Interior designers and editors will often say that one the best decisions you can make when designing your home is to invest in original artwork. Usually, the mind goes to paintings, illustrations, or photography. But what about the more tactile objects in your home, like coffee mugs, ceramic plates and bowls, or vases and other decorative objects… shouldn’t you look to independent artists for these items as well??

Today, we’re highlighting 5 potters and ceramicists from both the United States and abroad. Each began their artistic journey in a little different way, but all believe in the power of creative expression. Before you buy another mug from a big box store or mindlessly order a set of plates online, start the slideshow to explore their work and discover a new favorite.