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G&F Travel: Hanselmann Pottery

JAMES WEST sees beyond a ball of clay. Before he throws a shapeless mass onto a wheel, he envisions a functional piece of art: something that the user can enjoy, marvel at and actually use everyday. Cue Hanselmann Pottery. As master potter—a title which James bashfully denies—he transforms New Mexico clay into functional, durable stoneware for the home and table. And did we mention that the finished product is not only functional? It's downright chic offering up earth tones in all their speckled glory. This comes as no surprise as the neutral and raw color palette of the pieces mimic the region from where they came.