Hot kilns, dripping glaze, and molded ceramics – these are just some of the things you’ll find in the Sausalito, California-based factory housing Heath Ceramics.
Still using the original facility and even some of the hand-built kilns from its beginnings in the 1950s, Heath Ceramics prides themselves in making beautiful, thoughtful, and local products. Catherine Bailey, co-owner and creative director at Heath Ceramics, shared her thoughts with us about creative vision and the craft of pottery as one of the featured Makers in the second Mohawk Makery Quarterly.
Before microbreweries and micro-distilleries began popping up around the country, there was one brand that was ahead of the trend. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is one of the fastest growing vodka brands in the US, in fact, earlier this year Tito’s was named the exclusive vodka brand served aboard all United Airlines flights worldwide. Sold in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canadian provinces, Tito’s is manufactured in its home state of Texas in the same handcrafted manner as fine single malt scotch and high-end cognac.
As a creative, chances are the thought, “if only I could design my own wallpaper, fabric, wrapping paper, etc. etc.” has crossed your mind on occasion while decorating your home, wrapping a gift, or designing or sewing a garment.
Now, if you can dream it, you can make it, thanks to Spoonflower, a web-based company that allows users to create, print and sell their own custom designed fabric, wallpaper, decals and gift wrap.
Today, we’re kicking off the next series of interviews with a selection of talented makers featured in the second edition of the Mohawk Maker Quarterly. Brewing your own beer and illustrating beer labels sounds like a fun pastime – but for Damian Fagan and Jesse Friedman, this hobby is actually work. As co-founders of the Almanac Beer Company in San Francisco, Damian and Jesse manage, test, brew, and design their beers from the ground up.
Damian, the visual designer and company artist, spoke with us about his creative process and how it applies to brewing beer that is farm-to-barrel.
Monotype recently announced the newest member of its Typeface family: Metro Nova, the modern rebirth of a once popular typeface that fell out of use in the 20th century. Type designer Toshi Omagari updated the design to expand its usefulness to meet a wide range of digital requirements. Metro Nova appeals to today’s design sensibilities without sacrificing the essence of the original.
Hybrid Design, the San Francisco agency behind Mohawk’s Maker Campaign, is responsible for the creation of Mohawk’s ad in the current issue (November 2013) of Martha Stewart Living.
The print ad complements Mohawk’s Maker Campaign, and is aligned with the brand’s recent support of Martha Stewart American Made, and Mohawk’s ongoing support of the larger maker community.
We chatted with Hybrid to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the ad concept was developed and the emotions they were hoping it would stir.