Mara Dawn Dockery is a freelance graphic designer with a midcentury sense of style. Most of her clients are small business owners, so Dockery likes to give back by supporting other small businesses too (not necessarily her clients) and buying her latest obsession—handmade ceramics—from them rather than visiting big box stores like Pier 1 Imports. She suggests seeking out vendors at events like Artsfest or Cider Days. “I think the handmade trend is in response to the modern styling, and I love it because it feels so much more personal,” Dockery says. Her favorite pieces are ones that don’t look perfectly formed, like ceramics with misshapen handles. Place them in a modern kitchen to warm up the room or use them as functional pieces like mugs, spoon rests and utensil holders.