So happy to have you join the FELIZ family this year! Can you share a bit about your line and what you'll be bringing to the sale?
I make porcelain wares for the table + home and porcelain jewelry. My signature collection features marbled porcelain pieces with gold accents that combine beauty and function. Along with bringing items from that collection, I will be bringing jewelry from my new Spring/Summer line, as well as servingware and décor pieces that feature warm neutral colors and gold.
What was the motivating factor in starting your own line of ceramics?
I fell in love with ceramics during an internship in college and continued to pursue clay after I graduated by working for a few ceramic artists. It wasn’t until after a successful show during my first East Austin Studio Tour in 2013, that I decided to start my own business and create an entire collection of ceramic wares. I began with decorative pieces and over the years my line evolved into dinnerware, servingware, décor and now jewelry. I am going on two years of being a full-time maker and I love every minute of it!
What’s one really good piece of creative advice you have been given?
Break up tasks in your day to day, by taking 10-15 mins in between to listen to a podcast or read a book. Some days in the studio are so busy that I feel like I am just rushing from one thing to the next. This little piece of advice has helped me to slow down in between each task on my to-do list and it’s allowed me to be present in each task.
Do you rely on a specific creative ritual?
I love slow mornings at home. I’ve found that I am most productive and happy in the studio when I’ve allowed myself to ease into my work day by enjoying a cup of coffee on the couch with my dog and writing in my sketchbook. I also carve out studio time every Saturday as a way for me to create without any of the work-week distractions. It’s my “me-time” in the studio.
How would you describe your design philosophy?
Make what you love to make. I am constantly editing the collection to become a reflection of items that I enjoy making, with quality over quantity in mind. I am passionate about what I do and I think it’s important to be just as passionate about what I’m making in my current line and selling to customers. Sometimes this means discontinuing items or re-designing products to be more refined.
Tell us about your creative process. Where do you start?
I always start by sketching out an idea that I have in mind, to then creating a real life prototype that is re-worked as many times as needed to prep for mold-making. I then take that prototype, make a plaster mold of it, cast it in porcelain slip, cycle it through all three rounds of firings and then decide if I want it to be part of the collection. Sometimes that piece ends up being a test piece that is never made again and other times it becomes the start of a new collection.
We’re excited to see what Eliana brings to the sale on June 2nd.
Get a glimpse of her incredible collection over on her site to tie you over.