A sign of a good store is being able to walk in and discover things you have never seen before and that you want very badly. That was one of the joys we had when checking out Individual Melody in Abbot Kinney, which we spoke about earlier this week. There were lots of goods we had not seen before in the store and the work of A Question of Eagles stood out most. The brand is an LA based ceramics and jewelry company: we are big fans of their stoneware.
A Question of Eagle’s stoneware are very earthy. They’re color blocked and mimic natural colors, many of which are placed atop of very pure, clean clay bases that accent the paint. There are often carved embellishments added to pieces, little etched patterns that provide movement and variety to their shiny surfaces. They come in glazed and matted finishes and are very basic, which is very much appreciated. As you can see in the photos, they are almost made specifically to house your favorite succulent(s).
The pieces look like they were pulled out of a late 1970s ceramics studio. Employing speckled glazes and rusts to their pots, this mood of another time period is enforced even more. Their simplicity also continues that idea. When you add in their quilts and homemade jewelry, you almost begin to question which era these goods are coming from. The brand comes from jeweler Melissa Tolar and artist Jonathan Ballak, a duo whose brand has lived in Illinois, Oregon, New York, and now California. They’ve obviously been drawing from American landscapes and maker cultures.
Their goods are all made in LA with the exception of the quilts, which are stitched with love by Melissa’s mom Marcia in Illinois (which is an adorable touch). If you’d like to see a few of their goods in person, please stop into Individual Medley in Atwater Village. You can find out more about the brand here. Shop their goods on their Big Cartel page, too.