A potter at her desk.

Image: Teri Gelber

"Industrious" is an understatement for the Rockett family who relocated to Portland in 2008. Since then, Lilith and her husband Eliot have transformed a Northeast lot into their own little Portland paradise, complete with bee hives, chickens, outdoor tub, ceramic studio and office loft. Their 1920’s bungalow, filled with art and modern vintage furnishings, is warm and friendly. Lilith’s ceramics are scattered here and there amidst her collection of other artists (some she used to represent at her gallery, Flux, in Los Angeles, pre-Portland) like Ayumi Horie, Roger Herman, Kim Yong Yoon, Adam Silverman, and Ani Kasten.

Through the kitchen and out the back door, is the the small maze of a backyard. Concrete planters, a porcelain bathtub, the barbeque, and a bright yellow slide seem to be randomly placed, but as you look more closely, you realize this personal arrangement makes perfect sense. Twelve feet across the wooden decking is a converted garage with French doors bringing the outdoors into Lilith’s studio. Inside, a black spiral staircase takes us into Eliot’s office that doubles as guest room, complete with tiled water closet and sink.

Inside Lilith’s studio, not a square inch is wasted. Amidst the kilns, glazes and tables, neatly organized shelves hold the porcelain bottles, tea cups, pedestals, and bowls. Contemplative and quiet at first, Rockett’s minimalist objects ask us to wait, to feel and to find something else; There is a deeper domestic beauty here. Their practical functions beckon us to drink from them, eat off of them and collect groups of these captivating objects. The combinations and arrangements are what intrigue Lilith,"It’s the relationships that happen between them, the conversations…" she beams.

Rockett’s work is available on her website and at Canoe in Portland. In Seattle, at Kobo, and at OK in Los Angeles and at Vancouver Special in B.C.