You know how they say change begets change? Well, after bringing her first baby into the world, KCRW communications whiz and longtime ceramics enthusiast Mia Herron Kantor knew that she had to shake things up in a big way. “After becoming a mother, it suddenly became very clear that I should pursue working with clay. It’s what I’m really passionate about and offers lifelong learning,” shares Mia. And she certainly had the skills she needed to pursue the project full-time, launching Pax Ceramics in 2015: The crafty wunderkind took her first wheel class at age ten, and she played around with the hobby throughout her twenties. “Throwing pottery is such a meditative practice. While I wasn’t consistent, it continued to always be a touchstone in my life,” she says.
What sets the line apart are the unusual, angular shapes she brings to her vessels—imagine mugs and vases with nipped-in waists, glazed with soft gradients of color that fade into cream (inspired by her local SoCal sunsets). And if they look unlike any other pieces you’ve ever seen, there’s a reason—Mia 3-D prints her models before slip-casting and airbrushing the finished work. It’s a technique that smartly toes the line between old and new. “I wanted to imbue my work with depth and thought, which can be absent in mass-produced goods,” she says. How’s that for bringing new life to an ancient art form?—katie nave freeman