Tableware and Vases & Vessels by ZZIEE Ceramics
ZZIEE Ceramics

ZZIEE Ceramics

Joshua Tree, CA

"Functional and Dysfunctional Ceramics"
ZZIEE Ceramics is the work of Elizabeth Eisenstein, a ceramicist based in Joshua Tree, California. Coming from a fine arts background, she enjoys making work that straddles the divide between pottery and sculpture. Her line draws inspiration from the textures, colors, and shapes of the high desert and the surrounding Mojave. Every object is designed and made by Elizabeth on her potter’s wheel and high-fired in her home studio. Her line of functional wares are designed for daily use, and with care, they can withstand the test of time.
Q&A

What is your favorite material to work with?

"My favorite type of clay to work with is a red or black clay, because there's no way not to make a mess with it. By the end of the day, my studio is dirty in a very dramatic way, and the sides of my hands and fingernails are stained a deep orange or brown. My least favorite material to work with would be any clay that's too stiff—it can really do a number on the muscles and joints in your hands!"
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I love it when someone immediately picks up one of my pieces and holds it in their hands. There's something inherently tactile about ceramics, and I feel that you can't truly appreciate a piece of functional pottery without handling it and feeling its weight, volume, and textures. When I see someone pick up one of my mugs and cradle it between their hands, I feel like my work has truly reached them."
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What motivates and inspires you?

"I’m very fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world—Joshua Tree, CA—which offers endless inspiration for my work. When hiking and exploring the nearby national park, I oftentimes find myself ogling at the colors and textures in the unique desert plants, rocks, and landscape. When I get back to my studio, I try to find ways to incorporate these elements into my work, usually through the glazes and clays I choose to work with."
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What makes a space special?

"Imperfection!"
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What’s unique about your work?

"I’ve always been drawn to minimalism and clean design—but I lack restraint and am obsessed with experimenting with different glazes and clay bodies! I try to find harmony between my minimalist aspirations and maximalist tendencies by creating items that have clean lines and elegant forms, but showcase a wide array glazes with exuberant colors and rich textures."
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"I get giddy every single time I open the kiln door after a firing. You can never know exactly what you're going to find--it could be fantastic or heartbreaking. Despite having opened my kiln hundreds of times, it never gets old to me."
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