on the colour of clay

HG | Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott

Until a couple weeks ago
I’d never really thought about
the colour of clay before it’s turned to dishes.



It hadn’t struck me
that it might start as a solid soft grey.
And that once formed
and set to dry,
it’s colour would change each day.
Slowly, from one shade of grey to the next.
I think I’d imagined
that porcelain
would start out white.



HG | Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott


So, when we found ourselves
at the studio of Atelier Make,
the potters behind a number of our pieces and our good friends,
and they told us that
while some clays do arrive white,
the specific types they use to produce our pieces
remain grey until their first firing,
I was a little amazed.



I’d known that potters’ studios
were handsome places.
I’d imagined the process of making things
from clay would be beautiful thing.
But after spending time in one
I like them even more.


There’s a fine dust that settles
over most things there.
Tiny bits of clay that dull almost every surface.
It takes the sheen from things
and leaves something of an enchanted calm.

xo, N





HG | Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott



photos: michael graydon + nikole herriott
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HG | Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott




these shorts
this apron in natural
this photo from IG
these earrings
i can’t stop thinking about this cake
this egg, yes please
montreal notes: the bagels and the pistacho loaf here
these dapples
and this


HG | Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott

posted on April 4, 2013 by Nikole


  1. Sheridan Lee Cernik says:

    Lovely Website but pale font color is very difficult to read on a white background.

  2. pve says:

    I love that grey clay and everything you post here.

  3. WSAKE says:

    love it
    like silver
    i work with everyday

    our shadow
    our mirror

    and keep the grey font:)

  4. Sanda says:

    Such an amazing pieces!! I remember going with my mum to a studio of local ceramic’s artist .. exactly as you described it.

  5. Tiff says:

    I just visited Jaimie and Atelier Make, and they are just wonderful. The pieces are gorgeous, and it’s lovely to see some of those plates in their basic form.

    Great post, looking forward to seeing the next HG x Atelier Make pieces!

  6. krystal says:

    What a lovely peek into this studio. As a fellow ceramicist, I love to see the spaces that other potters create in. The transformation that clay goes through from a ball of mud in your hand, to a finished piece is one of the reasons I got hooked! It truly is like magic.

  7. Sarah says:

    I love everything you post here too! I just found you yesterday and spent last night reading through your posts. I love the story behind what you do and this blog and your photos are a huge delight to look at.
    How fun that I just found you and here you are with a beautiful new post…I’ve always wanted to learn how to make pottery. I imagine it must be peaceful to sit at the wheel and create lovely things….like your description of an enchanting calm.


  8. anne says:

    so beautiful and simple. you find the beauty in the everyday and i feel refreshed just looking on.

  9. Jade Sheldon says:

    This post makes me swoon. I majored in illustration in college and absolutely loved going out to the ceramics building. Such a beautiful process.

  10. I love the collaboration between you two! I have few little plates from Atelier make: they are so delicate, I love them!
    Pictures in your posts are always amazing! (and these juicers!!!! Pure awesomeness!)
    Oh, and regarding the pistachio cake, I know what you mean: this loaf is super addictive! I cooked few cakes based on Stephanie Labelle’s recipe, you can find the recipe on my blog if you want (in French though) :) : http://www.christelleisflabbergasting.com/2012/11/cake-la-pistache-et-le-livre-les.html

  11. Wow, I’m so pleased to see such artisan clay goods being made. Like artwork!

  12. Melissa says:

    This is beautiful, I never really thought of it that way either but truly beautiful!

  13. Isabelle says:

    oh my total admiration , it’ s just absolutely beautiful .

  14. H says:


    Who took these photographs?

  15. Hi, thats really nice. i like the grey and the flower-pattern.

    greatings from germany. :o)

  16. natascha says:

    Beautiful pieces. Potter’s studios are magic places!

  17. Sara says:

    Hi Nicole, my name is Sara. I´m from Mexico City. I love your blog. The thing is I´m looking for ceramic pottery classes in NY. Do you know any studios where I can learn? . I´ve never tried it before and would love to do it. I would love to go to Montreal to Atelier Make but I don´t thing it´s gonna happen soon.

    Thanks a lot

  18. Elena Fusi says:

    I am a girl of 23 years of Florence, I studied to work in the field of ceramics, I am looking for someone who can increase my work experience, I wanted to know if it was possible to work with your company, thank you.

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