In the Pittsburgh workroom of , inky splashes of navy, rose, and 14 karat gold stain handmade dinnerware crafted beside candy-colored nuggets of glistening porcelain jewelry. Since 2008, has designed these sentimental keepsakes that capture fleeting moments in her own life and she turns them into contemporary objects for others to enjoy. Her tabletop line takes inspiration from family travels by reflecting the color palettes of national parks at sunset. Hamley’s adventures are shared with her husband Ryan, whose rural Pennsylvania background influences some of his wife’s additional work by establishing a direct connection to living memories. Around his family farm, the couple finds items such as retired horseshoes, antique bottle forms, and an extensive collection of arrowheads to cast in porcelain. By taking inspiration from the past, Hamley creates mementos steeped in context for future generations.
operates out of a 1,500-square-foot space shared with , nestled along the bank of the Allegheny River in the Sharpsburg section of the city. When they moved in about a year and a half ago, the trio of artisans built the wall shelving, work stations, and updated the electrical panel to accommodate three kilns. The heat generated by several ovens firing at 2,200 degrees lends the room tropical temperatures year-round, though domestic roadtrips are always preferable. —
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