Best Affordable Local Ceramics Artists

By Cory Keny

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent a fair amount of time sweeping up the tiny shattered pieces of fallen mugs, cups, and other treasured objects you never thought you’d see at the bottom of your trash can. Nonetheless, I’ve continued to seek out replacements, and so should you. That’s why I’ve put together a list of three New-York based ceramicists selling affordable and unique pieces. Let’s take a look:

Dustin Barzell  


Dustin’s wildly imaginative pieces exist in a parallel universe. Shapes morph, colors blend, and all is textured. Even better, you can get your hands on one of these other-wordly creations without breaking the bank.

Yuko Nishikawa


Specializing in awe-inspiring light fixtures, Yuko’s work is transportive, calming, and refreshingly unique. Fortunately, for now, you can buy her work directly without going through a gallery. With pieces for every budget, there’s no reason you shouldn’t pick something up. In her own words,  "Piku piku" is a Japanese onomatopoeia that describes involuntary movements caused by unexpected contact. I want my work to make you feel piku piku, tickling something deep down inside you.”



I love Rosemilk Ceramics (aka Malia Polsky)! Her pieces are simple, playful, and just the kind of work that makes you want to smile. Better yet, she aims to make her work affordable so everyone can have a little joy in their life.

By Cory Keny


Cory is a Brooklyn-based writer and ceramics enthusiast. Here’s what he’s into at the moment:

The Penguin Book of Mermaids
A book devoted to centuries of mermaid and water spirit lore from around the world. 

Atomic Forest - Obsession 
A  psychedelic gem from India’s past.

A violent yet beautiful 1974 neo-noir film about a young couple’s midwest crime spree.

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