In 2014, Colin Klimesh, then an MFA student at the University of Cincinnati, needed an undergrad assistant to help out with his clay projects, and he noticed one person was always in the shared studio, day and night. “I didn’t know anything about her, but clearly she was dedicated,” he says. “I took a shot in the dark and asked her.” The student, Taylor Carter, accepted—and she continued to pitch in even after Colin graduated, quickly becoming a full partner in their fledgling ceramics business, which took their initials CKTC.
“Colin and I have very different aesthetics, and what comes out of CKTC is the blend of them,” says Taylor. Her quirky, post-modern tastes are balanced by Colin’s love of simple, streamlined shapes and modern materials. To see how it all comes together, look no further than one of their wavy cylinder vases done up in a sherbet hue. Also, both artists are equally committed to sustainability. They make their own clay and glazes, controlling their footprint as much as possible. “Nothing is thrown away,” Taylor says. “Any excess clay pieces we have can be turned back into slip and reused.” Which calls for serious dedication.