Our Southern Artisan Collection celebrates the craft of Southern artisans and keeps these lasting talents and skills flourishing for future generations. We work with select artisans who have a particular mastered skill and produce beautiful work to concept, design and produce pieces that are "made in the South." It is our hope that through craftsmanship, design and memories made that each piece will become a treasured heirloom within your family.
Stay tuned for future collaborations + new products soon. If you are a Southern artisan interested in collaborating on a future project or know someone we should talk to, please email us at email@example.com.
MEET A FEW OF OUR SOUTHERN MAKERS
CERAMICS, DEVANIE PFITZINGER SCHILPP
Ceramics Artisan Devanie Pfitzinger Schilpp is an artist currently living and working in Atlanta, GA. She has lived the homegrown, handmade, farm-to-table lifestyle all her life. These ideals were taught to her by her mother & grandmothers. She went to the farmers market every week, grew a garden, and canned and baked for the county fair. The craftsmen style and humble forms from the 30s and 40s are incorporated into her designs from pie pans, mugs, platters, ribbon and belly pitchers - things that are used every day. The idea that people will enjoy their daily morning beverage in a cup that is handmade by her is one she loves and feels honored by. It is her hopethat the pieces will be enjoyed as people celebrate with family & friends.
CERAMICS, HONEYCOMB STUDIO
Honeycomb Studio is a small batch, handmade porcelain shop created by Courtney Hamill. Each piece that comes from her studio has been hand-made, either on the wheel or cast from an original mold, one-at-a-time so that no two pieces are ever exactly alike.
An Atlanta native, Courtney discovered ceramics later than most. On a whim, she signed up for an introductory ceramics class on the wheel her Junior year in college and, during that semester, developed an intense love-hate relationship with clay. Over the course of many late nights in the studio, the hate melted away and was replaced by a life-long passion for pottery. After college, she moved to Floyd, Virgina to live in an old farmhouse and work as an apprentice to Donna Polseno and Rick Hensley on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In 2012, after a brief hiatus from ceramics, Courtney walked away from her career in non-profit fundraising and hasn't looked back. She has been named by Huffington Post as one of the Top 15 Home Decor Trendsetters from the South and by Garden and Gun Magazine as one of the Next Generation of Southern Ceramicists.
WOODWORKING, JOSH NAVA
Josh Nava is a Nashville based artisan who specializes in traditional woodworking techniques. Having spent the last 10 years engaged in various forms of local and international development work, his methods are heavily influenced by global craftsmen.
In 2014 Josh carried out a project called “365 Spoons” where he hand carved a unique spoon everyday of the year. The lessons learned from that project continue to spill into every area of his work. He currently leads a group of artisans in a training course with his company Suburban Pallet, helping to cultivate local artisanal craft.
The team at WoodKith brings together a group of gentlemen who truly love the outdoors and believe that each piece they create helps to tell the story of the tree that inspired it. They are committed to producing items that celebrate the beauty of wood, pieces to gather around.
Based in Atlanta, GA, their pieces are handmade here in the South, as is most of the wood they source. They have spent the last few years sourcing and curing the collection of large wood slabs in their inventory, which generally take 2 to 3 years to dry before it is ready to be used for a new design. They often source trees that would otherwise be cut up or end up in landfills, saving and preserving them for generations through their work.
HAND LETTERING, ERICA LOESING
After completing her Bachelors degree in Studio Art followed by a Masters in Architecture, Erica Loesing has created a life working with her hands. She is a designer and a maker, carefully crafting everything from delicate papercuts to large scale installations. Whatever the medium, her work focuses on how the details come together to tell a story. Erica finds her true fulfillment in contributing thoughtful and beautiful design solutions, echoing the craft and attention to detail she learned from her father.
In the footsteps of Louis Kahn's "brick," Erica adores making simple materials shine and becoming something new and unexpected. Her work marries traditional hand-drawn, handcrafted techniques with more current technologies, offering what she hopes to be a fresh design perspective.
Some of her other passions include gardening, baking, entertaining, yoga, her dogs, collaborating, watercolor, calligraphy, farmers markets, inspiration boards, hot tea, and traveling. But most importantly her husband + son, Henry.
ARTIST, JUDY LECKEY
A lifelong artist, Judy has explored a wide variety of mediums and subjects in her career. From sign painting, to calligraphy, typography and graphic design she also enjoys her early days of focusing on painting. Often inspired by nature, she is able to capture the lifelike qualities and details of the animals and people she draws or paints.
Leckey was a Visual Arts major from Florida State University and has lived in Tallahassee, FL ever since. She enjoys working and creating from her home studio, where she has a variety of pieces of her works displayed as well as pieces from family members that were passed down to her over generations.
ARTIST, STEPHEN KEY
Born and raised by a family of artists in Atlanta, Georgia, "the city in the trees," artist Stephen Key has admired nature and taking artistic inspiration from her from a young age.
Key is a self-taught painter who has always admired the work of outsider artists. He has exhibited in Atlanta as well as New York City, California and overseas.
His artist talents extend to hosting a daily radio show called "Blank Canvas Radio" on local Atlanta station; AM1690 WMLB.
While Key also enjoys working on large canvases, he finds painting local birds to be very relaxing.
DESIGNER, ASHLEY SCHOENITH
With a love for design and a very specific aesthetic, Ashley Schoenith's takes a lifestyle approach to design that transcends any single medium or outlet. She seeks to apply her love for neutrals and juxtaposition of elements to all that she touches - from interiors to packaging to product design and branding. Her passion for the South, love of texture and farmhouse, rustic detail is apparent in most all her work.
An 8th-generation Floridan, Schoenith currently residents in Atlanta, GA with her husband, three children and vizsla.