Ceramicist Reinaldo Sanguino Makes a Splash

Pop goes the chair, in colorful ceramic.

The Instagram account of ceramist Reinaldo Sanguino (29,000 followers and counting) might remind you of a certain scene in Ghost. The Venezuelan-born artist (and CrossFit enthusiast) often posts pictures of himself working shirtless in his New York studio, his chiseled abs covered in clay. “It’s not something you can take too seriously,” he says.

But his ceramic furniture, emblazoned with vivid, splashy colors, is no joke: He’s represented by the Future Perfect gallery, where his one-of-a-kind pieces (from $4,850; thefutureperfect.com) are favored by designers such as Kelly Behun and Peter Marino. “Everything I do is a by-product of how the glaze behaves,” he says. “I let the materials dictate what I’m doing.” He learns from mistakes but finds beauty in accepting the final outcomes. “That’s why they feel so easy,” he says. “They don’t look forced.”