For more than a decade, Miro Chun thought architecture was her calling—before she realized that her real passion was right in front of her, sitting on the kitchen table. The fearless cook (like, makes her own jam fearless) couldn’t find quite the right dishes for prepping and serving up meals—so she enrolled in her first ceramics class in 2008, hellbent on making tableware. Her teacher’s less-than-motivating response? “It’ll take you seven years.” Undeterred, Miro focused on honing her spare, precise style and was churning out pieces in a third of that time. She went pro and launched the very accurately named Miro Made This in 2014, dedicated to simple-but-clever plates, bowls, platters, tumblers, and carafes, all with unglazed exteriors that salute the rich, organic colors of the clays.
And though designing buildings turned out to be a stepping stone for the Phoenix, Arizona-based potter, the nuanced training that field gave her in the interaction between people and things is still a huge source of inspiration.“I like very functional, very clean, minimalist sorts of things that work well in everyday life,” Miro explains. “Being able to touch and hold something and use it allows for more human interaction.” That zenned-out sentiment stands whether her bowls are holding hand-cut pasta or breakfast cereal. —christina pellegrini