We stopped by ceramicist Ben Medansky’s downtown LA studio to catch a glimpse of his latest creations before they hit the kiln. In collaboration with Poketo’s Pop-In @ Nordstrom, Ben crafted an exclusive lantern adorned with Poketo-inspired geometric cutouts in his signature speckled stoneware clay. Like all of his work, each lantern is made entirely by hand and goes through the tireless process of molding, drying, resting, and firing before it is complete. A single piece can take up to a month to finish, but we all know Ben wouldn’t have it any other way. A limited number of lanterns will be released on poketo.com early next week—in the meantime, you can sneak a peek of the works in progress below.

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