The new is simply the past, tweaked. Mexico is made up of a rich weave of cultures — Indigenous, Spanish, French, and American — and some of its traditions have survived and evolved through millennia. Mexico City is the great collector of these cultures. Here, they arrive from the States and Pueblos to be transformed into something new. Bold thinking is brought to the old ways in food, drink, design, and art. The younger Mexican generation, with both its forward-thinking global perspective and interest in country’s past riches, is rediscovering, recuperating, and reshaping the traditions that have come before it.
Potter Jono Smart traded in his successful career in the fast-paced world of advertising for the tactile experience of working with clay in his Glasgow studio. He credits the craft for more than just a career change, enabling him to recover from long-term depression. Here, he shares what he has learned from his experience as a potter — lessons that can easily be applied to any other profession, and even to other experiences in life.
Pottery West is the ceramics studio of husband and wife duo Catherine and Matt West, whose earthy designs and beautiful product photography have amassed a loyal following. Here, Catherine recalls their journey.
A sunny Saturday in East London lead us to the shipping container workshop and showroom of leather goods company Craftory, and after a warm welcome and a brief tour of the space, we were dying to know more about founder Mihkel Männik, and the story behind his beautifully produced products.
From the Horse Brand Co. workshop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Thomas Callahan talks honestly about the importance of hand-crafting. To him, the products he creates aren’t just products; they’re objects that tell stories with which people can form a connection.