When was the last time you played with clay? Elementary school? Ceramic art is one of the oldest art forms around yet is constantly being reinvented by innovative and imaginative artists. We’ve collected ten pieces that show the range of looks that can be created using simple materials thanks to amazing talent, and no doubt many years of practice. As well as being drop dead gorgeous, these modern heirlooms are functional, making them even more worth the splurge. See our picks in the slideshow and share your favorite ceramicist’s work below.