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!
Something a little (okay, a lot) different was happening behind the scenes the past few months and it's finally ready to hit the shop! My adventures with brown stoneware, a clay about as different as it gets from our smooth white porcelain was well documented the past few months on instagram. I grabbed 50 pounds of this speckled brown clay on a whim and threw a collection of unique forms that all pushed me out of my comfort zone. Some a big, some tall, some curvy, so squat.. the challenge for this collection was to make something different without hesitation. What a challenge that was! Read all about the collection and what I learned about myself as an artist through the making of this limited edition by clicking below!
Art and design lovers this one's for you! I've joined two of my favorite brands, Chairish and Jojotastic to create a truly spectacular giveaway to celebrate reader appreciation over on Joanna's site, Jojotastic! I'm a longtime fan of Joanna's and we've even become friends in real life over the years, taking turns hosting each other in our homes for visits despite living on opposite sides of the country. The internet can seriously introduce you to amazing people you'd otherwise never know!
You've asked for this product for years, and we now have the production abilities to make it happen! Meet our new Salad Plates! Each porcelain plate is handmade in our small Greensboro, North Carolina studio, bisque fired in the kiln, glazed with our handmade glaze, fired in a glaze firing, hand-painted with gold, and then fired a final time in the kiln. So much time, heat, and love goes into each and every piece! The results are durable, high gloss, genuine gold decorated porcelain plates!
Food52 loves food, and so do we. That's the simplest way to sum up this exciting collaboration and why it's one of my favorites to date! I design every piece of tableware with the food it'll one day serve in the forefront of my mind. Function is central to my design process. All the little details like the weight of a piece both empty and when piled high with food, the curve of the rim to properly contain the food, the glaze color and texture... it all comes back to the food and how the porcelain will work with it.
You may remember I previously designed and handmade exclusive porcelain tableware products for Food52 from 2013-2015. We had so many great hits together (read about a few of my favorites on the blog here and here) that we decided to partner up again!
This time around I designed three products destined for celebratory holiday tables. I kept the forms simple to focus on the pure, raw beauty of the porcelain clay. The undersides remain unglazed in our signature fashion, creating a non-porous surface from the high-fired porcelain. The interiors in contrast are decorated with the glossiest glaze around (our secret in-house formula) and finished with painterly splatters in real, 22k gold.
The Gold Splatter Serveware Collection debuted this week and we hope that you'll love this food-centric porcelain pottery just as much as we do! Click here to shop the collection which includes: mini bowl for condiments, serving slab, and an oval platter all entirely handmade with sparkling gold details.