EBJ Holiday Highlight
This holiday season EBJ is honored to once again be the only retailer to carry Corbé ceramics! We’re so excited in fact, that I want to tell you a little about how we became such good friends and what this amazing husband and wife team means to me.
Back in 2016 when I was planning my move to Detroit looking for a studio. I was reaching out to anyone who posted their email online and a connection to the arts. Kaitlyn from Corbé was one of the few people who even answered my email. She ended up connecting me with Kyle from Hunt and Noyer and we shared a studio in Downtown Detroit for a year and a half before moving into our current Ferndale studio. Through that downtown space I met Natasha and Caitlin who have grown with me and built EBJ for the past 5 ½ years. Kaitlyn, her husband Ryan, Kyle and I became fast friends, we sold at craft fairs and trade shows we even vacationed together. They introduced me to a vibrant and supportive handmade business community in Detroit and shared my love of a handmade life with meaningful objects.
These days Corbé has grown and evolved (like the rest of us). They now split their time between a few different projects including a sister company Lark at Home and larger sculptural commissions. We hope that you stop in the Ferndale store this holiday season and shop their beautiful, handmade in metro Detroit ceramics that you won’t find anywhere else.
All About Our Friends at Corbé
Corbé is a ceramic design studio located in Detroit, Michigan. With a focus in handcrafting porcelain wares, their designs are simple and useful. Perfect for the modern home and table! Inspired by mid-century design, Corbé “balances the precision of technology with warmth of hand.” Their ceramics are American manufactured and produced at a small scale, making each piece one-of-a-kind. We are so proud to have their beautiful work for sale in our shop! You know we love handmade goods here at EBJ.
History of Corbé
Corbé was born on Orca Island, Washington in 2012. Then, in the winter of 2015, the island-grown ceramics studio set its sights on relocating to Detroit. “For us, Detroit means family, a community spirit of creativity, design, and hard work. It’s shown us the kind of bootstrapping that’s so admirable and transformative, we had to be a part of it.” We couldn’t agree more! We are so happy to have Corbé as one of our many inspiring neighbors.
Run by work and life partners, Kaitlyn and Ryan Lawless, Corbé found a strong foundation in their differing backgrounds. Spending years in different fields - ceramic sculpture, production pottery, graphic design, marketing, and retail - there’s no shortage of skills! You can tell how thoughtful their process is just by how beautiful their pieces are.
The name, Corbé, comes from “the resurrection of a lost family name.” In Old French, the word Corbé translates to “raven.” Thinking it would be the perfect way to honor the past while also paying homage to a profession rooted in tradition, they couldn’t pass up on Corbé.
“We seek to take what’s old and good and make it better with what we’ve learned along the way.” -Corbé
Read more about Corbé's inspirations here.