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In the second installment of our LA Photo Diaries, we asked our in-house photographer, Kourtney Jackson, to share a selection of images that she’s taken in and around her hometown of Los Angeles, or that she feels are evocative of the city itself. keep reading

For the first installment of our Poketo Playlists, we asked Zach and Emily Martin of Rhode Island-based design studio Interior Theatre to compile a diverse list of songs that give an overview of their wide range of tastes, from Japanese composer Susumu Yokata to Romanian cimbalom player Toni Lordache. keep reading

Melanie Abrantes believes that in order to create something beautiful, you have to get your hands dirty. The Bay Area-based designer makes captivating, highly functional objects including bowls, plates, and spoons from a diverse set of unique materials, such as cork and native california woods. We asked the designer to give us a tour of her Oakland, CA studio, where she has a showroom in the works as well as a line of lighting and furniture. keep reading


A gentleman napping in Santa Monica

We’ve really been celebrating the ceramic works of potter Helen Levi the past few weeks at Poketo, so we thought we would highlight another one of her talents: photography. Helen originally started selling her ceramics as a means to support her photography, and while these days she stays busy on the potter’s wheel, she hasn’t lost her eye or her talent behind the lens. We asked the multifaceted artist to share a few of her favorite images that she has taken during her time on the left coast. keep reading

On the 27th of February we celebrated the opening of 66 Mugs at the Poketo Flagship, an installation of new work by the Brooklyn-based ceramicist Helen Levi. Made during her residency in Los Angeles, the collection of mugs was the result of an exploration in using local clay and gas firing, which created some unexpected, albeit rather beautiful results. We weren’t alone in thinking so – LA’s design community came out in droves, and most of the mugs were snatched up within the first hour. keep reading

For Brooklyn-based ceramicist Helen Levi what started as a childhood hobby has turned into a full-fledged career. Approaching her work in ceramics as the creation of humble and functional objects rather than as a means of self-expression has allowed her to keep a certain distance and detachment from the results (and the individual pieces themselves) that has been crucial to her success. In advance of the opening of her exhibition at the Poketo Flagship, 66 Mugs, we took a visit to Helen’s Los Angeles studio, where she has been hiding out from the New York winter and creating a new body of work that is the result of exploration in local materials and firing techniques. keep reading

Poketo is pleased to present 66 Mugs, an exhibition of work made during NYC-based ceramicist Helen Levi’s residency in Los Angeles. Through an exploration of local materials and firing techniques and a heavy reliance on experimentation and unplanned shapes, Helen has created a study of mugs that are a reflection of both her artistry and her surroundings. keep reading

On the 17th of February an intimate group of creatives gathered in the Apt. Suite at The LINE Hotel for a casual conversation with Jean and Dylan of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio and Brit Kleinman of AVO. In-between socializing, a moderated discussion was held that addressed the topics of collaboration, exploration and production as they relate to design. keep reading

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