It's tableware found in some of the most stylish restaurants in the U.S., featured in high-fashion photo shoots and the pages of major magazines. And it's all made inside a Seattle garage-turned ceramics studio.
"I like the accessibility. To be able to buy something for $24 that can bring you joy for a moment, like a mug, I think that is important," said Cameron Bishop, the creator and owner of Beau Rush Ceramics.
Bishop is known for the handmade, one-of-a-kind quality of her pieces, along with her matte glazes and colorful designs, like the ultra-popular funfetti series.
"People message me all the time about how much joy it brings them, or how excited they are to sit at the end of the day and have their ice cream in the sorbet bowl," said Bishop. "It just makes them so happy. So, I love it."
Bishop never expected to be making plates and bowls. She first fell in love with ceramics growing up in northern Arizona. She then worked in restaurants and nightlife all over the country while putting herself through eight years of art school.
"I took on art student debt, which is awful," she said with a laugh.
Bishop's initial goal was to become a gallery artist. She had a studio in Brooklyn and was working in galleries in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Then, she started getting calls from her chef friends asking if she could make tableware -- and Beau Rush Ceramics was born.
"The thing that's beautiful about tableware and functional art, that I didn't think I would appreciate coming from a fine art background, is that people have all these experiences over it," explained Bishop.
"I know everybody is like 'oh my DMs are filled with all this weird stuff'. No. Mine are filled with people who are happy about their food, their ceramics, what they want their kitchen to look like. It's kind of dreamy."
Bishop isn't just an artist. She's also a teacher. Over the summer, she set up shop in Montauk, N.Y. to put on a series of clay camps. Her students included everyone from local kids to big names, like actress Naomi Watts, who trained with Bishop for an upcoming role.
"Some kids peter out after an hour and some kids really want to stay for six hours. They'd come back and I'd see their growth. They'd be like, 'I don't want to leave. I love this'," said Bishop. "That goes for adults, too. When I taught Naomi Watts for a role, she was the same way. She was like 'this is so hard' and then she got it. By the third session, she was really thriving. She had ideas and things she wanted to make for her house or for her friends. It was so much more than just training."
Bishop tells me that beginning ceramics is messy, frustrating and emotional. I found this out first hand. Check out the video above to see how I fared during my first time on the wheel. Even the most accomplished ceramists aren't immune from those feelings, it's the occasional failure that makes the creative process so rewarding.
"I think the challenge would be the same thing that keeps me going back. Like a glutton for punishment. The loss. Everything is a test... Our dinner plates, I have maybe 20% to 30% that crack. They're really hard to get right," said Bishop. "For me, I'm like okay, I'm going to set a timer. I have this much time before I have to pick up my kid from school. I'm going to make 20 cups. I'm going to make them each in a minute-and-a-half and I'm just going to focus. Then, I'm like a machine. Boom, boom, boom. I just have to get through it, but I love that too. I love to see the immediate progress."