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Marked by his signature style of scaled-down pegs protruding from the bases, Daven Hee’s ceramic cups and bowls look neither Asian-influenced like most teacups nor completely Western–like the bowls one finds along the shameful shelves of Walmart. Rather, they are unassuming and contemporary–not impractically artsy, just uncommon enough.

Hailing from the time-honed skills of this Mid-Pac ceramic and pottery teacher, each piece is different from the next, varying just enough in height, color tone, and texture. The cups, glazed light blue ($28), and bowls in crisp ivory ($30) are displayed prominently at fishcake, a remarkable, low-key furniture hub located steps away from Ward Center. (Store details at bottom.)

Tiny Vessels

Miniature cups line another shelf at fishcake. At first glance, the cups and their patterns look identical, but under closer inspection, as co-owner Maura Fujihira shows me, every one of these whimsical porcelain teacups is distinctly unique.

Brought to life by the hands of Marie Kodama, a Honolulu-based potter who fires her pieces at the Moiliili Honolulu Potters Guild kiln, the teacups are sold for $11 apiece. They are perfectly sized for beverage breaks that double as tasteful drinking statements.

Not Your Typical Novice

Most of us are creatures of interest in convertible items. Take, say, the car, or tupperware pieces or even Transformers–things that fold down, transfigure and transmute. So it’s a majestic thing when newcomer (relatively) to the local pottery scene, Bryan Gonzalez, put out a set of salt pots that separate and fit seamlessly into themselves–a bit like Russian nesting dolls, except not as creepy, and actually functional.

Available for sale solely at fishcake, Gonzalez’s set of five black and white pots goes for a hefty six Benjamins, but from witnessing its impressive structural integrity, I am sure that we will be seeing many more options for sale in the future. Meanwhile, according to fishcake co-owner Maura Fujihira, the super-swank, hyped-up, private club concept restaurant Vintage Cave has bought up some of Gonzalez’s pieces, which will put them in the same venue as Picasso’s stuff.

Golden Circles

A potter’s got to do what a potter’s got to do. Cliches aside, Steve Martin–yes, spelt like the comedian, I’m sure he gets that often–is a local potter who continues to labor in his craft, even after the many years of Hawaii’s intermittent lack of an accessible kiln.

Martin channels his artistic energy into creating bold pieces, as seen with his bright, mustard yellow bowl collection ($40/piece), including a white mamo glaze plate ($200) and charming herb holder ($40), available for discovery at the Kakaako-located art hub, fishcake. All of his pottery are crafted in his Waiahole home, with this particular collection inspired by the dishes used in Kailua’s classy Prima restaurant, in partnership with Chef de Cuisine Kevin Lee.

fishcake, 307 Kamani St., Ste. C, open Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm; most Sun., 11am–4pm, [], 593-1231