We added the cutest ceramic accessories to our shop in collaboration with Suji Ceramics, an AAPI woman-owned business! Initially, we had planned to release the stain stick holder and mini laundry powder scoop as holiday-only offerings, but they were so well received that they're now here to stay.
These items will be available in our signature butter yellow for most of the year, and each season we'll release limited edition colorways and patterns. Speaking of, our winter blue pieces are almost sold out!
Read on for our Q&A with the maker, Suji Lee:
💛 What drew you to the world of ceramics and how long have you been in it?
Suji Lee: I admittedly have a bit of a plant addiction. I used to have so much trouble finding functional, affordable pots (with drainage!) for my many, many plants. I started thinking, “Why don’t I just make them myself?" Six years later, and I’m hooked. I hope to be making tiny ceramic creations until I'm 90 years old.
💛 Are there any specific reasons why you enjoy working on tiny creations more than large ones?
As a small person who is 4 feet 10 inches tall, I’ve always been inspired by tiny things that make big statements. I'm all about the thoughtful, little, unexpected details. Plus, I have small hands, which makes working with tiny things easier. You gotta work with what you have!
💛 What’s your favorite part of the process?
I always love working with leather hard clay. In this stage of drying, the clay is delightfully cool to the touch and still workable. This is when I get to even out all the imperfections and put my signature stamp on the pieces.
💛 Any thoughts you'd like to share on “the beauty and fragility of ceramics”?
It’s funny that you quoted me on this! I believe I said this in an email when I was explaining that each piece would look slightly different in the end. Pottery is alchemy: we take mud particles and turn them into beautiful, functional objects that can last forever. At the same time, pottery is incredibly fragile, and the firing process can be unpredictable. You can drive yourself crazy trying to be consistent. What I've learned over the years is that 1) imperfection is beautiful, and 2) magical results can arise organically from the process.
💛 What are your tips for handling ceramic pieces so that they don’t get chipped or damaged?
Wash by hand with warm soapy water. Dry with a towel. Pro tip: you can also use the Wunderbar holder as a planter since it has a drainage hole! Other than that, try your best not to drop them. Ceramics are extremely durable and can last forever. I recently took a trip to Belize and went on an epic cave tour. Pretty much all of the artifacts left are ancient Mayan pots that are over 2,000 years old... SO. FREAKING. COOL.
💛 Did you ever imagine you’d make ceramics for the purpose of brightening up laundry day?
I create ceramic pieces to brighten up every day! But in all seriousness, no. I was delighted when you reached out about this collaboration, and have loved bringing these pieces to life with the Celsious customer in mind. I love the idea of bringing joy to an activity that most people think of as a chore. People in New York spend a full day doing laundry. Why not make it fun?
We couldn't agree more! Find Suji's handmade pieces in our laundry marketplace here and here. Suji's pottery account is @sujiceramics and her 'plantstagram' is @tinybloom. 🌱
Written by Mutia Adisoma
Product photos by Chiori Takamatsu-Schettini
All other photos courtesy of Suji Lee