To get in the holiday spirit we're giving away a gift set in our signature rose and gold palette! This set includes two of our best selling handmade porcelain bowls, a not-available-in-stores porcelain and gold Lips ornament, and one of my latest commercial designs for Anthropologie, a painterly Mimira mug!
Giveaway is open to US residents only and closes 12/14 at 8 AM EST. Winner announced 12/14 via random selection. Good Luck!
Introducing Our First Scent!: Wintery Memories; a Limited Edition Hand-Poured Candle with Candlefish!
This holiday season we're introducing our first candle to the Suite One Studio shop! This time of year one of my greatest and simplest pleasures is sitting within the glow of flickering candlelight. Add a faux fur throw, fluffy slippers, an oversized sweatshirt and a mug of something steamy, and it's my dream evening at home. That simple feeling of domestic contentment is what I wanted to capture in scent.
I wanted a scent that stirred holiday recollections without being specifically pine scented, and a scent that was equally delicate, floral, earthy, and woodsy. I dreamed of a candle that men and women would purchase, without either group claiming it as "feminine" or "masculine" --instead this would be a scent that everyone felt connected to based on their own seasonal memories and holiday traditions. And I wanted a candle that could softly fill a room without a fog of perfume intoxication. Just a good, fireside in your favorite sweater feeling... but as a candle. A lot to put on a vessel of scented wax, I know.
I partnered with the passionate team of Chandlers (did you know that's what a candle maker is called?) at Candlefish in Atlanta to find the absolutely perfect scent for our first ever private label candle. This candle with its long, 50-60 hour burn time will carry you from the first winter chill until the days of deep thaw. Their team was knowledgable about every scent in their 100 candle library, and within a few sentences of my flourishing description our Chandler, Erin had pulled a small assortment of scents that hit those notes perfectly. It was impressive to see (and smell) my ideas set before me in simple glass jars and creamy white soy wax. How did they capture the essence of my most wintery memories and present it to me in candle form? Magic. And that's the feeling I want to share with you! Click below to learn more about this seasonal candle that's perfect for just about anyone on your list!
Tonight's restock is one you'll want to check out, even if you're here in The States preparing for tonight's firework festivities! This special restock features one-of-a-kind originals, samples, and prototypes that you won't catch anywhere else-- including here in the future!
One of the greatest takeaways from my years in business is to create what you wish existed. This is the approach I use in my ceramic studio and it was how I came to decide that I wanted to design a line of colorful, modern, handmade glassware.
I took to my sketchbook and painted a watercolor of the glass I wish existed. I wanted it to have bright color, but translucency. Be able to hold a deceptively hefty amount of liquid, while appearing and feeling lightweight in the hand. I wanted a clean, classic silhouette that hit modern sensibilities, but with a twist-- that's where the deep angle of the glass comes into play. I also wanted to design something that would be practical. Easy to handle, pass down the table, wash (dishwasher safe!), and store in the cabinet.
As you can see in the above photo, we made changes to the product design along the way. We dropped the angled belly to a lower point on the glass and straightened the walls of the glass to showoff the curve. These changes also made it easier to hold and created a better balance for the liquid filled glass.
I reached out to local glassblowers at STARworks and worked directly with glass artists, Joe Grant and Thoryn Ziemba to create these special pieces. We worked through multiple rounds of sampling, had a wooden mold custom carved to help with the hot glassblowing process, and put the product into production.
I'm so excited to share this project! I've wanted to work collaboratively with oil painter, Allie Snyder Dattilio on something for years. Her landscapes take my breath away! I love the uninterrupted openness of her skies, fields, and waterways which remind me of the rural Southern scenes from my college drives through Virginia. Her use of color and brushwork are phenomenal! See what I mean?
After years of exchanging emails and daydreaming about what a collaboration between the two of us could look like, cue brilliant idea, Allie suggested an online show. When she proposed we include artist, Beth Winterburn (whose work I LOVE) I knew we'd stumbled onto the idea. I mean just look at Beth's work! Watercolor washes, bold brushstrokes, and gold accents!
We decided to focus on a united color palette, which allowed us to create a cohesive collection despite our varied media. On instagram Allie and Beth and I shared sneak peeks of our works in progress with the hashtag #TheChiaroscuroCollection