They're here . . . bunnies, chickens, ducks, geese, cats, cows and pigs. Somehow these farm and domestic animals have infiltrated every nook and cranny in the house, livening up houseware designs from kitchen to bathroom.
When former hobby ceramic teacher Helen Hacker gave up her teaching job to start a cottage industry with her ceramic pieces, she didn't realize how large her "farm" would grow in a span of three years. Owner-designer of L.A. Ceramics, Hacker and partner Noburo Kanayama hand paint each animal motif and fuse it on trays, jar tops, candleholders, boxes, plates, napkin rings and bells. The line is clean and fresh looking, easily matchable with any existing pattern. White was logically selected for a base color, and pastels in the same palette of colors accentuate it.
A Hint of the Italian
Reminiscent of Italian works, the details in these dainty little farm animals are airbrushed, and all pieces are glazed and fired to exceed recommended temperatures for food safety.
The pieces we picked here make charming accents for the Easter table: a napkin ring holder with two little bunnies in the grass; an 8-inch square flat plate with a cracked egg and an emerging baby duck; a 17x11-inch platter with a large bunny that has a pretty floral wreath around his neck, and a candlestick holder designed with little bunnies and grass. The products are not collectors' items since they're seasonal and change in design about every six months. They may be found in some kitchen boutique shops, Lawry's Gift Shop (Los Angeles), Knott's Berry Farm (Buena Park), Roger's Gardens (Corona del Mar) and the Peasantry chain. Prices range from about $8 to $49.