Popping up this Thursday is another pop-up shop at the South Main vintage store and boutique Hoot + Louise. This time around, it's Paper & Clay, a ceramics business launched earlier this year by Brit McDaniel.
McDaniel, a native Memphian, says she had long been drawn to ceramics but dropped out of college and moved to Austin, working a "normal" job. Yet, after a year, she couldn't resist scratching that creative itch, and so she returned to Memphis and to college to study ceramics. She graduated last May with a degree in hand ... and nothing much else concrete. That's when she turned to Kickstarter for what was ultimately a successful campaign to fund everything she needed — a throwing wheel, a kiln, shelving, etc. — to start Paper & Clay. (The "paper" of the business name stands for the bookmaking and paper arts McDaniel plans to pursue in the future.)
The Paper & Clay line features hand-thrown teapots and planters, nesting bowls and coffee mugs — all with simple lines and colors from pretty light blues and muted whites to stark blacks. McDaniel says her wares are inspired by mid-century and Scandinavian design and almost all are utilitarian. An admitted coffee fanatic, McDaniel has designed mugs and cups that best suit coffee, espressos, and lattes. (For the latte mugs, the mouth is wider to accommodate those who like to create latte-foam art.)
McDaniel says she finds the process of throwing on the wheel relaxing but also notes she likes the feeling of control she gets when working with clay.
"You get to make something that didn't previously exist," she says.
Paper & Clay Pop-Up Shop at Hoot + Louise (109 G.E. Patterson), Thursday, August 1st, noon-8 p.m.