Elegant, yet rustic, functional pottery. Incorporating an antique lace pattern, made by my great grandmother, into each piece, preserves the extraordinary detail hand stitched close to 100 years ago.
What inspired you to start your business?
Growing up on only child, Raffaela uses heirlooms from her family to create her work. Primarily focused on impressing her great grandmother’s lace into her wears. Elegant yet rustic, each piece is hand made from slab. Using mostly matte glaze and exposed clay she strives to create a country asthetic for things we use every day. Raffaela has a B.A. in production management from Marymount Manhattan College. A far cry from her original life goal of being a production stage manager for theatre, she has been studying ceramics seriously since 2013. She attended Haystack to study under Gerit Grimm in 2016. She has sold her work at “The Grand Bazarr NYC”, “Artists and Fleas”, “Women’s club of White Plains”, “SoleStreet” and online.
What makes your house a home?
Having friends around. Living in midtown manhattan, it is very easy for friends to stop by all day. I love hosting my friends and serving snacks on my handmade wares.
What's one thing you love to do that you get to do almost every day?
Make pottery! :)
What simple pleasures do you like to enjoy?
Name one thing on your "bucket list."
Travel to all 59 national parks.
Why did you choose to be part of Nest on Main?
I am from the area! I'm always looking for an opportunity to be a part of a creative community and Nest shares a similar aesthetic.