I am committed to my work, and to my lifestyle. In my work, I am committed to using fine and sturdy fabrics in the collection, because I want the pieces to last a very long time. I am committed to making everything in Los Angeles, because it is important to me to support my community. I choose these things because I believe they are right and good. In my life, I know that I deserve to be a sane person. I know that I need time away to be sane, so I take it. Not because I am spoiled, but because I value my existence as a happy, balanced person. Everyone deserves this.
BETH KATZ (Mt. Washington Pottery)
Beth Katz is the creative force behind Mt. Washington Pottery, a beautiful collection of functional and decorative ceramics.
Beth makes all the work by hand and on the potter's wheel in her Los Angeles, California studio. Her work has an elegant simplicity, which marries the wabi-sabi aesthetic of traditional Japanese ceramics and the modernism of Scandinavian design. These elements are clearly visible in the fluidity of her forms and in the literal mark she leaves of her own hand: the remnant of her fingerprints at the bottom of each piece.
ERIN ALTHEA (Love & Quarry)
Erin has an inexhaustible passion for drawing and painting. She loves the imperfections and human touch that come with hand-made artwork, and seeing how these elements blend with new kinds of media and new ideas. She became an illustrator after graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA in 2008. She enjoys exploring ways of expanding and stretching her work through new challenges and collaborations!
Erin currently live in Los Angeles, CA with her twin daughters, Scarlett and Juniper (who often sneak into her artwork), and her husband and fellow artist Mike Bertino.
POONAM SHARMA & ALI JEEVANJEE (Ply)
Ply is a line of furniture designed by Mt. Washington residents and Mt. Washington Elementary school parents Ali Jeevanjee and Poonam Sharma of LOC Architects.
Ali, a Los Angeles native studied architecture at Cornell and Harvard University and spent his formative years working for artist Laddie Dill and the architect Frank Gehry where he discovered his obsession with plywood and has since spent many an hour slicing sheets of plywood into little strips.
Poonam grew up in the Chandigarh, India the brutalist capitol designed by Le Corbusier and studied architecture at SCI-Arc. In 2006 Ali and Poonam founded LOC Architects, a practice in Downtown LA and they began making furniture for their own live/work space in Chinatown.
In 2013 Ali and Poonam moved to Mt. Washington with no furniture as the rock star buyer of their Chinatown space bought all of the furniture. They began to remake and redesign several of their pieces and introduced them for sale in 2016. Ply is furniture reduced to the fundamental qualities of materiality, joinery, dimensions and finish. Each piece is designed and handmade in Los Angeles of rotary cut douglas fir plywood and can be shipped nation-wide.
Originally trained as a painter, Pauline Wolstencroft creates hand-formed ceramic pieces which she decorates using a combination of underglazes, stains, and glazes. She is inspired and informed by the landscape and colors found in her adopted home of California. She lives in Highland Park, CA.