Erin Hupp Ceramics

Oakland, CA

"Handmade, wheel-thrown tableware"
Erin Hupp is a Bay Area-based ceramicist. She focuses on functional, hand crafted, wheel thrown ceramics. Her work has been called "texturally rich, featuring glazes that crackle and pop in the kiln and colors that cascade over each other like the melted edges of an ice cream sundae. The drip of a white glaze on a cake stand might suggest the drips of chocolate ganache on the bundt cake set on top of it, while an inky black streak drawn across a white plate can serve as a guide for a contrasting swipe of sauce. It draws attention while being hyper-aware of its ultimate utility."

Her design process begins with a site visit where she draws inspiration from the space and creatively collaborates with the chef or owner. She sketches and tests various forms in her studio, bringing each to the space to see how they coexist. Her pieces are slow made and intentionally created for the space they live in.

Ceramics have been a part of Erin's life for the past 20 years whether teaching classes, making production pottery, managing a production studio, or selling her own work. For her, the most satisfying part of being a creative is seeing people experience and use her custom tableware.
Wescover creator since 2019

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

"I love the transformative process of clay on the potter's wheel. The clay begins as a round ball and is shaped by my hands into a functional, unique handmade object that can be enjoyed in daily life."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"Pause and contemplate the small differences in my pieces. Tiny imperfections are the sign of handmade. Create a collection of my work knowing that each piece is unique. My art is functional and meant to be enjoyed daily!"
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"My favorite material to work with is clay, in all forms. For decades I worked with porcelain and now I use a deep brown clay from Pennsylvania. Clay is tactile, malleable and forgiving (at least in wet form!)"
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