March 15 2011
If you love hand-crafted homeware but lack the time or expertise to source it, then think about a visit to specialist online boutique Miratis, and picture the potter Emma Clegg hand-throwing a gorgeous, asymmetrical porcelain dish with a pale blue celadon glaze (£63), or glass-blower Jane Dorner using an intricate pâte de verre technique to create seven colourful nesting bowls with delicate, ragged edges (second picture, £750). Then, instead of a time-consuming trip to their studios, buy their work online.
The site’s designs are hand-picked by Miratis founder Lisa Harrison with the aim of bridging the gap between skilled artisans and shoppers looking for really special, handmade pieces. “It’s a prestige shop-window that will appeal to anyone for whom style and individuality is paramount but who is also time-pressed,” she says.
Fans of contemporary ceramics will be drawn to Clegg’s teapot (£80) with white porcelain flowers decorating the handle and Janet Stahelin Edmondson’s tall, porcelain jug (third picture, £210) etched with a Spanish lace pattern. Jane Dorner’s hand-blown Rondel Platter (£490) with its eye-catching, colourful swirl will tempt aficionados of classy glass. And I defy fashionistas to resist Uma Turan’s chic black beret with crystals (£260) and floppy velour wool felt hat (£260) in the Textiles section.
Look no further for one-of-a-kind gifts such as Ryan McClean’s oxidised silver napkin rings plated with fine gold (£320) and Miriam’s Hanid’s leaf-shaped, sterling silver tea-caddy spoon (£220). Need a wedding present? Splash out on Hanid’s glamorous, silver vase (first picture, £1,350) whose surface is hand-chased with flowing waves.
The site is easy to navigate via product, price, style or designer. Since many pieces are made to order, delivery times are clearly stated (some items are delivered within two days; others take three weeks). And if you really can’t find what you want, then contact the designer-makers via the website’s online commissioning form and work with them to create your own bespoke piece.