When you meet Kate Riley, she's quiet. Unassuming.
But, her work speaks for itself.
Each of Riley's ceramic pieces are one of a kind - and uniquely Milwaukee.
In fact, if you've eaten at a restaurant in Milwaukee lately, you are likely to have seen something she created just for that particular venue.
After all, she custom designed the 72 airy plates on the wall at Odd Duck in Walker’s Point. She’s designed creative tabletop solutions, including bowls and plates, for c.1880 and oven-safe crocks for Wolf Peach restaurant.
And her pint-sized mugs were the star of the show at Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub during Milwaukee Beer Week.
"This work makes me happy," Riley says when you ask her why she started her own business. "I have not stopped creating since that first day in ceramics class."
Riley’s approach is whimsical, thoughtful, and functional. Food safe pieces are oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. And her use of high-fired glazing methods keeps the pottery food-protected and impermeable to water.
Riley says the whole point of her work is to make pieces that are truly functional - because nothing makes her happier than seeing someone using a piece that she's made.
"Its hard work and frustrating at times," she says. "But something beautiful always comes out."
We're proud to be able to share a bit of that beauty with you.
See more of Katie's work at her Etsy site.
Katie's work is currently featured in our Good Morning, Milwaukee collection.