Carrie Lau is the ceramicist behind Object-Matter-Ceramic Studio. Originally a graphic designer by trade, she turned to clay as a creative outlet and meditative practice. It quickly grew into a passion that led her to form a ceramic studio focused on minimal and contemporary form. We are overjoyed to kick off our new Smith Artist in Residence Program with Carrie Lau’s one-of-a-kind collection designed exclusively with the teamaker in mind. Before you fill that shopping cart, read on to learn more about Carrie and her artistic process.
How do you find inspiration when it seems to be lacking?
I find that traveling to places far and wide or even simple a walk around the block to observe people and nature is always fun and inspiring.
Can you tell us what it was like to leave your full-time graphic design job to pursue your passion?
It happened organically. I had been doing freelance graphic design work for a while and was looking for a hobby, I turned to ceramics as a creative outlet. For the past 2-3 years, I have been balancing two different careers – graphic design and ceramics. While it requires a lot of management on my part, there is nothing else I would rather be doing.
If you could fly anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Japan has been high on my list. I read in a book that on the top of Mt. Fuji, the beauty of nature changes dramatically from sunrise to sunset. I would love to experience that.
We would love to hear about your creative process. What’s the first step before you start creating?
I draw inspiration from my surroundings—landscapes, nature and people. I love studying colors and shapes because I find that those give me a lot of room to play and see the possibility. I sketch and draw here and there. But when I get to the wheel, there is always a surprise which is why I love the craft.
What’s your favorite part about working with clay?
I find that working with clay grounds me to a quiet place where that I communicate to myself deeply.
What does tea time mean to you?
It’s my mid-day break. I usually have a cup of matcha tea and a little something sweet like a mochi or pastry.