Tamra stumbled across these lovely buoy inspired ceramic lamps (see above) and searched out their creator Zoe Garred of Fleet Objects to find out more for our Handmade and Hot blog post… Turns out she is another Handmade artist residing in Vancouver.
Who are you and where is your workshop/store/studio?
My name is Zoe and I have a design studio called Fleet Objects in Vancouver Canada.
How and why did you start your business?
I worked for a fantastic company called molo design for a number of years after studying design at Emily Carr University. I had my own studio too where I worked on projects for myself that I would sometimes exhibit or sell on a small scale. It was only after a fire wiped out my studio in December 2009 that I was faced with the dilemma of whether to rebuild and get serious about my work or whether to just let it rest. I decided to go for it and Fleet Objects was born.
Why do you hand make your products? What do you get out of it?
I love working with my hands. I get tired of sitting at a computer really easily so being able to balance that with getting dirty in the studio is fantastic. Most of my designs are very tactile. I love working with raw, natural materials so being hands on is a must for getting the designs just right.
How long does it take to make your pieces?
It takes a number of weeks. Most of my pieces are ceramic so it’s a long process of casting, firing, glazing and re-firing.
What is your studio/work space like?
It’s a clean open white space with lots of shelving and a big table in the middle of the room. My kiln is also right in the room which is very cozy.
What new products do you have in mind for 2013?
I’m very inspired by the ocean. The vast majority of my products have something to do with water, boats or fishing. I’m sure next year I’ll continue to explore the great deep. I’ve also been wanting to add some more materials to the line so have been talking with my friend Tom Im who has a company called Mimot Studios about collaborating on some metal jewelry. I’ve also really been wanting to work with woven materials so we’ll see where that goes…
How would you like your collection to grow? And where else would you like to see it sold?
I want to keep adding depth to the collection. Like I said, more materials and also more combinations of materials.
I love selling my products in small boutique shops that are curated by an owner who is passionate about each piece they bring in. It’s a fantastic when you know that someone will speak about your work with love and attention.
What is the best thing about what you do?
I get to do such a huge variety of things in a day. I love all parts of it. From meeting new people who are excited about my work, to getting hands on and dirty in the studio, to the satisfaction of a piece coming out perfect from the kiln, to hearing back from a happy customer and feeling like I’ve made a positive contribution to their lives.
Thank you Zoe, great to learn more about you and your work, can’t wait to see what you make with Mimot Studios.
Tamra and Gwyn