Owner Jessie at the wheel at a Milwaukee Empty Bowls Charity event.
Owner Jessie at the wheel at a Milwaukee Empty Bowls Charity event.

I have always had a love for pottery…all shapes, forms, and techniques. I remember walking around art shows as a child with my mom absolutely enamored with all the colors, textures and designs of the various artists. Later on in college, I fell in love with the unpredictable nature of all that encompasses ceramics. I would find myself racing to the ceramics studio after my business classes, eagerly anticipating the unloading of the kilns. All these years later, I am still as excited to unload a kiln and see what awaits me. I believe I have found something truly exciting and fulfilling to do with my life. I strive to provide people with beautiful, handmade dishes and decorative pieces for their homes.

My passion for ceramic art has continued to grow stronger over the years. In my studio in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, I create original functional and decorative ceramic works. My pottery is made by hand on the wheel or slab built one at a time using durable white stoneware. Each piece is one-of-a-kind with a rustic, yet still contemporary look which I achieve through using modern glaze styles and colors, and multiple glaze techniques. I draw my inspiration from all things around me; beautiful fabrics, culinary arts, decorating trends, nature…you name it.

The collection you see today was inspired by a trip to the Museum of Modern Art in NY and standing in front of Gustav Klimt’s breathtaking work of art, Hope II. My breath was taken away. The details of his tiny circular patterns, bold color pallet…all lead me to this organic, bold collection you see today.

 

Olivia: studio slab queen, designer, babysitter ;)
Olivia: studio slab queen, designer, babysitter 😉

Olivia came to me with an impressive drawing and painting background from the Chicago Institute of Art and Design. In the 2 years she’s been with me, Olivia has moved rapidly from filing slab molds, to adding creative design insight, and executes hand-building with precision.  She loads and unloads kilns, safely packs shipments to our 125+ accounts, which is no easy task.  I joke that Olivia babysits me….she is wonderfully organized, calm, and always one step ahead of my needs in the studio…and excellent at finding the tools I lose hourly!