Modernica Case Study Ceramics® Line Adds Beautiful New Architectural Shapes and Styles

Modernica’s full line of Case Study Ceramics® was released only a few years ago; since then, we’ve been pleased and surprised at how much our customers love them! The classic architectural designs have become so popular, we decided to add to the selection of shapes and styles, while maintaining the modernist roots of the designs. Here are a few of our latest and greatest ceramic releases, just in time for fall!

Case Study Low Pan Ceramic Cylinder

Succulents in Low Cylinder Ceramic Planter

The low, wide form of the Case Study Low Pan Ceramic Cylinder make it absolutely perfect for your gorgeous succulents and cacti. The shape will also lend itself well to other plants with shallow root systems, like herbs, small flowers, and bonsai. The simple, stately Low Pan Cylinder is a beautiful way to add some plant life to any interior or patio landscape.

Case Study High Pan Ceramic Cylinder

Tall Cylinder Planter Modernica

Our Case Study High Pan Ceramic Cylinder features the same classic lines of our original Cylinder Ceramic Planters, but with a wider, more robust shape. The deep, wide interior will easily accommodate larger plants and small trees, with a shape that lends itself well to both stands or wooden plinth bases. Like our other Case Study Ceramics®, the High Pan Cylinder functions well as an indoor or outdoor planter.

Case Study Wok Ceramic Planter

Modernica Wok Planter

You may recognize the Case Study Wok Ceramic Planter as one of the most popular shapes that graced the yards of many homes during the mid-century modern era. In the making of this new design, we were inspired by the ceramic shapes we saw in vintage photos of homes like Case Study House #22. The unique lines make for an eye-catching display of almost any type of plant, from larger succulents to small trees and shrubs.

If you’re in love with one of these brand new ceramic designs, your in luck! All of Modernica’s Case Study Ceramics® are on sale through this weekend, from today until Monday, September 2, 2013. Use code “ceramics” at checkout to receive 15% off plus Free Shipping!

Low Pan Ceramic Planter

Case Study Low Pan Ceramic Cylinder Case Study High Pan Ceramic Cylinder

Stan Bitters Thumb Pots: Now Available from Modernica

Stan Bitters Thumbprint Pottery

If you’re at all familiar with Stan Bitters’s iconic work, you’ve probably seen his thumbprints pressed into his ceramics, from planters to wall-length sculptures. His rough-hewn, nature-inspired style is what made his work so unique and integral to the organic modern movement that began in the 1960s. Now, you can take home a piece of this fascinating history when you purchase a Stan Bitters Thumb Pot from Modernica, all of which are still hand-sculpted in Bitters’s Fresno studio.

The organic modernist craft movement began in the 1960s and was influenced greatly by the earthy, hand-crafted work of artists like Stan Bitters. Today, his mid-century work is still scattered across Southern California; his timeless sculptures and fountains are now valued as historic masterpieces. Indeed, Thumb Pots and ceramic pieces that were created by Stan Bitters in the ’60s and ’70s are sometimes auctioned today for thousands of dollars.

Modernica Ceramics

Luckily you can find his current pieces right here at Modernica, including Thumb Pots and Ceramic Birdhouses. Get a feel for the organic, rough-hewn quality of his work at our Los Angeles showroom, or visit to order.



New Year, New Photos: Case Study Ceramics in High Resolution

Stoneware Bowl Planter from Modernica

Our New Year’s Resolution was to organize a series of photo shoots that would truly capture the craftsmanship and beauty of our Case Study Furniture. The gallery below showcases the results of our first effort- a tribute to the archetypal ceramic style that originally emerged just after World War II.

But if you’d really like to get a feel for the simple elegance of our Case Study Ceramics, you’ll have to see them for yourself in our Los Angeles Showroom, or at one of our national dealers.

By |January 31st, 2013|Pottery|1 Comment

Modernica’s 6th Day of Gifting: Ceramic Pot with Wooden Stand

Cylindrical Planter with Wooden Stand

This simple Cylinder Pot with Wooden Stand makes a fitting gift for anyone who enjoys interior design or gardening. Not your average terracotta pottery, our line of planters was inspired by the ceramic style that emerged shortly after World War II, when design became a modern art form that could take place in the average home. Each piece is focused on archetypal geometric shapes and clean lines.

Buy this Case Study Ceramic Planter with a Wooden Stand, or browse through Modernica’s entire line of Case Study Stoneware.

Case Study Pottery on the Patio

Black Pot with Wooden Stand


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Monday’s Muse and Cat Lover: Mid-Century Modernist Ceramicist Leza McVey

From Cleveland, Ohio, Leza Sullivan McVey became a ceramist, sculptor, teacher, and weaver. She was a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, graduating in 1931. She also studied at the Colorado Fine Arts Center from 1943 to 1944, and was a student of ceramic sculptor Alexander Blazys. Additionally, she studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art ,and then became a teacher there from 1948 to 1953.

From 1936 to 1938 and 1939 to 1947, she also lived in Texas where her sculptor and painter husband, William Mozart McVey, taught at the Museum School of Art in Houston and then at the University of Texas. During this time, she was active with the Texas Sculptors Group.

In Flint, Michigan in 1961, she did a ceramic mural with her husband for the Art Center. Exhibition venues included the Smithsonian Institute, Texas General Exhibition, Cleveland May Shows, Pennsylvania Academy and the Albright Knox Gallery.

Eventually she returned to the Cleveland area to set up a studio, and there she spent the remainder of her life.

Considered ahead of her time, McVey hand-built large-scale, biomorphic forms. Many were characteristically bottle-shaped with a ‘stopper’ in the opening. Her work was to help pave the way for modern ceramic art in the USA. Her sculptural stoneware and porcelain vessels display the influence of surrealism and her respect for natural organic forms.

See an extensive study of Leza McVey’s work in the book, The Ceramic Forms of Leza McVey, by Martin Eidelberg.

By |October 29th, 2012|Pottery|0 Comments