I first learned about Jill when I came to Joss & Main in 2012. Happy, patterned flat-weave rugs were making a HUGE splash in home decor at the time, and her rug designs were great sellers on our site. Digging in, I soon learned that her main medium was actually ceramics, and that she had an incredible studio not far from me in Boston. There, in an airy industrial space, her small team crafts the most beautiful pottery and lamps by hand. Still, for many years, I only admired Jill’s work from afar.
Cut to late 2017. I was getting ready to publish Your Home, Your Style, and the book’s photographer, Joyelle West, invited me to speak at a local event for women in the design industry. Jill was one of the hosts, and she and I hit it off from the start. So when I began asking her about her process and how she works with outside collaborators…. Well, within a few weeks we were in her studio drawing, painting and picking out shapes.
The three patterns Jill and I came up with were based on motifs I love from the textile world: antelope spots, indigo batik prints, and velvet ikat. All have an elegant, glamorous quality to them, but they’re also a little wild. I love that each has a coordinating tray in the same print, and that the pieces can be used literally in any room of the house.
My favorite ways to use the wee vases, a.k.a. Jilly cups:
- For a tight bouquet of inexpensive flowers or roses
- As a makeup or toothbrush holder in the bathroom
- As a pen/pencil cup
- For tea or coffee
My favorite ways to use the curved-edge trays:
- To dress up an assortment of appetizers
- As a catchall for keys, sunglasses, and other daily essentials
- As a tray for paper clips, pushpins, and other desk supplies
- As a cuter-than-cute spoon rest by the stove
All six pieces would be amazing gifts for a special occasion. They're handmade to order and rimmed in 14K gold. You can check out the complete capsule collection here.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite piece?