The ceramics line The Granite began the way a classic joke might: Two designers walked into a bar. No, seriously—Meg Drinkwater and Megan Perry first crossed paths in the early 2000s, mixing up craft cocktails at a lounge in Northeast Portland. “We instantly became friends—I was studying to be an interior designer, and Meg has a degree in metalsmithing. Every Friday night we’d hang out and make things together,” says Megan. There were massive origami light projects—“It would take us a whole week to make a single light, and then they kept getting bent. So we had to scrap that idea,” says Meg—and experimentations in porcelain slip-casting, even after the two abandoned negroni-mixing for full-time design gigs.
A few years later, they had reason to put those ceramics skills to good use: “Meg grew up in New Hampshire, and the land her house is on is just ancient. Her mom literally dug up an old glass milk bottle and sent it to her as a present,” explains Megan. “The shape was so attractive, we decided to make a mold out of it,” adds Meg.
After a few dozen batches flew off the shelves, their business was born. In addition to an eye for perfectly proportioned shapes—they also cast pendant lights, mugs, and bowls—the two have a standout sense of pattern, hand-painting dot, line, and circle motifs that feel ordered but not necessarily precise. Now, more than a decade later, Meg and Megan are officially co-workers again—but this time around they’re also their own bosses. —liz