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.

 I also love buying pieces that are specific to their culture. For instance, the Mexican Tibor (ginger jar) is a household standard throughout Mexico. And I recently bought some funky French pitchers that exude Provencial charm. These pieces work because people like incorporating the relaxed Mexican or French country look in their homes.

TEN: What would you say is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Emily: Meeting and getting to know the artists. I love to travel, but it is so much more fun when you have an object in mind. No matter where I am, I talk to locals about the art in their town… getting their personal opinions on the best ceramics and the best artists in the area. I always learn something new and usually find myself pointed in the direction of an amazing artist or family of artists.
Thanks Emily! Emilia Ceramics has been kind enough to do a Giveaway with the Eagle’s Nest of this beautiful Blue Simple Striped Vase. Perfect for a cluster of daffodils, daisies or even as a pencil holder on your desk.

You know the drill.
– Check out Emilia Ceramics‘ website and comment back with what your favorite item is.
– Must be a follwer of The Eagle’s Nest
– Additional entries for following Nest Studio on facebook.
– Giveaway closes on Saturday April 16 at 5pm (something to look forward to after handing in your taxes!)