You might notice the stark difference between a high tea time set and the creative alternative cup and saucer Ryn Adkins is working on the photos above. Crossing mediums and taking a twist on depth of field, this dinnerware pair is an imaginative spin for table settings. As a designer and craftsman, Ryn came up with the concept, threw the teacups from clay, and welded the pyramid-shaped coaster.
Ryn is a co-founder of pop-up restaurant, Roux, where food and design have been blended into a whole new type of dining experience. In years to come, she hopes to further include the source of the food into the mix— putting food, farm, and craftsmen together in the venture.
In my conversation with Ryn, the pursuance of passion in life is a crucial building block in her plans. Find the field you want to be in and dig as deep as you possibly can. If you’re focusing on Industrial and Interactive Design, learn about the properties of metal, the ins-and-outs of woodworking, and get a feel for ceramics. When you love what you do, it not work— it’s a way of life. What do you love doing? How do you spend your free time?
Ryn took a step back and saw how she combined skills she’s loved since childhood. If you’re still searching for your own path, give your memories a chance to guide you.
“Reflecting on my childhood, I think I’ve always had an interest in design and food, from making bon appétit mud patties in my back yard to building lego duplexes in my bedroom.” —Ryn Adkins