6 California-Made Gifts for the Wannabe West Coaster in Your Life


After months of passing by Denise Lopez’s open garage on our runs around Los Feliz and wondering what she was up to, we finally stopped to ask. A graphic designer by day, Denise started making ceramics as a hobby, throwing pots, plates, vases, palo santo burners and more in her tiny garage-cum-studio. We fell hard for her soft SoCal color palette (dusty pink, mauve, sand and stone) juxtaposed against raw, unglazed edges, and are proud to have been the recipient of her very first wholesale order. Food looks gorgeous in the Sedona bowl; flowers stand a little prouder in the sandy rose bud vase. Denise throws everything by hand, so each piece varies slightly, an effect we love. See something you love or want but isn’t for sale? Email Denise—she’s been known to make bespoke pieces on request.

Buy it: Sedona Bowl, $48; Joshua Tree Round Bud Vase, $55; Sandy Rose Bud Vase Trio, $45; Palo Santo Incense Holder, $65 at D Ceramics.

Photography: ALEX LAU