Crazy Green Studios - Tableware
Crazy Green Studios
Crazy Green Studios

Crazy Green Studios

Asheville, NC

"You take the time and attention to carefully source or even grow your ingredients. You pride yourself in creating exquisite meals that are part of a complete experience, and invite patrons into ‘your house’ where you oversee every detail. Your work deserves a worthy canvas, and handmade ceramic service ware, organic and unique, adds immense value to the complete dining experience. I love to collaborate with chefs to design handmade ware that will be the perfect canvas for their creations."
Lori Theriault is potter and owner of Crazy Green Studios in Asheville, NC. "I love food, and I love to cook - it’s what first attracted me to making pottery. I saw that I could make work for the foods I love, and subsequently I found I could also create recipes for the dishes I love to make. Even better, I love to see my pottery in the hands of passionate, creative, and talented food professionals. My work is handmade with high fire stoneware or porcelain and with food-safe glazes. I take great joy in interpreting designs collaborated on with my chef clients, and each piece, whether made on the wheel or by hand with slabs, carries the individual, handmade design of that collaboration.
Q&A

How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"My work can certainly be an attractive part of any decor, but it really comes to life when it's in use - filled with delicious foods, being passed across tables and shared with good friends and dear family. Early in the creative process, it's that final image of a table surrounded by people sharing food, love, and life that begins the inspiration of making each piece."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I want them to see the work is 'not the usual' piece of ceramic. I want them to want to touch it, pick it up. And if they are using the work, I want them to envision the food that the pieces will hold, and be inspired to create for it as I am inspired by what might go into each of my pieces."
-- Crazy Green Studios
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"It is a tricky thing to grow as an artist and entrepreneur, and both hold on to a design philosophy and keep open to growth in unexpected directions. While I love to work with chefs on designing pieces for their creations, one of the most gratifying and successful production pieces I now create is in fact an accessory. As they continue to grow in popularity and demand, I happily still love making them, and their success has allowed me to me employ other artists, and grow my business in direct response to their success in ways I would not have imagined."
-- Crazy Green Studios
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"I work with several types of clay, depending on the project, and rather than picking just one, I can easily say that my favorite phase of each project is when a piece is drying, shortly after being made on the wheel or by hand. The clay is soft, supple, and the natural shadows of light that play around the edges and textures are alluring and downright sexy."
-- Crazy Green Studios
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What motivates and inspires you?

"I got into pottery because I love to cook, and make things from scratch. I saw immediately that I could create pieces to hold my kitchen creations, and then I started creating dishes to go into my dishes! As I moved from student to entrepreneur, a quote from one of my culinary heroines often rang in my ears: "You must have the courage of your convictions", said by Julia Child in an early episode of her first PBS cooking show. I believe she was flipping a potato pancake. It's been a guiding mantra for me as I've built my business."
-- Crazy Green Studios
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What makes a space special?

"Some of life's best moments and experiences happen around a table, sharing food with friends and family. Maybe you're having a special family dinner at home. Or maybe you're eating out at a restaurant carefully chosen for its care and attention in sourcing the best local and fresh ingredients and prepared by a gifted chef. You might even be catering an intimate wedding or celebration - when you've put as much love, care, and attention into planning your event and the foods you serve, adding handmade ceramics to the table can take it from a lovely gathering to a breathtaking, joyous celebration."
-- Crazy Green Studios
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What’s unique about your work?

"I work in individual, handmade design with each client. I listen to how the chef/professionals want to use the work, how they want to integrate it into their own brand and style, and together we come up with a design. Each piece is handmade and holds the unique characteristics of the chef/potter collaboration."
-- Crazy Green Studios
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