July 1, 2016
O-M ceramics is a studio based in Los Angeles by designer Carrie Lau. Since starting her studio in 2014, Carrie has been creating minimal and functional ceramics that are both unique and modern. Her interest Hong Kong and Los Angeles culture, particularly when it comes to their artistic and handmade heritage, have inspired her collections.
Why did you start working in this particular craft?
My friend introduced me to ceramics a few years ago, but at the time I didn’t think I’d create a business out of it. Working with clay is a joyful time for me because the process helps me focus, and I love making things with my hands. It is so much fun making pieces as well as learning from the process, and I am always motivated to continue learning. The more I practiced, the more my house filled up with pottery, and when friends came over they would ask if they could commission my work. This gave me the confidence to begin a business out of my craft.
What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?
Hearing people’s positive feedback on my work, as well as having creative conversations with makers and shoppers at fairs are definitely my favorite moments. It’s so exciting when people love my work, and I think that encourages and reminds me why I am creating ceramics.
How does the city you live in influence your work?
Los Angeles is a city full of possibilities. There are so many artists and designers in town who are so talented. I really like the handmade culture, and all the things happening in LA. It changes so fast that you can get a lot of inspiration from people, the communities and the city, if you pay attention.
What are some inspirations for your work?
I get inspiration from traveling, landscapes, other artists, fashion designers, architects, magazines, photographers, restaurants, cities, and friends around me. There’s no end to inspiration.