Collection: Humble Matter

John Born started Humble Matter in 2014 after escaping from the world of advertising.  Not a New York native, but definitely a transplant who's taken hold, John has lived in Brooklyn since moving to New York in 1993.  John has a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

At the heart of functional ceramics is the creation of proxies for humans--vessels that reference the original vessel. They become the tools which improve upon or do the work we cannot do: carry water, store food, display items of beauty or value. These are jobs as old as time, and bonds which connect the past to the present; the present to the future; and ultimately, the future back to the past. Humble Matter pieces use a vocabulary of repeated shapes in an attempt to create archetypal forms that feel like an inevitable part of this continuum. They not only serve a purpose as functional pieces, but as talismans that ground us in the magic and importance of everyday objects and rituals in an increasingly disconnected and digitized world.

Products by Humble Matter

  • HUMBLE MATTER MEDALLION 2 VESSEL H17.5" x W14" x D6"
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  • HUMBLE MATTER PHOENIX VESSEL H12" x W12"
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  • HUMBLE MATTER CHALICE BOWL H9" x Ø9.5"
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  • HUMBLE MATTER SACREMENT VESSEL H10.75" x W13' x D6"
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