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Atelier Dion: Ceramics for Caffeine Fiends

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 30, 2014 01:09 AM
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by Cheryl Locke last modified Oct 29, 2014

In just four years, Rie and Jay Dion of ceramics studio Atelier Dion  have attracted a large and loyal following. Early on, San Francisco cafes placed orders—first Four Barrel, then Sightglass and Bicycle Coffee, a notable turn of events because baristas are a famously fussy crowd. What makes Atelier Dion so special? Their vessels of unglazed clay are designed to enhance coffee drinking. The Dions, both with MFAs from SF's California College of Arts (CCA), concocted bespoke shades of tans and browns to complement the color of coffee. Plus, the clay bodies themselves serve as good insulators, keeping the beverage warm while providing a satisfyingly tactile heft. As Rie says, “Once you get it, you can feel it.” Photography by Joe Perez-Green , unless otherwise noted. Above: Mugs , $35 each, made exclusively for third-wave coffee roaster Sightglass; they're available at the cafe's two SF locations. Photograph via Sightglass. Above: Rie (left) and Jay Dion met at CCA and used their honeymoon fund to set up shop in West Oakland. Already darlings of local coffee aficionados, they're now an Internet sensation, having just raised $50,000 via a  Kickstarter campaign . They plan to spend the funds on a new kiln and press. Photograph via Umami Mart. Above: Clay to make slips for slip-casting at Atelier Dion. Above: Mason stains are added to the clay to create custom colors.  Above: Liquid slip being poured into plaster molds of various sizes, from espresso cups to latte mugs.  Above: Rie grew up in Japan and says she developed her appreciation for handmade ceramics at a young age "while eating mom's food."  Above: Beni, the studio hound, guards new blue-edged mugs. Above: In addition to coffee mugs, Atelier Dion has launched a tableware line called Cobalt . A place setting—platter, plate, and bowl—is $140.  Above: A trio of Atelier Dion teacups, a limited run with frequent collaborator Umami Mart, in Oakland. Similar Yunomi  six-ounce teacups are available at the Japanese kitchenware store for $36 each. For a tour of the boutique, see Japanese Style Comes to Oakland . Photograph via Umami Mart. Above: Three-Ounce Color Clay Cups in shades of cream and pink; contact Atelier Dion for details. Above: Teacups made in collaboration with Union Made, a general store in SF. These examples are sold out, but similar cups are available from  Atelier Dion . Photograph via Union Made. Above: Molded from soup cans,  Atelier Dion Can Cups  come in three sizes designed to nest inside each other; $16, $20, and $24 each, at Umami Mart. Photograph via Umami Mart. To see more of the collection and inquire about availability and prices, visit Atelier Dion .  Inspired to start your own collection of handmade ceramics? Browse our Ceramics  section. Some of our favorites include: All the Freshness of New York: Katakana Ceramics Ceramics that Once Lived in the White House Trend Alert: 10 Artful Coffee Drippers An Irresistible Self-Watering Ceramic Planter More Stories from Remodelista Clear the Decks: 11 Ideas for Controlling Desktop Paper (Shredder Included)






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