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June 30, 2017

Beaver dinner plate

In Tennessee, Hope Bailey lovingly creates ceramic pieces meant to inspire and elevate your everyday experiences.

The designer & owner: Bailey grew up in tiny suburb near Wilmington, Del., where she developed her love for the woods and outdoors. At the University of Colorado, where she fell in love with painting and ceramics, she earned a degree an anthropology and later returned for a teaching certificate in art education. Bailey worked in Chicago and Augusta, Ga., where she taught art and painted portraits before moving to Tennessee and opening her studio.

The company: Hope + Mary is small, made-to-order ceramic production studio in Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Started in 2015, the company makes wheel-thrown and hand-built tableware and lighting with hand-drawn by imagery. Bailey uses a labor-intensive process (called Mishima) that adds to the one-of-a-kind nature of her pieces.

The company name: Bailey named the company Hope + Mary to honor her mother Mary, who died in 2011.

What’s popular: Butter dishes ($190) and whiskey cups ($40) for wine or other drinks feature critters from her woodland animal series. Also platters ($440), plus dinner and dessert plates ($110 and $88). All pieces are food and dishwasher safe.

Other favorites: Woodland animals ($32 each). Collect one or all. Also drum lamps ($660) and cow skull sconces ($1,100 to $1,345).

What’s new: The pollinator series and new lighting.

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One Comment
  1. So special! Thank you for highlighting this artist.

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