They say that simple can be harder than complex, a concept that really resonates with me when I consider the work of today’s maker. In my day to day life, I try to surround myself with well made items that quietly boast their worth with quality. Well that’s what the extremely talented designer and ceramicist, Paper & Clay is all about!
Her pieces are modern functional ceramics that are both stunningly beautiful, with glazes carefully developed from scratch, and very usable at the same time. Whether it’s a simple white mug, or speckleware bud vase, her ceramics add something very special to your routine.
tell us a bit about what you do – your process, your materials, what inspires and drives you.
I make modern utilitarian ceramics that are inspired by Scandinavian design. I love the marriage of soft colors and clean lines. I primarily use porcelain in my work, but occasionally like to try out new clay bodies too. The majority of my current work is handthrown, but I’m slowly moving to slip casting, which will free up my hands a bit so that I can dive into the role of designer first and foremost. I love creating a perfecting new designs!
what is your favorite holiday tradition?
My family lives all over the country so we never really established normal Holiday traditions. I do love this time of year though, and I’m starting to create some of my own traditions. I love baking and gifting, and a learned last year that I really enjoy hosting Thanksgiving. I think my favorite think to do this time of year is have a bonfire outside with a cup of homemade hot chocolate. And of course there’s an obligatory screening of Elf.
what’s your favorite gift to give?
I’m all about the gift box. I love putting together a collection of thoughtful gifts for my friends. I always end up including Shotwell Candy, some yummy coffee like Stumptown, and allllll the paper goods.
how do you maintain your creative process through the hectic holiday season?
When I figure that out, I’ll let you know! Just kidding. Kinda. It’s honestly really tough to do this time of year. I find that the best way to maintain sanity is having support from my friends and family (shout out to Barry for making dinner, cleaning and walking our pup pretty much every day for the past month!). Next year I’m going to work in mandatory days off to reboot. It’s always a learning process.
any resolutions for the new year?
I don’t really do NYRs but I always like to reflect back on the year and see where I can make improvements and where I should take a moment to enjoy a success or two. Going into 2016 I definitely have a few goals, the first of which is to recover from the holidays! And eat out less!
Notes: Shop re-stock coming 12/13, last day to order for 12/24 delivery is 12/18.
images via paper & clay.
Check out all 12 Makers of Christmas: all roads | candelles | colore´ grace | friedasophie | même | moulton | morning ritual jewelry | paper and clay | rebecca atwood | suite one studio | third eye assembly | yield design co.
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