Westporter Claudia Schattman and Sarah Bernhardt of Ridgefield are launching their brand, ClayStory, ceramics and mosaics, on the day we celebrate our planet: Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. they will be on hand at Terrain’s Westport location as a brand-launch event and to share their art with shoppers. This is a special one-day event, and you will find them set up on the counter near the cosmetics section.
If you miss it—perhaps you’ve already made plans for the day—the business partners return for a second celebration, this time for Mother’s Day. It is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 (rain date is May 9), also at Terrain in Westport, this time in the outside garden section.
“ClayStory is the result of a decades long artistic passion and friendship,” says Claudia. “Sarah and I first met as young mothers when our daughters were attending the same pre-K program. Both trained ceramicists, we mused for years about taking the time to create something meaningful and beautiful together. In the last year, and with the support of our now adult daughters, we have finally brought that vision to life!” Claudia studied ceramics and English at Skidmore College, and Sarah received her BFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts.
The last year-plus has been full of challenges or, as entrepreneurs see it, opportunities. ClayStory came about out of necessity and to express the value of simple joys. The pieces appeal to people who enjoy the hand-made feel but also want to actually use the dishes, napkin rings, cups and other items that they bought. These are not museum pieces.
“We have designed our ClayStory line, which embodies effortless, everyday luxury,” says Claudia. “All the pieces are unique, functional, and microwave and dishwasher safe, and all designs can be beautifully intermingled. We are constantly inspired by antiques, our surroundings of the ocean and country, and life’s little moments. Everything is handmade, by us, and every single piece is one of a kind. We are grounded in empowering woman-owned and local businesses, being environmentally friendly (more clay, less plastic!), and in celebrating the beauty in every day.”
If you’ve ever thought of running your own business, Claudia offers this advice: “We are still figuring this out as we go, but I always find myself saying, ‘I can’t wait to go to the studio!’ So our best advice is simple: Do what you love with the people you love. That makes the whole process worthwhile.”
You can see examples of their work on Instagram @ClayStoryCT. The website and online shop launch concurrently with the Terrain sale.
Stop in to see the line and ask the ceramists about this sustainable. Earth-friendly art.
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