January 1, 2017
Article by Shannon Wianecki
Subijana began working with clay after having a child two years ago. It grounded her and gave her a creative outlet. But, she says, “It turns out I’m a production potter. I naturally think in terms of collections or groups.” Before long, her “hobby” had taken over every ledge in her house. So she invited her friend and fellow ceramicist, Sunkel, to partner in a business.
The pair brings a spiritual sensibility to their studio work. “The thing about ceramics,” says Subijana, “is that you have to cultivate a sense of trust and surrender.” She and Sunkel laugh over the plates they’ve lost through trial and error. Their goal with Altar Ceramics is to rekindle a sense of ritual, and bring intentionality to everyday meals. They aim to create aesthetically pleasing pieces that also radiate a sense of wellbeing. “Ceramics is silica, a crystal,” says Subijana. “It’s going to take on the vibration of the person who makes it.” If that sounds too far out, she says, “Think of a well-loved mug, the energy it holds. You can sense that.”