Before Colorado-based ceramic artist Melissa Maya became an expert in pottery making, she embarked on a journey of soul searching. After being a yoga teacher, living in Costa Rica and completing her studies in glass and ceramics, she turned ceramics into a full-time gig.
A lover of uniquely manmade creations, Maya states: “There is something wonderful about holding something handmade. It’s hard to put into words but we all know that feeling. I think it’s a pretty good feeling.”
Adorned with geometrical and trendy patterns, which include linear designs and chevron, Maya aims to create a functional piece, which will bring happiness into everyday activities, such as having one’s morning coffee. Contemporary and rustic, each clay item follows a minimalist sensibility. The handmade geometric illustrations add a touch of warmth from the human hand. Each piece simulates a drawing found on a white sheet of paper, which adds incredible charm and quaintness.
After deliberately constructing each piece with passion and love, Maya admits: “I hope that the amount of joy that I get from making these pieces from beginning to end comes through while you are holding and using them in your everyday life.” You can find her entire pottery collection in her Etsy shop.
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