We are excited to have you at FELIZ this spring! Can you share a bit about what you do and what you'll be bringing to the sale?
Settle is about making the everyday beautiful for your kitchen and home. The work is made with intent to become family heirlooms that are cherished. Each piece is hand thrown and glazed with care.
Hi, my name is Samantha, and I’m the artist behind Settle Ceramics. Settle has been my labor of love for the past 3 years and now it has more to do with the way I live than just about working with clay everyday. I believe in making objects that mean something, items that are meant to be cherished for years, generations. We live in a disposable world and the idea of objects being precious has lost a bit of its luster to most people. I want to change that. So I make what I make with the intent that they will last, become your favorite mug or bowl. I hope when you purchase one of my creations you will cherish it as I did.
I’ll be bringing a mix of home wares with a focus on my new wares which include my Pit Fired Match Strikers, Mica Fired Pots, My newly redesigned wine coaster, and plenty of mugs!
You're doing some things with glazes I've never seen before. I'd love to know what's involved in developing a new line of ceramics. Can you walk us through your process, from initial idea to physical product?
I believe you are referring to my pit and mica fired wares. They are my creative passion projects. It gets a bit redundant making 60 of the same mug or bowl, so last summer I had started experimenting with pit firing and fell in love with it. Each piece ends up being one of a kind, because the surface can vary so much. Depending on where the piece is in the pit, how it reacts to the wood and ash, and how much of the different additives I use, I get everything from blacks and grey-blues to green red yellow and oranges.
As far as my designs for my main collection, It typically begins with a desire for something in my own kitchen. I love to cook so I think about how food would look on my plates and bowls. So I draw up designs and begin making prototypes. I refine the design and then throw a run of it, usually 8 samples of the chosen design. And then I glaze it up and present it to my stockiest.
I appreciate your dedication to creating objects with the intention for them to be cherished heirlooms, something that carries life and a history all its own. Do you have any heirlooms in your own home? can you share a story of one?
I have several items in my own home that tend to inspire me, but the one that means the most to me is a wooden spoon rest. It was a gift my grandmother had give my mother, when she moved into her first house with my father. It had been hers and my mom had always loved it. Now it’s mine, as I've just moved into my first home last December. It’s got memories of good dinners and happy moments connected to it. I want my work to do that to people, have good happy memories connect to them.
You recently entered the world of bread making. No easy feat, but well worth the effort. I'm curious, do you see any similarities between the process of baking bread and the processes involved in making ceramics?
I love bread, sadly I haven’t had time to bake any sourdough lately as it takes nearly two days. I try different recipes though that don’t take as much effort, but nothing beats sourdough. There are quite a few similarities in the processes though. You have to take great care with each step, you miss one or try to rush it and you end up with a lesser product. The kneading comes naturally as wedging clay is basically the same thing. Also your working with something that's alive. Bread has yeast and clay has bacteria. They each have a “memory” in a sense that if you do something rushed or wrong it will remind you later. At the end of the day though its just fun!
AND to get to know you a bit better…
Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
What would you be doing if you had a different career? I would love to have a farm. I have a home garden that I try my best not to neglect, but my plants make me happy!!
What was the last big risk you took? I left my massage therapy job officially back in October to make Settle my full time gig… ahhh!!
Where do you find inspiration away from the computer? Definitely my garden, and my fire pit. Colors and shapes show up all over the place in them.
Last great travel destination? I went to Peru this summer! I hiked to Machu Picchu, which was insane. I still cant believe I did it. 26 miles over 4 days, 14,000 ft at the highest with well over 3000 steps going down… the steps were by far the hardest part. The beauty there was overwhelming though, and such a rich Incan ceramic history. It was awesome!
See the full collection of Settle Ceramics before the sale here, but we're sure you won't want to miss them in person on May 6th.