Julie Guyot Studio


Take Out for the holidays.

Emily Wray4 Comments

first cups for Take Out Project

No, I'm not suggesting you order a pizza for Christmas or have your holiday dinner delivered in little paper cartons.  Just the opposite.  In 2012 I will be launching Take Out Project, a way to build community through handmade ceramics.  This project will be a way to ask people to slow down and be more conscious about what they put into their bodies and to think about the vessels that hold that nourishment as it sits on the table or is cradled in your hand.  You can read more about the project and sign up for our newsletter here.

Several people will be participating in a small trial run of the Take Out Project over the holidays.  In the next few days I will be delivering platters, cake stands and cups to people in the community to use at their holiday gatherings.  I have created a Facebook page for the project so you can stay informed and see what we are doing in the community.  Please LIKE our page and share with your friends.  We will soon be putting together a fundraising campaign and we would love for you to be a part of our community project.  If you would like to help by becoming a volunteer, please send me a message.  We appreciate your support and hope you have a wonderful holiday season!!


So many cups, so few coffee breaks.

Emily Wray8 Comments

I often hear people say, “This is a really nice cup, I just don’t know what I would do with it.”  Really?  Well, call me crazy, but what I would do is buy it, take it home and drink out of it. 

Yes, you could use it as a pencil jar.  You could put your make-up brushes in it.  But why do we need to come up with another use for a cup?  I think we are so used to buying things in multiples or sets that we just can’t fathom owning a one-of-a-kind cup and actually drinking out of it. 

Personally, I LOVE taking my afternoon break with my Birdie Boone mug (my new favorite) and some hot tea.  It is a lovely ritual and even though I am alone since I work from home, why not treat myself to a moment with something that tastes good, nourishes my body and feels good in my hand.  Plus, I just love looking at that cup and trying to figure it out (but that’s probably just the ceramic artist in me).

When you are at your office you don’t need a whole set of cups to drink your coffee.  Just one beautiful handmade cup will do.  And I guarantee it will make you feel better about your workday when you wrap your hand around it.  No one else will have the same cup.  I promise it will make you feel special.   

In case you’re in the market for a new cup, there are two cup shows opening online this week.  They are both fantastic.  Cup:  The Intimate Object VII will go live Monday, October 31st at Midnight at Charlie Cummings Gallery.   Interpreting the Cup:  Process, Influence and Intent, curated by my friend Jason Bige Burnett, is opening at Crimson Laurel Gallery November 5th and runs through December 31st.  I will tell you that both of these shows will sell fast so go immediately and look at all the fabulous cups that are being made by some really talented ceramic artists.  I have my eye on a Gwendolyn Yoppolo, or a Deborah Schwartzkoph or ……hmmm...it'll be really hard to decide.

birdie boone mug with kari radasch plate and cookies by my friend beccasee more of Kari Radasch's work here.

Take Out Project Premiers!

Emily Wray12 Comments

Austin unpacking Take Out Project's first cups at Green Peridot Salon.

I am so excited to announce the very beginning rumblings of something new I’m working on.  The Take Out Project is a ceramic sharing program that makes it’s debut today at Green Peridot Salon right here in Tallahassee.  Green Peridot Salon always makes their clients comfortable by offering tea or water to drink while they are enjoying their salon experience.  For the next two months, their clients will experience drinking out of handmade ceramic cups. 

I designed these cups specifically for the salon.  They are a shorter version of my tumblers (I call them Stumblers).  I thought they would be less likely to get knocked over by dryer and flatiron cords.  Although I have spent the last couple of weeks making these cups myself, I hope to have national ceramic artists participate in future Take Out Project events. 

More info coming soon about Take Out Project.  Stay tuned….

Step One (printing on the slab)

Step Two (forming the cups)

Step Three (adding the bottoms)