Congrats to our Instagram Winner!


We have a winner! Instagrammer and Art Director Benjamin Ewing will soon be the proud new owner of a Case Study Ceramic Wok. Thanks for playing and we hope everyone will enter the next one!

August 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Project Spotlight: Pomarius Nursery and the Shaw House

Pomarius Nursery is a large-scale retail nursery in Portland with a selection of plants and an eye for design that keeps local gardeners coming back for more.


What really sets Pomarius apart, however is their knack for landscaping and garden design. The team recently had the opportunity to work with Maison Inc. on the spectacular renovation of the Shaw House.

The Shaw House was designed by Portand starchitect John Yeon in 1950 for Lawrence Shaw. Considered one of Yeon’s residential masterpieces, the home was featured on the cover of House Beautiful in 1953. Since then, unfortunately, the Shaw House fell into a sad state of disrepair.

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Now, however, the home has been resurrected to its former glory with the help of Maison Inc. and the Pomarius Nursery.  Pomarius was in charge of the new landscape and garden design, which was handled beautifully. The Case Study Ceramic planters they chose seem to coalesce perfectly into the simple modernist landscape.

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See more of Pomarius Nursery on their website or the official Facebook Page.

August 12th, 2015|0 Comments

SNEAK PEEK! Friday’s Ceramics Seconds Sale at the Modernica Factory


Join us tomorrow at the Modernica Factory for the Case Study Ceramics Seconds Sale! We’ll have hundreds of ceramics favorites available at deep discounts, but only for four hours, so don’t miss it!

Deano’s Deli will also be on site to keep you fed while you shop. Please note that Modernica will be happy to accept cash, credit, and debit cards on site, but no checks please. See you there!

August 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Modernica’s Adorable Ceramic Tabletop Bowl, Now with More Snazz


Modernica’s Case Study Ceramic® Tabletop Bowls are the smallest in our line of ceramic planters. At only 8″ in diameter, the pot is positively cute. Now, with a matching stand in walnut, the Tabletop Bowl is looking a little more grown-up. Together, bowl and stand are 6 1/2″ high, so they are still small enough to fit in perfectly on almost any shelf or side table.

Another great thing about this planter? The small size makes for a great price point; grab one for you AND a friend! See it for yourself in our Los Angeles Showroom, or take a look at the Modernica online store. All Case Study Ceramics® are available with free shipping in the contiguous United States.

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June 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Modern Garden Part 2: Container Herbs

The second installment of our Modern Garden series is perfect for your balcony or rooftop garden. This week we planted a container herb garden – a wonderful way to cultivate fresh herbs in a small space.


We chose popular, easy-to-find herbal plants that can adapt well to containers and indoor spaces. A few points to remember when planting your own ceramic herb garden:

  1. Drainage is vital. Your containers must have holes in the bottom to facilitate adequate drainage. Modernica’s ceramic planters are not sold standard with drainage holes, but the holes can be drilled upon request at purchase, or if you prefer to DIY, you can drill them yourself with a ceramic drill bit.
  2. Elevation is ideal. As you can see in the photo above, we chose planters with elevated stands to further ensure proper drainage and air flow.
  3. Sun is essential. Herb gardens are best suited for balcony and roof gardens since they need lots of sunlight to thrive.

If you like the look of our container herb garden, you can create your own with our wide selection of Case Study Ceramics, and a few of the plants below:

Chocolate Mint


Chocolate mint leaves have a delightful minty chocolate flavor, similar to the classic Girl Scout cookie. They are attractive, fragrant, and easy to grow, but you’ll want to keep them trimmed back if they are planted alongside other herbs. Mint is notorious for spreading rapidly and overcoming the plants around it.

Greek Oregano


Greek oregano has a delicious pungent flavor, claimed to be better and sharper than traditional oregano. It is a perennial warm-season herb, hardy to frost and light freezes.

Lemon Balm


While lemon balm’s clean, lemony flavor can be used in drinks and desserts much like its mint cousins, it is widely known for its calming, relaxing effects. The hardy little plant is not picky about soil, but wants lots of sun and water.

Garden Sage


Sage is a wonderfully-versatile herb that can add flavor to vegetables, meats, soups, or stuffings. The plant wants sandy or loamy soils in full sun, but can tough through many different weather conditions.



Every kitty’s favorite herb is easy to grow and will tolerate most soil conditions. You’ll want to keep it trimmed back, since catnip loves to take over any space you put it in. The real trick is how to keep your felines from nibbling it to death.

Onion Chives


Chives come with a double benefit of both flavor and beauty. The tasty plant acts as a great seasoning, and occasionally sprouts beautiful purple flowers that are also edible. This is one of the few herbs that can sustain colder temperatures from time to time.

Sweet Basil

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Basil serves as a delicious addition to vegetable and pasta dishes, and serves several purposes in natural medicine. It is easy to grow, but is sensitive to cold temperatures so bring it inside when the weather drops below 70º F.



This herb will add distinction to your meat and seafood dishes, and is also quite easy to grow. Terragon is hardy and can withstand a range of temperatures. This particular plant prefers a little less sun than its herbal neighbors, and enjoys dappled shade throughout the day.

March 27th, 2015|0 Comments