ellis’s aesthetic is organic and, well, utilitarian. She allows natural colors and textures to speak for themselves but inserts a personal touch here and there—like pressing in dimples with the “hitchhiker’s thumb” she says she inherited from her great-grandmother.

Tumblers Against Injustice by Utility Objects

Tumblers Against Injustice by Utility Objects

Photo by Robie DuChateau

The Mini Dimple Tumbler by Utility Objects

The Mini Dimple Tumbler by Utility Objects

Photo by Robie DuChateau

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