Sometimes inspiration strikes and it doesn't totally align with our mantra of "Making Mealtimes Beautiful" and that's okay. Usually this comes in the form of my painting practice at home, an avenue of creative expression that I don't bring into the commercial side of Suite One Studio (well yet anyways!).
Right now I'm utterly fixated on making porcelain tiles to create a faux-wall to live behind my pottery wheel now that I've moved that into the commercial studio and out of my garage where it's been living.
Why a tile wall? There's the practical side that it'll be very easy to sponge away clay splatter messes while keeping the walls in the studio that we painstakingly painted a year ago looking fresh and new. And then there's the answer that basically any Millennial-run business probably considers: It'll look super good on instagram.
Not to mention I'm really enjoying the process of making the tiles and my little throwing corner needs some personality! By making the wall on removable panels it becomes movable and impermanent, which factored into the thinness of the tiles. If I ever make tiles for a permanent wall I'll make them thicker and heavier. (Just putting that out there if anyone wants to explore that project together in the future! I'm game!)
On instagram I've been sharing process photos from this project including this one above of those same glazed tiles before they were glazed, right after unloading them from a bisque firing.
Originally I planned to glaze the tiles all the same color, but while in the middle of glazing I felt inspired to mix it up a little by playing with my rose and white glaze. As more tiles come out of production I'm excited to rearrange them until I get the layout just right. I'll share the project as it unfolds right here on the blog and on instagram-- which if you're not already following I'd love to have you join me there! I share daily in my stories and feed, and you can catch all kinds of behind the scenes happenings!
Thank you all for supporting our growing studio this year! 2018 was big year of growth for us and we couldn't have done it without you! From moving into our very first commercial space 10 months ago, to hiring our first employee (hi Caroline!), and my new venture, The Studio Source cofounded with my friend (and incredibly talented oil painter, Allie Dattilio) this year has been filled to the brim with possibility. I can't wait to continue developing these potentials in 2019!
To celebrate our growth and prepare the shelves for all the new designs coming in 2019 we're running a 30% off sale on all orders $50 and up! Use code: ENDOFYEARTREAT at checkout to enjoy your special treat! Shop here! (Code ends 12/31/2018 at 11:59 PM EST.)
Just like every year, with the closing of a year comes the retirement of some designs. If there's something in stock that you've had your eye on all year now is the perfect time to make those coveted pieces yours before they're gone for good!
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This was one of the most exciting projects to land in my inbox all year! I had the opportunity to create an extra large Baroque Platter for Bon Appétit magazine to showcase their impressive holiday ham.
The project came with a few welcome challenges: A nearly unheard of in handmade pottery 6 day production lead-time from start to finish, and the platter needed to be able to comfortably hold an 18" ham. Our usual Baroque Platters measure at 14" long by 10" wide, so the customized version had to be much larger, which meant freehand carving the form instead of using the template I usually work from. I love to push the accepted limits of ceramics, so I was all in for these challenges!
The platter needed to make sense as a larger form, meaning it needed to proportionally increase in size, not only length. I started by working with a massive amount of clay, more than double the size I usually work with when making our standard Baroque Platters. This resulted in an adequately thick form that could be enlarged in all directions without composing structure, function, or design.
I made the form as an oval first to ensure my proportions could work within the size needed by the client. Please excuse the phone quality photos. I was so excited and in the flow working on this piece that I didn't grab my camera for a proper in process shot.
An 18" ham would need room on all sides to properly serve, and I needed to account for the near 13% shrinkage rate my porcelain undergoes from wet clay to the finished product three firings later. This platter was gigantic! Thankfully our largest kiln could accommodate it!
Below is the platter after carving, still very damp and drying on a plaster slab-- one of my tricks to dry the bottom of the thick clay at a faster speed to keep up with the tight deadline.
After completing the platter within record time, I shipped it up for the Bon Appétit team to style and shoot. I'm thrilled with the final product! The platter looks perfectly at home in this glorious feast and I now think I need to make extra large Baroque Platters a product in our shop! Would you use one for your holiday entertaining?
If you'd like to see this in person, pick up a copy of the December 2018-January 2019 Bon Appétit Holiday Issue!
Happiest of Holiday Wishes to you all!
Happy Holidays! Our 2018 limited edition handmade porcelain ornaments have hit the shop shelves!! This year's ornament designs are all about celebration and joy! I'm thrilled with the final result and the design process that lead us to these festive bottles of bubbly decked out in real 22k gold!
I began designing our 2018 ornaments over six months ago, and had more than a dozen variations throughout the prototyping process. Usually my design process is quicker, with fewer iterations but I was stumped on our 2018 ornaments. Admittedly, it's been a challenging year. We moved into our first commercial space in February and there has been a steep learning curve with that move. We took on overhead where we'd previously had none, hired our first employee, took on payroll, and the process of training our studio assistant all in a single blink. Turns out that's a lot to do at once. Duh, right? Then add into the equation that my commercial designs with Anthropologie are maturing, and we're working in the studio to keep our handmade line consistent yet fresh enough that it's exciting for us to make and for you to collect. Oh, and I started a brand new business, The Studio Source an online artist community with my friend and fellow artist, Allie Dattilio.
Okay so it was a big year with a lot of change, and I felt deeply in that change when I was designing. I think it's important to design work that truthfully resonates with my reality, trends I'm seeing, reactions I'm having in the present. How could I create an ornament that symbolized 2018... but in a positive, celebratory way? After all the changes are all good! They're big goals years in the making that were finally hit, and passion driven hardwork for future growth. Sure there challenging, and even hard at times but these are moments to celebrate! I can't think of a better way to have spent a year when I look at it that way.
Then it hit me: Bubbly. That's exactly the purpose champagne serves! We pop champagne to celebrate hard efforts that finally broke through to achievement! We deserve to celebrate, both the joy of the holiday season and our efforts this year!
Bubbly Ornaments are available in a classic green, black, and 22k gold Champagne bottle, and a rose pink, white, and 22k gold Rosé bottle! I hope you'll love them and their meaning just as much as I do! Click to shop here!
I love a good ceramic glaze. Glossy, colorful, painterly glazes are what Suite One Studio is known for and I receive messages about my glazes almost daily! I don't share my formulas directly because I think the hunt for a good glaze is a huge part of the process, and I'm not ever going to suggest you skip the hard stuff by handing out the answers. The hard stuff is where the learning happens and that's how you develop real skills.
So nope, I'm not sharing my glazes here. But I am sharing my favorite resources for learning about glazes, some of the best places on the internet to track down formulas you can try, and my favorite tools to get the job done right-- and by that I mean practicing dust safety and making informed decisions about which materials to do a little extra research about before you bring them into your studio. -- Did you know lead was regularly used in glazes many decades ago? There are some other materials out there that you probably want to avoid and you'll learn all about them through the resources below. Ready the jump in? Click below!