Sarah Woodson / Downing Pottery - Seattle
In summer 1999 Sarah took her first pottery class. Starting as a weekend dabbler, she spent more and more time at the studio until it eventually became a job. Fast forward a decade and its the only job she wants to do. Lucky for all of us, as Sarah's adorable Neighborhood mugs have been such a hit, that she now focuses all of her time to keep up the demand. Besides mugs, Sarah also specializes in functional and modern pottery, from bowls to platters and vases.
Angie Henrich / Zetamari - Seattle
What began in 1998 with creating mosaics for private collections and public spaces, has sparked a passion for this ancient art form led Angie to study with masters in Italy, Spain, and the US, where she was instilled with a pride of workmanship and technique that is evident in each hand-crafted piece. Angie aspires to bring the joy of spirit she feels with the creation of each piece to the home of others.
Jennifer Ledrick / Jennifer Spring Ceramics - Redmond
Modern handcrafted ceramics
Jennifer creates modern ceramics for the home and entertaining. She is drawn to patterns, textures, bold colors, and designs that enhance the touch experience that clay invites. She loves to create work that is beautiful to look at, but ultimately, functions well. For example, many of her cups have comfort spots, whether it be a cutout at the top of the handle for your thumb or indents on the side that cup your hand.
She uses a combination of ceramics techniques to get the best outcome, including slip casting, hand building, and wheel throwing. Many of her mugs and cups are made with slip cast for consistency and her larger vases and platters are primarily wheel thrown.
Jennifer discovered ceramics in 2000 at Lily in the People in Ballard. The connection was immediate, and even though she took a long break from it to pursue a career in marketing creative services, it drew her back again in 2009. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University, but gained most her ceramic experience from local studio classes in Redmond and Pottery NW.
Mutsuko Mitsui / Flying Cat Creations - Seattle
Whimsical Handmade Ceramic Pieces
Mutsuko Mitsui of flyingcat creations makes you smile and ponder with her works of clay, paper and ink. Her styles very from her native Japanese traditional forms to whimsical cartoon sketches.
Caitlin Ross / Caitlin Ross Ceramics - Seattle
Handmade Ceramic Art
Caitlin accidentally took her first pottery class while attending college, as a drawing and dance major, in upstate New York. After a spill down the stairs led to a fractured metatarsal, she begrudgingly enrolled in an intro to wheel throwing class (everything else was full by then). What started as a last resort became an excellent outlet for the multitudes of unspent energy contained in an injured dancer. It combined the visual artistry she craved as a draftsman, and the physicality she so badly needed as a movement artist. Eventually, she found herself skipping ballet class to work in the studio.
At the end of that year, she made an impulsive decision to drop out and move to the west coast. She bought a plane ticket for two weeks from that day, and soon found herself on San Juan Island, where she immediately got a job working for a professional potter.
After a brief stint in Seattle (earning her BA in Dance from the University of Washington), she established her own pottery studio on San Juan Island, and teaches dance in her free time.
Her current collection, The Salish Sea Collection, is inspired by the island’s hypnotic beaches, glistening meadows, and the lovely mountain that she works and lives on; all rock faces, moss, tall grass, and evergreens.
dorotea / Carolina Silva - Vashon Island
Handmade Ceramic Designs
Carolina Silva is a Spanish artist living in Vashon Island. She studies History of Art in Madrid and Paris and received a Fulbright scholarship to do her MFA at San Francisco Art Institute.
She works with different media, mainly drawing, installation and sculpture. She is interested in the transformation and perception of space through art and the poetic dimension in the quotidian.
In 2012 she started working with ceramics and launched dorotea. Inspired by patterns found in nature, each piece has a handmade quality yet meets functionality and is designed for everyday use.