For many of us, the magical noon hour is for stuffing our faces while trolling Twitter. But for Forrest Lewinger, lunchtime has nothing to do with eating. A Georgia guy who moved to NYC in 2011, Forrest, who spends his days as a potter and production assistant for a high-end ceramicist, decided to commit his midday meal time to creating one original piece of artwork per day—clay creations, glazed blue, that he called lunch pots.
After a few months at it in 2012, these projects began to take over his apartment—and friends asked to take them off his hands. “But they’re really hard for me to let go,” Forrest says. “I still have them all over my house. They’re from the start of something,” says Forrest.
In fact, they were the start of his own company, which quickly got a name: Workaday Handmade. Since those early days, he has expanded his scope to hand-thrown and -painted cups, bowls, and vases, has mixed up his color palette, has gotten a studio space, and has added some after-hours time to the schedule. We just hope that at some point he starts taking a lunch break for real. —jackie varriano
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