SECONDS SALE on July 19!

I'm having an open studio & seconds sale this week!

Thursday, July 19 from 6:30-8:30pm

201 Richards street in Red Hook


*Photo from Elizabeth Suzann*

 

Pop up shop June 15 - 23!

I have spent all of 2018 so far planning, designing, and producing a new line of dinnerware, and I am so excited to celebrate the launch with y'all. On Thursday evening, June 14, I'll open up the studio to celebrate the new three piece set: a small 6" plate for bread, snacks, or dessert, a revamped 10" dinner plate, and a cereal / breakfast bowl. Come by to see the shapes, colors and finishes in person, and to have a drink! Following the opening, the collection will be available at a pop up shop near my studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, from the 15 - 24th of June. The pieces will also be available on my website on June 15.

This launch has been a long time coming; my first foray into outside production was in 2016 when I designed a dinner plate for the RAM Press. You can read about my experience with RAM here and even see a video of the press at work! Last year I added a new shape, the shallow bowl, and this year I'm taking my biggest step yet: offering a full dinnerware set. It's been an exciting challenge for me to figure out how to scale my production in a way that feels natural to me. This past April I drove 2200 miles in four days to visit the manufacturers who are producing these pieces, and I'm so proud to be a small part of a continuation of the rich history of American pottery manufacturing. I'm excited to share more of this story, along with photos and videos I took on my trip, in the coming months.

Hope to see you there!

 

Pop up shop: Friday, June 15 - Sunday, June 24

12-6pm at 390 Van Brunt street, Red Hook

 

How to get pots for Christmas :-)

There’s three big opportunities to snag pottery gifts this season, if you’re interested! SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 : holiday sale at Dusen Dusen’s studio in Williamburg with pals Cold Picnic! I won’t have many ‘seconds’ but I’ll be offering special in-person pricing ADDRESS: 178 Hope street from 2-6pm   TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 : huge webshop […]

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Shallow bowls, at long last!

The short story:

I’m launching a new piece to my webshop today! It’s an everyday bowl, the type of dish I like to eat every meal out of at home, instead of a plate. It’s made from a warm brown stoneware, measures 8″ x 2″, and is dishwasher and microwave safe. It’s available in Ocean (blue swirl) or Squid (black swirl). Click here to shop!

Now, for the long story…

 

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New lights for Tonchin New York!

It’s such a pleasure to work with Carpenter & Mason, this time for Tonchin New York. Thanks to Dezeen for mentioning the custom ceramic light fixtures I made for this project! Read the whole piece here.

 

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DVF Collaboration

I was asked by DVF to create a body of work inspired by their fall prints, and it was such a fun challenge for me. You can see the results in person at their Soho flagship store, and soon in the LA Grove store as well. Read more about it and watch a video of me […]

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Exclusive pink mugs for ban.do!

Ban.do asked me to make some pink designs for them, and I’m really happy with the results! Check out all the pieces here

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Potters in Protest Ice Cream Social Sept 9!

*UPDATE!!*
We sold 123 bowls and raised nearly $5K for the CCR! Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the success of this event!

 

The next event in the Potters in Protest series is coming up on September 9!

 

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WORKSHOP on June 15!

Join illustrator Leah Goren and me for an evening of plate painting in my studio! June 15, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. All painting supplies including brushes and underglaze will be provided, along with wine, snacks, and floral arrangements to draw from. Each guest will receive a blank stoneware dinner plate to paint on.  After the workshop your plate will be glazed with a clear food-safe glaze and will be shipped to you. Shipping is included with the price of the workshop. If you would like to paint more than one plate additional plates are available for purchase at the event.

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Hope to see you there!

 

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Pop up shop and show for NY Design Week! 5/18-20

I could not be more excited to share that my good friend Dusen Dusen (home goods and textile designer extraordinaire) and I are renting a storefront in Manhattan during Design Week and hosting a pop up show and shop! We’re creating an immersive installation showcasing our new collections, along with special collaborative pieces made specifically […]

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Beeswax Candle Launch!

Last winter I was experimenting with making ceramic candlestick holders. They were really fun to make, but challenging to get them to survive all the firing steps, and time consuming too. After realizing they would end up retailing at too high a price point to really make sense, I got the idea to make the candlestick into the candle itself. What followed was several months of trying to DIY something that was really above my pay grade, and then finding a couple of experts who could actually make the idea come to life.

 

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New process for a new dinner plate line!

I’ve never offered dinner plates regularly before because as any potter will tell you, they’re a bear. You need a lot of clay for each one, then you have to trim a lot off of the bottom after you throw them, and then they need to dry very slowly to avoid warping or cracking. Other potters I’ve talked to say they break even on plates, and there’s always a lot of seconds. Also, unlike a mug, which doesn’t bother me if they’re 1/4″ different in height, I think for function’s sake it’s important to have plates be relatively consistent, so they stack well in your cupboard.
For this reason I decided to try out RAM pressing for my dinner plate line! A RAM press is a hydraulic press that uses 60 tons of pressure to press soft clay into a mold. Several months ago I made a bunch of plate samples on the wheel and sent them to a ceramic manufacturer in California. He made a steel mold of my best plate, and sent me back a sample from the press. There was a bit of back and forth to tweak them to be exactly as I wanted, but once we got it down, he produced several hundred plates in just 3 days on the press. Then he bisqued them (fired them to a low temperature so they’re ready to be glazed) and then packed them up on a pallet to me. Now I have blank canvases, white stoneware plates ready to be glazed.
I spent all summer experimenting with glaze chemistry and testing out palettes. All the plates will be glazed to order in my studio. It’s my first time ever working with a manufacturer outside my own studio, but I’m excited to learn how to grow my small business in a way that feels natural to me. A great benefit of making my plate line this way, besides consistency, is that they will be priced significantly lower than if I threw them on the wheel.
As for the colors, I was very much inspired by growing up with mismatched Fiestaware dinner plates and setting the table being aware of which of the four of us got which color, and when we had more people over, not repeating colors next to each other. So the set of four mismatched plates is what I’m most excited about. Then I have the Artist’s series plates, which was one of the very first colorways I ever offered when I first started selling my work almost four years ago. I also of course wanted to include my Ocean colorway, one of my favorite surface designs. And last but not least, I found a matte cobalt glaze that I had to include!
To check out the whole finished collection click  HERE.
And here’s some photos and video of the process it took to get the plates to me:

 

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Collaboration with Ariele Alasko

It’s been such a pleasure over the last couple years to collaborate with my friend, the talented woodworked Ariele Alasko. Yesterday we had our final in person sale before she leaves New York, and tomorrow morning a few pieces will be for sale online, on her webshop, at 11am NY time.

 

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Valentines day pop up and PARTY !

I made some special pieces for a Valentine’s themed pop-up at The Primary Essentials — there will be a little party on Thursday night and the collection will be available for sale all weekend long.

*also featuring:*

Hand painted cards from The Great Lakes Goods

Homemade cookies and chocolates from Todd Heim Projects

Special edition arrows from Fredericks & Mae

Hope to see you Thursday!

 

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Exclusive pieces for KM

I made two limited-edition and exclusive pieces for Kauffmann Mercantile: a hanging planter and a colander. They also did a studio visit and interview! Check it out HERE

 

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Empty Bowls Recap

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to eat chili this past Sunday! We raised $2,786 for City Harvest.
And many thanks to the people who made this happen:

HOST WITH THE MOST

  • Vinegar Hill House

RESTAURANTS

  • Ciao for Now
  • Vinegar Hill House
  • Meatball Shop
  • Mission Chinese

POTTERS

  • Clam Lab
  • Nicholas Newcomb
  • Leigh Forsstrom
  • Whittney Klann
  • Brooke Winfrey
  • BDB NY
  • Virginia Sin

 

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EMPTY BOWLS this Sunday 11/22!

I’m organizing an ‘Empty Bowls’ charity dinner this Sunday!
Come enjoy a CHILI COOK-OFF this Sunday at Hillside, featuring Mission Chinese Food, The Meatball Shop, Ciao For Now & Vinegar Hill House in hand crafted bowls made by CLAM LAB, Nicholas Newcomb Pottery and Sculpture, Object and Totem, BTW Ceramics, BDB and MORE!

$40 suggested donation for chili and you get to take your new bowl home, or $20 for just the chili.
All proceeds benefit hunger fighting charities in NYC.
No reservations, first come first served, 5pm & 7pm seatings.
70 Hudson avenue in Brooklyn.

 

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Seamore’s NYC lighting

I worked as a waitress and bartender at The Meatball Shop for many years, and the owners Dan and Mike always took me back after I quit to support my art, then ran out of money and came back. So it means a great deal to me to be able to make these light fixtures […]

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Cheeseboard Animals

I had so much fun with Thing Industries making these tiny porcelain animals to identify different cheeses on a cheese board. Thanks for asking me to do it!

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Show recap

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the show at The Primary Essentials! And thank you to Bruichladdich for making the event possible.
Artist’s statement after the jump…

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New collection of work for Bruichladdich

I’ve been working for months on a collection of work commissioned by Bruichladdich. Last summer I went on a road trip from New York to New Mexico, making stops all along the way to visit the factories that produce my clay and glazes, meet other potters, and collect raw materials that I was hoping to […]

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March 2015 Lucky Magazine

Thanks for the mention, Lucky!

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Winter in Los Angeles

Helen Levi Ceramics is spending the coldest months of the year in Los Angeles! Production will continue with a focus on exploring high temperature gas firings. Looking forward to sharing the new work with you, and picking back up with my full catalogue of work in New York in April.

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Dishes for Vinegar Hill House

I’m so pleased to have made these bowls for the fantastic Vinegar Hill House. They’ll be used for specials, so make sure you order off the menu when you go.

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RACHEL COMEY pop-up 12/10!

Very proud to be part of the Rachel Comey flagship’s ceramics pop-up shop. Opening this wednesday December 10th at 11am, with cocktail party at 5pm. The biggest bowl I’ve ever made is there! 95 Crosby street in Manhattan.

 

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Mini collection for Duo

I made this little collection for Duo NYC, a store just a block away from where I was born.

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Ocean dinner set for Totokaelo

Very proud of this three piece porcelain dinner set I made, now available exclusively through Totokaelo

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Visiting Islay!

Fresh on the heels of my all-American road trip, I went to Islay, Scotland, to visit the folks at Bruichladdich and learn about their process. I discovered an incredible landscape and the warmest community of people, as well as the most handsome cows I’ve ever seen. Here’s a few snaps from film, more to come…

 

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New York Sushi Ko

I am so proud to have made all the dishes for New York Sushi Ko, an omakase style sushi restaurant in Manhattan. I made 200 pieces, including cups, chopstick holders, and plates in seven styles for the seven course tasting menu. The food there is out of this world, learn more here

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