A tour of my studio and new work for the holidays

The opening reception for my holiday sale (and throughout Lillstreet & Lillstreet Studios) is tonight, Dec. 5, from 6pm – 9pm. But if you miss the opening, you can stop by throughout the month of December. Or if you’re not in Chicago, you can take a tour here. As promised, here are some pictures of my studio and new work for my holiday show:

This is what you’ll see when you walk into my studio.

And this is me enjoying my sparkling clean studio. I’ll be back to the wheel on Monday, so the clean shelves and floors won’t last too long. Well, I’ll still be enjoying my studio, just not the cleanliness of it!

I have been making tons of soap/ lotion dispensers this season. I resisted making them for a long long time because I didn’t want to use plastic pumps. I finally found beautiful brushed stainless steel and brushed copper pumps and I’ve gone a little crazy with them!

This is a new wall display that I’ve set up outside my studio door. The shelves are bamboo shadow boxes and they’re quite fun to arrange little groupings in.

I have spent the last year making mugs. I LOVE designing and making them and the demand for them has been higher than ever. Mugs are so personal. Everyone’s idea of the *perfect* mug is different- so I make a wide variety of shapes and sizes. People are also quite opinionated about the interior glaze color. Some want something light so they can see how steeped their tea is. Others want something dark that will hide the coffee stains. There is a mug for everyone :)

I have been making more ceramic pendants. I’m more excited than ever about this newest series of necklaces. They are made out of a variety of clays, with different slips, glazes and textures that are enhanced by the soda firing process. They’re finished off with hand dyed silk that is knotted onto the pendants.

This is one of the serving bowls that you’ll see in my studio. Each side is totally different from the others. I feel like I should have put up a series of images to capture all the details.

You might remember this series of tea bowls that I have been making this year.
peace. hope. change.

These shallow bowl-plates are part of a dinnerware set that I’ve been working on. I love using this shape of plate at home for most meals. Some might call it a pasta bowl but at the Murphy-Bicking household we call them bowl-plates. They’re perfect for salads, stir fry or a good mid-western casserole.

In addition to finding my work on the 2nd floor of Lillstreet Studios, you can also find it at Lillstreet Gallery on the 1st floor as part of the Dinnerware Show. The show is beautiful. I’m happy to be sharing the table with Kristin Pavelka.

Happy Holidays!

8 thoughts on “A tour of my studio and new work for the holidays

  1. Hey Emily!
    Great to see a tour of your studio. Its really beautiful. Good luck with the show.
    What’s the red color on the pendants? Is it fired on or added after?
    Lalitha

  2. Beautiful work Emily. I agree about the mugs. Some people don’t like making them, but they are the most intimate pot I believe.

  3. Studio looks great, and it’s such a treat to see the montage of your different pieces. I’m betting you had a great opening and will have a lot of happy customers. You’re an inspiration!

  4. Loved the tour of your studio. Wondering how you mounted the plates on the wall, I can’t see any plate hangers on them or anything. All is so beautiful, wish I lived nearer I would definitely stop by.

  5. The platters have a deep foot ring. I put holes in them and put a loop of wire in them for hanging. They can hang on the wall for storage and display between parties!

  6. When are you stocking your etsy shop???? Pleassseeee….

    On another note, my promised bowl to empty bowls won’t make it in time. Maybe next year. It hasn’t been glazed yet.

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