This Portland-based design studio crafts hand-thrown porcelain tableware and accessories inspired by the idea that everyday objects should be both useful and beautiful.
Pigeon Toe Ceramics' founder and creative director, Lisa Jones, first sat down at a pottery wheel at the tender age of nine. After years of working in graphic design and retail, Jones found herself longing for the hands-on nature of ceramics she fell in love with as a child. She rented a shelf at a local pottery studio, where she quickly amassed a collection of sorts—and a following of fellow potters eager to purchase her wares. Inspired by her return to craft, Jones founded Pigeon Toe Ceramics in 2009.
Since then, Pigeon Toe Ceramics has made a name for itself with a carefully curated collection of handmade, heirloom-quality designs. Jones and her team of skilled artisans forgo the latest trends in favor of creating pieces that are modern in appearance yet timeless in their appeal. Their trademark ceramics are crafted exclusively from porcelain, which is hand thrown, trimmed, fired and glazed to create tableware and accessories with a quiet beauty all their own. "Our pieces are simple, but there's a very graphic quality to everything," Jones says. "You can tell a Pigeon Toe piece just by looking at it."
Our Pigeon Toe Ceramics collection includes modern porcelain tableware with clear glazed-interiors and hand-sanded exteriors that highlight the slight variations in color and texture that are hallmarks of the hand-thrown process. Creating modern pieces that are also durable and easy to maintain is particularly important to Jones, who believes that good design should not only be beautiful, but also functional enough to use every day. "So many people are afraid to use 'good' dinnerware," she explains. "This collection is designed to turn that notion on its head."
Dedication to Design
Pigeon Toe Ceramics draws on a unique blend of locally-sourced materials and homegrown talent. Clay is procured from Portland and the surrounding area, tableware is crafted using non-toxic glazes and food-safe materials, and the company itself is composed of a small community of Portland-based artisans dedicated to perfecting the art of porcelain.
Driven by an aversion to the disposable mentality present in today's market, Jones and her team craft timeless, thoughtful pieces to be cherished and passed down from one generation to the next. "This collection is designed to be an heirloom, something that is integrated into the narrative of your family," Jones says. "We want your kids to fight over these pieces."