Meet Maek

Ceramics has been and will continue to be a quiet teacher for us. When we decided to start making ceramics together the idea of profession did not come to mind, and we don’t want it to. While culture and productivity beg for our attention, this practice invites us into its stillness and requires an atypical posture of being present. Ceramics is, in many ways, what we aspire to be like: it has been refined over time, it requires a consistent process, it is worlded, it is informed by its surroundings, and it has been formed by people. For us, clay has become a reliable model of how to approach the world, while simultaneously being our response. It’s all too easy to look around in our internet saturated society and point out the problems and issues that prevent us from doing something meaningful or good, and while we don’t claim to have the answers or a catch-all solution, ceramics is our way forward for the time being. We believe that there is something more than a trend that underlies our desire to be a part of this craft, we want to be able to see and touch the products of our work, and we think that this might hint at a more macro sense of appreciating the whos and whats that are all around us. For those reasons, we are unapologetically “those clay people” who can’t seem to–nor do we really want to–find a clean pair of pants. We figured the best way to support the makers who live simply and intentionally was to join them, so here we are…

Michaela Maes

Michaela Maes

Owner

Michaela Maes has a passion for babies and water. She can‘t spell to save her life but ceramics doesn’t need spellcheck. Her voicemail has been the generic message for years because she can‘t stand the sound of her own voice (she also can’t stand reading–or writing–her own bio).

Ryan Shoemaker

Ryan Shoemaker

Owner

Ryan Shoemaker was once a beach lifeguard and saved a number of small children. He doesn‘t feel like a hero but sometimes relives the nostalgia of his time spent in the ocean by not showering. He thinks too hard about problems that can’t be solved and has allocated an absurd amount of storage to his unfinished yoyo collection. Ryan loves bios.