Q+A with Stephen & Nathan of Powder Studio
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your craft.
Powder Studio was created by Nathan Tucker and Stephen James in December 2013. Powder Studio is a ceramics studio based in the NoDa Historic Arts District of Charlotte, NC. They create handcast porcelain jewelry, homewares, and lighting fixtures in small batches meant to be used and enjoyed in everyday life - "This ain't your grandma's fine China!"
Where do you draw energy and inspiration for your work?
In our overall creative concepts and design of work we pull inspiration from Outer Space – how could you not be inspired by the vast, beautiful, unknown universe?! We pull from pop- culture references like space crafts to the very literal phases of the moon.
What’s one of your favorite moments of the creative process?
Stephen: GLAZING! It's my absolute favorite part of our process. The best part about glazing is seeing matte colors go into the kiln and then seeing glossy finished pieces after the high firing. It's a magical feeling when you see new glaze techniques, colors, and styles come out more beautifully than you could have ever expected.
What roadblocks have you hit and overcome as a small business owner?
Stephen: Other than the local light rail construction blocking our studio community from the proper Arts District...I'd say our biggest roadblocks have been with materials and equipment. We've had some equipment issues and certain materials that took us time to figure out how to remedy.
Nathan: Haha yes, the literal roadblock has been the biggest for us so far ;]
What do you have planned for your business in the months to come? Any new projects, collabs, collections you can hint at?
We have a few markets coming up in the North Carolina area. We are testing some new glaze colors/styles for existing products that we plan to release June along with a revamp of an old product we no longer produce (IT'S GONNA BE BIG!). Outside of those immediate projects we are talking with several local businesses/ clients about custom projects and we are excited to see how these projects will take form.
Tell us about a small victory! The little things are so worthy of celebration! (Anything that made you do your happy dance:)
Our most recent victory was completing an order for a local coffee shop here in Charlotte (Not Just Coffee). We produced custom 'Comet' coffee mugs with NJC's logo and they are selling them in all of their locations as a branding project. We are really excited to be working with such a great company - their mochas are SO GOOD.