I hope this post finds you and your family happy and healthy at home.
We're living in a strange time.
I find myself enjoying my time at home while also caught in the staggering reality of why I'm home to begin with. I'm thinking of each and everyone of you and your families.
Here in Greensboro, North Carolina we began our Stay-at-Home order yesterday evening. In an abundance of caution, for weeks now Kim and I have only traveled to our private studio and back home.
We've begun settling into this new normal and I'm feeling abundantly filled with creativity and appreciation for you, my strongest supporters and fans who continue to make this dream business of mine possible.
We decided before the Stay-at-Home order to eliminate even our studio trips for now. We brought our most basic studio set-up home to the good ol' garage studio. If you've followed for years you know this is familiar territory for us.
From 2009 until February 2018 we worked and ran our entire growing business from our garage studio. Magazine features were shot there. Thousands and thousands of orders were fulfilled. All from a humble garage.
I still don't know how we did that. But we did! And I'm leaning on that foundation as we scale back and go leaner right now.
On that note, as we’re out of our usual studio routine and adjusting to this new normal right there with you all, this may be the last “normal” collection for a while.
As I shared in my last email, I will be painting with the goal of sharing my oil and watercolor works with you this spring (you should see all the canvas and paints I stocked up on!) and I'll be working on small ceramic editions fired in my tiny garage kiln-- the same kiln that I started this business with in 2009!
A few other important notes:
We’re still shipping as orders are placed.
Our ceramics are strong and durable and easy to sanitize with a disinfecting wipe or warmed in the oven to approx. 250 F, or washed with soap and water. (As always don't rigorously scrub that real 22k gold, but a gentle wipe is fine!)
Set those alarms on Monday, 3/30 for noon EST. I only made 7 bowls and my last collection of Lemon Platters sold out in a few hours! If you have your eye on a serving bowl, don't hesitate!
We appreciate your support through this time so much!! I can’t wait to share these stunning bowls with you on Monday at noon EST.
How is your new year going? We're loving 2020 so far! In the studio we've been working on our next few collections and we're thrilled to share that our Hand-Built Serving Bowl Collection is launching next week!
I hope you're wrapping up a beautiful summer and just as excited as I am for the upcoming season! This summer was filled with so many beautiful colors and textures, and the mark these experiences left on my work is evidenced in my Artist Originals from Summer 2019.
After releasing dozens of entirely one-of-a kind, never to be made again pieces this summer (not to mention hundreds of Made to Order dinnerware pieces) there are ONLY four pieces left to collect from my entire Summer 2019 Artist Original Collections.
These designs reflect the effortless elegance of summer days and casual evenings, but they're designed to look incredible on your table and in your home year round! Promise, that seaside inspired Amalfi Collection will steal the show on your holiday table this winter!
While we're talking about the holidays... Please note if you're looking to round out your collection of dinnerware staples, many of these items are now available Made to Order! We suggest getting an early start on curating and collecting for your Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas tables. Our tiny team of two produces a large assortment each holiday season yet we alwayssell out (thanks to you lovely people!). Our goal this year is to offer more Made to Order staples earlier in the season to help you secure your heirloom porcelain before it's gone!
As always thank you for your support! My small handmade business couldn't do what it does year after year without you!
After two months of glaze chemistry, glazing, firing, reformulating, retesting and many days of waiting for the kilns to cool this spectacular new color: French Blue is ready to grace your tables!
This color is inspired by the classic blue of French Antiquities. French Blue is a proven color with timeless appeal, yet it's also ready for a resurgence so it feels fresh and of the now. Classic + Newly Now is that special mix that only comes along every so often in design. It's what made Millennial Pink.. well, Millennial Pink.
I didn't know what I was doing when I started my business. I've learned SO much over the past decade. A major thing I've learned is that it helps no one when you pretend to have all of the answers. I've never been a professional marketer, redirected a struggling business, worked at Google, Apple, or walked away from a career that looked right but felt wrong. But you know who has? The authors I turned to when I knew my business needed a thoughtful overhaul.