Local Notes: Honeycomb Studio

February 24, 2014

I first met Courtney of Honeycomb Studio when she attended my very first Brand Market Workshop in November. When I saw her work, I knew I had to have a first hand look to share her talent with you. As soon as you walk into the studio you feel the creative vibe, and you know you have walked into an artist’s territory. Lucky for us, Courtney so kindly opened the door to her studio to give Kimberly (who took all these beautiful photos!) and I a behind the scenes look at her process, her pieces, and what she loves most about the life of a ceramicist. I was enamored with the small details of her designs that left them with a flawless finish. Rows of beautiful and delicate pieces that I could easily fill my home with;) I will let you get to know her…

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When did you first start Honeycomb Studio full time?
Honeycomb Studio was born in the summer of 2012 when I left my job in non-profit fundraising and charged head first into the world of the working artist. I spent the first 3 months renovating a disgusting old garage in my backyard into my dream studio and then, in late October, fired my first kiln.

What is your day to day schedule like to run the studio?
I wake up around 7:30/8 and, with the first of MANY cups of tea, check emails and print shipping labels for outgoing orders. I head back to my studio around 9 am and begin the process of opening the kiln that I may have fired the day before (hope everything survived!) and starting in on the tasks for the day. Sometimes that task is production, sometimes it’s glazing, sometimes it’s mold making. Because pottery is such a physical discipline, I also try to make it to pilates or the gym around lunch time 3 or 4 times a week.

The afternoon is when the real work gets done. One of my studio assistants usually comes in around 2pm and we work our fingers to the bone and lose all sense of time until 6pm, when they go home. I usually stay in studio until 7ish, which is when I try to wrap everything up and head inside for a glass of wine and dinner with my husband. After dinner, I check emails again, and look in on my website to see if I have any new orders or any inventory that needs updating.

Do you currently have your products in any storefronts? If so, which cities?
Yes! Honeycomb Studio’s ceramics is currently for sale at about 25 select boutiques around the world, and we’re adding more stockists every month. In addition to the shops listed on our website, we’ll also soon be found in shops in Nashville, Brooklyn, Toronto, Mexico City and Perth, Australia. If you are local here in Atlanta, you can head to Steve Mckenzie’s on the Westside, West Elm in Atlantic Station, and Young Blood Boutique in Poncey Highland to see pieces in person!

What do love most about being able to do your craft for a living?
Honeycomb Studio is a labor of love. It is, undoubtedly, the hardest that I have ever worked but it’s hard to explain the power of seeing something you love grow. Of course, I love my days out in the studio with my hands in clay and having the power to realize new designs, but being able to put my work out into the world and have people respond to it is incredibly gratifying. The process of owning a business, has also stretched me in new ways and made me realize new strengths (and weaknesses) that I’d never known.

Big goals for Honeycomb Studio in the future? Can you give us any hints at upcoming products? ๐Ÿ˜‰
Oh yeah, I’ve got all kinds of goals! First and foremost, keep growing, keep connecting with my customers, and keep innovating. I have lots of new forms in mind, as well as a planned foray into lighting. I’m also kind of outgrowing my cute little studio, so I’d also like to start looking for a larger studio space – perhaps with some sort of retail component where we could host fun community events, like a Porcelain and Prosecco night. We’ll see what the future has in store!

So grateful to Courtney for allowing us to spend the morning with her. She is as genuine and sweet as they come. So happy to support her work and can’t wait to see her achieve all those up and coming goals! Porcelein and Prosecco night? I am there!

Keep up with Honeycomb Studio: Shop | Instagram | Facebook 

GIVEAWAY: Courtney also wanted to give a Copper Bud Vase to one of you readers! All you have to do is visit her shop and leave a comment letting us your favorite piece to enter!

*All photos by the talented Kimberly Murray Photography

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  • What beautiful work!
    I love the faceted bottles and the rose and copper bud vases.
    Really lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  • I am head over heels for all of her collections – but I’m especially loving the white faceted bottle with gold detail & the fallow deer antler with gold tips! Gorgeous!

  • Obsessed with Courtney’s things! I have one of her smaller polka dot vases and adore it. I’ve been eyeing the Cylinder Vase with Gold Bands since she released it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love the salt cellar

  • Thank you for featuring Honeycomb. I fell in love with Courtney’s vessels when I first saw them last year. I so wish I could have a collection of all her jars on my windowsill, but the one I’ve been lusting after the most is the dalmatian & copper apothecary jar.

  • Her work is beautiful! I’m such a fan of well made pottery. I am in love with the apothecary bottle with gold polka dots. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love the antler collection but my favorite is the porcelain salt cellar.

  • What a darling studio, and such unique pieces! I love the cylinder vase with gold bands. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I am loving her porcelain deer antler, and all the bud vases are beautiful! Her shop is a new fave ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love this shop! Thanks for sharing such a fun find! I love the white minimalist bud vases.

  • Everything she makes is beautiful! I especially love the cheese plate with the gold gilded edge!

  • Natalie Bean

    Her white doves are exquisite!!

  • Renee de Gennaro

    You have found a true gem of an artist. These pieces are simply beautiful…pieces that evoke conversation. Flagging her stuff for the perfect gift. I especially live the white and copper apothecary bottle. Stockist recommendation: Terrain at Styers in Glenn Mills, PA. I could see these being sold there with great admiration and success.

  • Gorgeous work! I adore the chic shapes and handpainted touches! Thanks for this amazing giveaway! Anna K, mattandanna at live dot com

  • I love the Carved Porcelain Bitters Bottle with Gold Rim the most, but it’s all just so pretty any piece is perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love the Rose and Copper Minimalist bud vases! Everything is beautiful though ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for introducing us, Anna!

  • So hard to choose, but I love the porcelain whitetail deer antler with gold tips. Great stuff!

  • I took a pottery class over the summer and fell in love… trying to save a bit of $ to take more classes now. I love the salt cellars. Cute and functional.

  • Love honeycomb studio, and realllyyy love her Navy + Copper bottle in the Vessels Series. Pretty porcelain is my weakness.

  • I love her stuff! My favorite is the white and copper minimalist vase…so cute!

  • Thanks so much for the intro, Anna! I’m newly obsessed with her work – it’s so so gorgeous! Now to mention, she’s got the cutest little studio! I’m headed over to browse her shop ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maggie Broderick

    I love the minimalists white and copper vases!

  • Oh my goodness, her pieces are beautiful! You know my love for anything ceramic! Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Anna. I love learning about different artists and seeing their work. Her studio is gorgeous, there’s a creative, organic feel to it that’s so beautiful. I may have to come by whenever I make a trip to Atlanta… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I love the white cheeseplate! How elegant and simple!!

  • I love the white cheeseplate! Thanks for another great find, Anna!

  • I love the green diamond tumblers in the pics, but it’s not listed yet. Otherwise, I fancy the gold chevron apothecary jars. Love your work!

  • Oh I love it all but if I had to choose….the porcelain whitetail deer antler with gold tips ๐Ÿ™‚ Perfection!

  • I Love Everything!! I could definitely see a grouping of bud vases on my kitchen table.

  • what a beautiful shop! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  • Stunning work and great interview. It’s so hard to choose just one piece I adore. I really like the minimalist white and copper vase and love the rose and copper vase. So lovely.

  • Her work is so beautiful! I would love to win.

  • Beautiful work! I absolutely love Black Faceted Bottle w/ Gold Details. But all of it is breathtaking.

  • Mai K Gelder

    I love her bud vases. Absolutely beautiful.

    Mai

  • Love it! Gilded white porcelain cheeseboard, elegant work!

  • Her studio is a dream! So much light and beautiful pieces around you all day. Imagine that!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Karen Danskin

    What do I love?…so, so hard. I have the doves and ornaments so next will be the cheese plates and I do so love the waxing moon bottle

  • Love the black matte cheeseplate. Been loving black matte lately, and would never have thought it would look so great as a serving plate.

  • Amazing! The waxing moon bottle in metallic black is gorgeous. I love her shop!

  • Veronica Newsom

    I am head over heels for Honeycomb! As a new student of wheel throwing, she inspires me so much! My favorite piece is hard to choose but I’m amazed with the Waxing Moon Bottle in White! Huge fan! Keep up the great work!!!

  • I love Honeycomb Studio, especially the gold tipped whitetail deer antlers and all of the bud vases. So beautiful! Would love to own some of her work!

  • absolutely wonderful work! I would love to spend a day in the studio watching and learning the process. thanks for the peek inside! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I LOVE HONEY COMB STUDIO! I have been following her on Instagram for awhile now. I love the Waxing Moon Bottle in white and the Apothecary Bottles. Thanks for writing this awesome article on her:)

  • her work is stunning!! i love the antler series and the fallow deer antler with gold tips!!

  • I love so many of her things. I think my favorite is the Porcelain Fallow Deer Antler with gold tips.

  • Incredible timing. I was just looking at her Scoutmob Shoppe over the weekend. I love the antler series, particularly the Longhorn Steer antler. Thanks for the tour around her studio!

  • I solute Honeycomb Studio for the dedication and chutzpa to get that going, also for the beauty of the pieces! My favorite is the Black Faceted Bottle with Gold Details. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing.

  • I really like the apothecary bottle with gold polka dots!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Wow! Gorgeous!! LOVE the white/copper vase! Also the white/copper apothecary bottles and faceted bottles with gold detail! Thank you for introducing us to her beautiful work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow! What a Give Away!

    The Vessels Series is just wonderful. Any piece is a real beauty!
    Congratulations to Courtney for such a great work!

  • Laura Kathleen

    I love the white and copper minimalist vase! So chic and perfect for my apartment!

  • Ah! All of it is amazing but my favorite is the black minimalist bud vase. Thank you for sharing this amazing studio with us!

  • LOVE the white bud vase with copper, soooooo beautiful! <3

  • This is absolutely lovely, thank you so much for sharing! I love a look into her studio and just seeing what she is doing is inspiring! Not to mention, it’s beautiful work. Can’t wait for more ‘local notes’!

  • I really love all the bud vases (especially the white and copper!), but I really love the rose and copper ones. Such gorgeous work! Wish I had more talent and ability in the world of ceramics.

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  • I love the rose & copper minimalist bud vases!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • G. Ouellette

    Thank you so much for introducing me to this fab artist. I love the gilded white porcelain cheese board! But really, everything is well done. So chic. Crossing my fingers! xox

  • When I’m not pregnant (can’t wait until May!!!), I love my cheese and wine! The Gilded White Porcelain Cheeseboard is dreamy!

  • I love the gold chevron vessel apothecary bottle. All the earthenware pieces are super gorgeous. Thanks for letting us know about this beautiful business & shop!

  • The rose & copper bud vases are my favorite! I’ve been in love with Honeycomb since exhibiting across from them at ICE Atlanta!

  • I loved the minimalist vases in all colors. They are beautiful and want the set of 3 for my home. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Allison A.

    What beautiful pieces Courtney creates! I love the matte black cheeseboard with the gilded edge. Her studio is lovely and so fun to see her follow her passion. An inspiration to me! Thank you for the opportunity on your giveaway!

  • so sweet of her to giveaway a piece! i love the vase white and copper AND the porcelain apothecary bottle with the gold cross (it’d be cute in my husband’s office – he’s a doctor!) xo jillian

  • courtney d

    My favorites are the minimalist and white cylinder vases

  • I love the Whitetail Deer Antler with Gold Tip.

  • I am in love with her Apothecary Bottles! Would love to put them in my future design projects.

  • I just love it all ! Just incredibly beautiful designs and craftsmen ship ! My favourites though is the bottle with the gold and the salt bowl is great as well ! Beautiful article and thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love the White minimalist Bud Vase!

  • Such a hard decision! But I really like the CYLINDER VASE WITH GOLD BANDS or the WHITE MINIMALIST BUD VASES.

  • Love the white minimalist bud vases!!

  • I love the porcelain whitetail deer antler! http://www.honeycomb-studio.com/the-anter-series/porcelain-whitetail-deer-antler-clear-glazed-body-with-gold-tip

    Very cool!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    -Chelsey
    -http://chelseypatti.blogspot.com

  • Rachel McClintock

    Beautiful stuff! I love that salt bowl! But really it is all amazing!

  • Gorgeous shop! I love the little salt containers ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sabrina Randhawa

    Love her work and so happy to see there is a stockist in melbourne, Australia!! My favs are the trio white and copper bud vases!! http://www.honeycomb-studio.com/decorative-vases/white-and-copper-minimalist-bud-vases-set-of-three

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    Keep up the good works guys I’ve added you guys to my own blogroll.

  • Jen Anderson

    The copper + navy Bottle and the gold chevron apothecary bottle are both my favourites.

    Thank you for bringing Courtney’s creations to my attention. I now have a heap of Christmas presents sorted, and a few new items for myself lined up also!

  • Oh mama. I would like to cuddle on up with that White and Copper Minimalist Bud Vases // Set of Three. Beautiful! – Molly PS: I wouldn’t actually cuddle them.

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