Best Of 2019

Artist Susannah Tisue is the maker behind local handcrafted pottery brand SKT Ceramics, a line of porcelain pieces — mugs, vases, dishes, teapots and more — featuring charming illustrations of plants, animals and the occasional bits of architecture. Tisue founded her studio in Brooklyn, New York in 2006 after spending time as a resident artist at Greenwich House Pottery. Now based out of Cincinnati, her one-of-a-kind pieces are made of English porcelain and are either wheel-thrown or pressed and then screen-printed or hand-painted with Tisue’s original and whimsical line drawings. Each piece is then glazed and fired to create sturdy, rustic and food-safe works of daily art. Find a fuzzy bumblebee on a bud vase, a fox on a sake bottle or a grasshopper on a coffee mug — all coated in a calm, cool and signature celadon-colored glaze (other colors exist, too). Find SKT at Findlay Market Thursday through Sunday or at wholesalers like MiCA 12/v in Over-the-Rhine. SKT Ceramics, sktceramics.com.

Shops & Services


2. TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion

3. Tiny Needle Community Acupuncture

2. Wooden Nickel Antiques

3. Wild Things Antiques

Lynne & Lucille artist Kelli Fisher has been “making almost nothings into pretty somethings” since 2013. A transplant from Columbus, Ohio, Fisher specializes in jewelry crafted from the retired gear of local musicians. “I’ve always been a huge fan of music but have never been able to grasp the concept of actually playing it,” she says, “so making jewelry from recycled (and) unusable music materials and instruments is the way I have found to make my own version of music.” Check out her Etsy shop for necklaces and earrings made from shaped guitar strings and polished cymbal segments. She also utilizes hand-tooled leather and, occasionally, remains of the natural world: dig her popular rattlesnake vertebrae hoop earrings and African porcupine quill bar necklace. Lynne & Lucille, etsy.com/shop/lynneandlucille.

2. Cincinnati Art Museum

3. Silk Road Textiles

2. Michaels

3. Indigo Hippo

The fact that Continuum has held its own on Vine Street in OTR since 2015 is a prime example of the fact that Cincinnati is home to many humans who are interested in innovative, experimental and individual fashion. Shop owner Ericka Leighton is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning with a passion for embracing creativity and creating a space for others to explore their own, whether they’re makers or shoppers. Recently name-checked in Vogue, the shop’s entire vibe — from the neon pink logo to hanging plants and Vaporwave meets Art Nouveau eclecticism — meets the modern woman at the intersection of aspirational and attainable in style, silhouette and price point. Brands range from Paloma Wool and No 6 to Black Crane and Cold Picnic and run the gamut from boxy tops and 1980s jeans to cult mother apparel. Continuum also carries textiles, candles, jewelry, fragrances and artful publications to round out its lifestyle offerings. Continuum, 1407 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/continuumbazaar.

2. Joseph Toyota of Cincinnati

3. Kings Toyota

2. Courtesy Automotive

3. Joseph Toyota of Cincinnati

2. Donovan’s Auto & Tire Center

3. AAA | Bob Sumerel Tire & Service