Woman sculpts pottery for food photographers around the world
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She didn’t reach out to them. There were no suggestions that it was the way her glazed pottery should be used.
It just happens that food photographers found Lindsay Emery’s bowls on Etsy and began using them in their work.
"Started communicating with them about what they needed, different colors, different glaze finishes, sizes and shapes," said Emery from Suite One Studio.
Now, a couple of years into selling pottery full-time, Emery and her Suite One Studio work with about thirty food photographers and stylists.
"All over the country, all over the world. I ship to Australia pretty often, Spain, some food photographers over there, L.A., Boston, New York,” she said.
That business and the exposure received are a couple of positives, but the association has also inspired Emery to refine and shape her entire line.
"I think that's helped me to really refine what I'm making, to make crisp, clean pieces that look beautiful on the table and look beautiful with food, and I think that that really translates into the consumer market too,” she said.
Everything that comes from Emery is produced in this house on a quiet street in Greensboro.
It’s a home studio, but parts are much more studio than home.
"This used to actually be my living room, but it's the biggest room in the house, and it just started to make sense that the biggest room in the house, fill, you know, be filled with the biggest thing in my life,” said Emery.
A college course eight years ago provided enough knowledge that Emery knew she had found her calling.
Since then, nearly every day has been devoted to developing the craft.
"It's really tactile, it just, it's in your hands from start to finish and I like the idea of taking absolutely nothing, just starting with a big blob of clay and turning it into something that's functional and beautiful,” said Emery.
The art of throwing and firing pottery is ages old, but by creating contrast with a rainbow of glazes, Emery has applied her own special touch.
"Modern, clean, colorful is another word that I like,” she said.
Emery sells only online right now, with her prices based on cost of materials, the time a piece takes and its complexity.
"My bowls, I'd like people to use them every single day, so I don't want to sell my bowls for $500,” she said. “I'd like to sell them at a price-point that people can enjoy.”
With food photographers and all the other regular customers buying her bowls and plates, Emery says she is busier than she’s ever been.
She quickly adds, however, that she has more energy than ever before.
“It doesn't feel like work,” said Emery. “It just feels like breathing. It's just part of what I do, and it just makes sense for me to be doing this.”