Though Wilcoxson the brand is fairly new—it launched in 2015—it’s just the latest incarnation of Kevin Wilcoxson’s decade-plus affair with ceramics. After becoming fascinated with wood-fired Japanese pottery in art school, he made fine art (think huge clay and papier-mâché sculptures) and taught pottery classes for years before opening his own studio. The experience paid off, though, in the form (uh, literally) of a new porcelain-molding process he invented. To make his mostly cylindrical pieces, Kevin pours a special porcelain slip mixture into shallow, rectangular molds then folds the dried (but still magically pliable) sheets into tubes, pressing his thumb into the edge to create what’s become his signature, off-kilter indentation and distinctive overlapping edge.
“I wanted to go beyond wheel-throwing for two reasons: one was practical—it’s incredibly hard to make sets, especially ones that feel uniform. And I wanted to create something using this really historic, classic material, but something much more modern,” says Kevin. His use of porcelain (rather than clay) also gives his pieces a luxurious touch—when held up to the light, they’re translucent, much like your parents’ Wedgewood wedding china (though that’s the ONLY way they resemble something you might have seen at your family’s Thanksgiving dinner). Kevin’s finely honed production recipe (his term for it) also gives him the freedom to get a lil’ crazy when it comes to incorporating color—he loves to work with geometric patterns, but he freehands them, leaving charmingly irregular grids and lines that fade into wisps. He might not be in front of a classroom anymore, but that’s not stopping Kevin from teaching us all a thing or two.