There's something about handmade things that makes it all more special and unique. And with the meticulous and special attention spent on these things, it's no surprise that we're instantly captivated—addicted to the sense of collecting one-of-a-kind items we know we'll love a long time.
Now, if you're like me who's got a soft spot for adorable ceramic ware, you're in luck! I've stumbled upon an online shop that creates the cutest ceramic mugs you never knew you needed. Preview had the chance to catch up with Iori Espiritu, the talented potter behind Masa Studio, and we talked all about her love for the craft and her Instagrammable face mugs.
Iori's relationship with clay seems to be a personal one. Her first foray into the craft started back in 2008 when she learned the basics from the Pettyjohn Pottery Workshop—which unfortunately closed after she's finished with her classes. Years later, Iori "rekindled her love with clay." She tells Preview, "I got diagnosed with lupus and tried my hands on pottery again as a form of art therapy." Iori hasn't stopped making ceramics since, and her obsession led her to opening up her own studio in 2014.
Before Iori was a potter, though, she was first a children's book illustrator. Hence, her visual aesthetics have transcended from books to ceramics. In the pottery world, Iori's face mugs are distinctly cutesy, like they're lifted and fashioned after a storybook character.
"Each piece is made by hand—from forming to painting—so no two pieces are alike. I also like to play and experiment with colors and forms, so there is always something new to look forward to," Iori shares. She adds that her "face mugs has gone through several iterations already. And it's just interesting to see how style develops or changes through time or what else can be done [to make it more unique]."
It is because of this creative pursuit to bring her customers a rare piece that has lead many Instagram shoppers to flock her online store. But it's a fib to say that Iori doesn't feel exhaustion. "I've burned myself out a couple of times. I used to say yes whenever there's a request for commission works and orders but I couldn't keep up and it takes a toll on my body," she admits. Now, she's enforced a better system to keep up. "What I do now is just make within my limits and people can just choose from what's available. This gives me less pressure and I get to enjoy the making process at my own pace."
So, if you're wondering when you can get your hands on one of Iori's face mugs, all we can say is that good things come to those who wait. Keep your notifs on to get alerted when she's dropping a new collection! Oh, and a word from the artist herself, "I'll be restocking around 2nd week October!"
Iori's ceramic pieces range from P700 to P1500. For inquiries, log onto Iori's Insta-shop, Masa Studio.