favor- “ette”: roots in rust & skt ceramics

May 24th, 2012

You all know by now what a fan I am of the Brooklyn Flea – I try to go several times throughout the year, and love that there are always wonderful new food and craft vendors to discover.

I was at the Flea last month to attend the NYC Food Blogger Bake Sale, and I made sure to get there early enough to take a look around and see what was new.

I was immediately drawn to Roots in Rust.

roots in rust

roots in rust

roots in rust

roots in rust

Roots in Rust specializes in repurposed pieces planted with air plants and succulents. I was especially intrigued by the air plants as they require no soil or watering (a soak once a week and some indirect light are all they need**). And I just loved the pairing of these delicate plants with their rustic containers. The plants also come in simple glass vases and vessels. I purchased two of the smaller vases – one as part of my mom’s Mother’s Day gift, and one for a friend’s birthday – and a larger vessel for myself (which I plan to make part of a collection to display in my dining room).

roots in rust

roots in rust

Also new to me was SKT Ceramics. The soft, muted colors of the mugs and dishes caught my eye – and on closer inspection I noticed that they were all decorated with the most charming  handpainted animal illustrations. Susannah strikes just the right balance between sweet and sophisticated, and I can see her pieces working as a unique baby gift as well as a hostess present or teacher gift.

skt ceramics

On a whim, I asked if she ever did any pieces with otters (my mom’s favorite animal). And like magic, she pointed out several, including this adorable little dish that I knew would be perfect for my mom’s rings. Look at the faux bois detail on the underside – I love when artists pay just as much attention to the parts of their work that might never be viewed.

skt ceramics

skt ceramics

I’m always seeking out unusual gifts that are well-priced, handmade and a change from the same old – I am thrilled to share these two lovely artists with you! Check out their web sites – or just get to the Flea already!

**Note: I just discovered this video by Roots in Rust creator Zsuzsanna on how to care for air plants – check it out!

Roots in Rust

SKT Ceramics

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