Cara Janelle makes custom ceramics for some of the world’s most celebrated chefs.
In her work as a ceramicist, Cara Janelle has contributed a verse to the ongoing evolution of food culture. Her ceramics are featured at three-MICHELIN-starred restaurants Atelier Crenn in San Francisco and Alinea in Chicago; as well as two-starred Ocean in Alporchinhos, Portugal, and Steirereck im Stadtpark in Vienna; and one-starred Enigma and Pakta in Barcelona, Aldea in New York City and Sens at Hotel Vitznauerhof in Vitznau, Switzerland.
An American artist living in Barcelona, Janelle’s journey into ceramics began six years ago when she traveled to Spain for three months and encountered the craft unexpectedly. “I proposed to do an internship at the studio I found so I could clean the floors to pay for more classes,” she says. “It wasn’t a plan or a goal or even a thought at the time to start a business.” Soon after, she “couldn’t stop making things.” She would give ceramics away to people, and send them home to family and friends in suitcases. One weekend, she sold a few at a market and her business began.