Alison and her husband, Kevin, started Bit of Butter as a passion project. It’s an online store that sells vintage, mid century, and danish modern home goods, housewares, and furnishings. Alison is a mother, an academic, and a mid-century design enthusiast. A lot goes into their searches for Bit of Butter stock. The mornings start early at Seattle estate sales and thrift stores. Alison and Kevin often refinish their findings as well. Much time is spent researching the goods and prepping them for resale. Take a look at the charming items on their website here.
Jill had an usual start to her career. After being arrested by a few undercover cops while she was selling crafts she made in summer camp on a New York street, Jill showed her ceramics at the ACC craft market in West Springfield, MA. Neiman Marcus, her first big client, helped Jill make an impression on the design world.
She’s now a licensed designer in a studio she shares with her husband and a few other ladies in downtown Boston. Their space is gorgeous, well-lit, and full of character. I fell in love with the bold patterns and bright colors of Jill’s designs. Browse through her website to see a few more goodies designed by Jill.
Nancy and her husband, Andy, run Circa Ceramics in Chicago. I had so much fun visiting their studio. It’s such a loving family environment. Oliver, their son affectionately called Peanut by his mom, hangs out with his parents there quite a bit and keeps everyone entertained.
I got to watch the unique method Nancy uses to get screen prints onto their custom made pottery. Nancy and Andy’s work captures their fun and spunky personalities so well— be it a bowl with a whale on the side or a spoon rest imprinted with a happy sandwich. Laughter fills the studio— and there’s no doubt that translates into each piece. I have one of their Chicago flag mugs, and it’s one of my favorite things in my kitchen. I highly recommend it! It’s one of those mugs that makes you happy every time you use it.
An excerpt from the cheeky poster in Nancy’s studio, The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist:
“Working without the pressure of success.
Not having to be in shows with men.
Having an escape from the art world in your 4 free-lance jobs.
Knowing your career might pick up after you’re eighty.
Being reassured that whatever kind of art you make it will be labeled feminine.
Not being stuck in a tenured teaching position.
Seeing your ideas live on in the work of others.
Having the opportunity to choose between career and motherhood.
Not having to choke on those big cigars or paint in Italian suits.
Having more time to work after your mate dumps you for someone younger.
Being included in revised versions of art history.
Not having to undergo the embarrassment of being called a genius.”
Shop Circa Ceramics here.