Stories of how we cross paths with talented creatives
We work together with individual artists, from Vermont to Colorado, who are committed to the beauty and craftsmanship of their trade. Over the years, we’ve developed relationships with a select community of talented artists, both rising stars and those known globally. Each month, we feature a different artist on this page, celebrating their style and a look behind-the-scenes at our work together.
Inspiration in the Blue Ridge Mountains
If the crackling of a campfire and the great outdoors are artisan themes you enjoy, then odds are good you’ll appreciate Laurie Caffery’s ceramics. A native of Boone, North Carolina, her work features carefree outdoor scenes of tents in the mountains and cabins in the woods, likely stemming from her roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Although Laurie now resides in Asheville, we found her first online, at a curated invitational. We reached out to make a connection following the event and began a dialogue. In time, we were able to narrow our scope and select ceramics that represented the spirit of the rugged traveler and trail blazer we had in mind, and the essence she captured in her elements.
Laurie Caffery is the kind of artist who creates a variety of different pieces in unique themes. From small dishes to mugs and plates, you’ll see the variety when you follow her work. We initially connected over the adventurous scenery captured on her ceramic cups – the colorful airstream, a smoking campfire complete with the campsite dog perched close by. The backdrop of the mountains and sparkling outside lights are a common thread in her ceramics. Always colorful and festive, Laurie is not one to shy away from using bright colors.
I had the chance to meet Laurie in person at an annual NCECA event. It’s such a plus to be able to meet the real human behind the ceramics, and give folks a chance to meet us too. We snacked on peanuts (well, I did!) and shared our stories around the challenges and opportunities of building a business, marketing and artisan trends (from nature to unicorns). If outdoor adventure is part of your regular activities, we think you’ll enjoy the hand-painted pieces you see in Laurie’s ceramics.