Words by Jennifer Wang
Michelle Smith McLaughlin
is a ceramic artist and photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Calyer Ceramics, named after the street she lives and works on in Greenpoint, developed initially from a natural interest and history working with the medium. She has a knack for creating beautiful handmade objects injected with a sense of whimsy. This is evident in her bowls, mugs, vases and stripey spoons, which are playfully designed without sacrificing function. Her pieces blend cool glazes and colors with simple lines and shapes that are sure to brighten up any table or kitchen in your home.
Her recent ceramic work is inspired by "natural organic forms, melty ice cream colors, and cantaloupes." Michelle takes pride in personally making everything by hand or on the wheel in her studio.
"I love all parts of the creative process from conceptualizing and drawing, to throwing on the wheel and glazing. Every step is interesting and fun to me. It feels like cheating when I'm working in the studio. It's also really satisfying to make something both useful and beautiful."
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Michelle attended UMass to hone her photography and ceramics skills. She eventually worked as a fine art printer at Palm Press Atelier in Concord, MA for three years where she printed black and white photographs for respected photographers, like Frank Gohlke and Barbara Norfleet. After she moved to NYC in 2007, she found her way back to ceramics after enrolling in a class at Choplet Ceramics Studio and fell in love with the medium all over again. Today, Michelle continues to work on creative endeavors in photography, while creating and selling her new ceramics line.
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