Art certainly doesn't have to serve a purpose—but it can be nice when it does.
Idaho native Gerald Arrington's stoneware ceramic sculptures live right in the sweet spot where aesthetics and utility meet.
At first glance, his pieces appear to be beautiful still-life collections of river rocks and branches. Look closer to discover a stone is actually a salt shaker; a driftwood stick is the porcelain handle of a teapot.
Each piece is hand crafted on a potter's wheel by Arrington, who developed his technique for creating realistic rock shapes and textures over years of study in the Wood River Valley, where he was inspired to combine his artistic talents with a love of geology.
Although the pieces can be pricey, each is beautiful, useful and entirely unique.