Meet the Maker: Mortar & Stone
Mortar and Stone Ceramics is a Denver-based company invested in the intentionality of design, dedicated to the reality of flourishing relationships and committed to the importance of rest and space.
Q: Where did you grow up?
Erin: I grew up in the piney woods of East Texas, I moved out to Colorado to study at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.
Q: At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Erin: I'm not sure 'pursuing a creative path' was ever a decision I made, my life has always been inherently creative. I learned to value beauty and wonder at a very young age and it has thrown me into the life I live today.
Q: Do you have a favorite piece that you’ve made?
Erin: I often think about the way people hold and use mugs, the way they sit on the table, the way they hold heat. I love to think that a mug is one of the first things a person uses in the morning, and that I could have a part in the way a person starts their day. I love the opportunity a mug gives me to design.
Q: Do you recall the first piece you made?
Erin: I dont recall the first piece I made, I'm sure it wasn't anything special. I kind of jumped into ceramics and made a TON of work for about a year.
Q: Are you self-taught?
Erin: I studied under Matt Harris in college. He graciously gave me the space I needed to experiment, become wondrous and just practice. After my time at RMCAD I became self reliant to continue to learn and grow as a ceramicist.
Q: What album/song are you currently listening to?
Erin: Zach Winters - Love is a Garden, Jose Gonzalez, Leif Vollebekk
Q: What do you love most about what you do?
Erin: I truly love to make things, but over the past few years i've learned the power I have to bring intentional pieces into people's everyday lives is just as or even more beautiful than the act of creating its self.
Q: What are three words you would use to best describe your work?
Erin: Classic, Intentional, engaging