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March 11, 2015

 

Three cups

 

Foodies are fans of Laura Cooke’s functional pottery. But she has many others.

The company: Laura Cooke Ceramics, which makes pottery for everyday use, was founded in 2009 in Portland, Ore. In 2013, Cooke moved back to North Carolina, her home state, and set up her studio in Asheville’s River Arts District.

The founder: Cooke grew up in Greensboro, NC, and graduated from Furman University (SC) in 2006 with a degree in studio art. She learned to throw pottery in the hilltop town of Cortona, Italy, and fell in love with it back in the states while living in Jackson Hole, Wy. In 2008, she moved to Portland, Ore., to study in the ceramics program at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. After graduation, Cooke apprenticed with renowned potter Victoria Christen before establishing her own pottery business.

The goods: Cups decaled with animal illustrations ($28); bowls ($30) and dinner plates ($36) adorned with simple black lines; and mugs decorated with intricate, hand-drawn patterns ($35).

Best seller: Whale mug ($32)

Fun or unusual request: Sugar Wheel Works, a hand-built bicycle wheel company in Oregon, orders custom flasks decorated with its logo.

Her signature: The single black line delineating space on her pots is her signature design. Recently, it has developed into more intricate, black-lined patterns that wrap around her vessels.

Where to buy: www.cookeceramics.com. In Atlanta, at the American Craft Council show (Booth 1101, March 13-15, 2015,  at the Cobb Galleria (craftcouncil.org/atlanta). Also at the Mudfire Gallery, 175 Laredo Drive, in Decatur.

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