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Inside Job

Inside the Bright, Pet-Friendly Studio of Two Ceramacist BFFs

Inside Job BY katie nave freeman 05/12/2017

If cuddly pooches, dreamy design, and creative biz women are your jams, then welcome to the breathtaking world of Franca. Ceramic goddesses Jazmin de la Guardia and Sierra Yip-Bannicq launched their co. in 2016 and typically spend seven days a week making ribbed-planter, splattered-vase, puppy-patterned-mug magic in their sunny Brooklyn studio. They took a break to share how they live their best lives in their mad-organized home away from home...complete with a daybed, perfect for ruminating on their next creations.

“These are our worktables, which we built and painted ourselves, and behind that is the shelf for all of our recently casted pieces. At that stage in the process, before they have been fired, they are called greenware. They all have a top section that needs to be removed, and this extra material is then reclaimed and reused again in the slip-casting process, so there is very little waste. ” —Jazmin 

 

“Meet Uma, our resident studio assistant. She is great at taking naps in all of the sunniest spots, especially on our daybed. Fun fact: She’s also the inspiration behind our most popular design. The Moroccan kilim pillows are from West Elm, we made the printed pillows she’s lying on, and we built the bed base out of two wooden boxes.”—Jazmin


“Welcome to our tool wall! Most of the brushes we use are for glazing, and the metal tools we use more for mold-making. We keep everything organized with this pegboard wall.” —Sierra

 

 

“Here we are casting some of our Costa Bottles at the studio (I'm on the left). Slip-casting involves pouring liquid clay into the molds and cleaning them up afterwards, so we try really hard to stay organized with lots of shelving and storage.” —Sierra

 

 

 

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“This is where we keep finished pieces waiting to be shipped to their new homes. Everything is hand-finished and hand-glazed, so all of our products are slightly different. I love that it makes them both accessible and unique.”—Jazmin


“This is Bowie, our newest crew member, taking a nap on some plaster casting molds.”—Sierra


Here’s some of our favorite pieces. We always design together in the studio—we set aside time and create rough sketches. We’re always thinking about what to create next. It’s really fun to constantly share things that we like and are inspired by.” —Jazmin

 

Images by Annie Jung for Culivate

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