Recently, I was introduced to Emilia Ceramics. Emily Brown, the creator of the line carries a beautiful range of ceramics made in Italy, France, and Mexico. I asked Emily to tell us a little bit about her line and what inspires her.
Emily: After living in in Southern Spain, I fell in love with the people there, who live life at a slower pace and really appreciate the important things, like spending quality time with each other and embracing their country’s traditions. I hoped that if I shared their work with people back home, maybe our country would learn to slow down a bit and appreciate life’s little pleasures.
I am fascinated by both the similarities in pieces from one country to the next each and the way each culture put it’s own spin on the technique. And today, artists continue to interpret the traditional craft and add their own fresh, modern style to it. I love how ceramic art combines function with beauty — enabling it to tell so much about where it comes from. I am always looking for new artists and am very open to exploring new countries in the future.
The Eagle’s Nest: What do you look for in the pieces that you source?
Emily: My mom is my best customer, so one of the first questions I ask myself is “would mom buy this?” She is an artist and loves being able to use ceramic artwork everyday, so it’s a good guideline, forcing me to be sure a piece is both beautiful and functional. And those are the best sellers — the plates that make everyday meals more festive; the colorful bowl that looks great on display and when filled with salad; the footed platter that makes a stand alone statement, but doubles as a fun way to serve breakfast pastries or dessert.
TEN: What would you say is the most rewarding aspect of your job?