Our darling designer Sally Blair, based in Lubbock, Texas brings you handmade tales written on stone with color and pattern.
We are ever so proud of working with her for she is drawn to the rich cultural history of ceramics and exceptionally blend the craft with a modern taste. We hope you enjoy her exquisite handmade porcelaneous stoneware as she pays homage to one of the best 20th-Century design schools.
Can we start by asking your story, how did you become a ceramic designer, Sally?
I was introduced to ceramics at Texas Tech University where I was studying art history. I was satisfying my studio credits with a 3D design class. Our last project was a self-portrait made out of clay. After that project, I switched my major to ceramics before I even took a ceramics course. It was an instant obsession the first time I worked with the material that has only grown since that 3D design class. I am drawn to the rich cultural history of the material and also the technical challenges that present themselves every day working with clay.
You have collections named after places such as Jemez, Chama, Santa Fe. Is this a dedication to your routes?
As a New Mexico native, these are all places that have been significant to me growing up. Although I have moved to Texas, I continue to be inspired by the stark landscapes of New Mexico. I still frequent these locations when I need to purchase clay supplies or visit my family. There is a connection to the color patterns and the locations, but you might have to take a road trip to connect the dots.
Your designs are very colorful, almost like Miro paintings. How much are you inspired by other art forms?
I have always had a soft place in my heart for the formal tenants of the Bauhaus movement. Creating vessels that satisfy a particular function informs the Bauhaus notion of true materials and functionality, but I also consider the patterns to be an homage to this style.
In a world of mass production, what is the importance of hand-made tales?
In a world of mass production, hand-made objects have value because they can change the way that we live, they can inspire daily rituals that remind us to slow down, connect to others and enjoy the ride.