At Ephraim we create pottery in limited editions. Each year we role out a “Studio Collection” that represents the best of our current work. Studio Collection pieces are created in editions of up to 500 pieces. From time-to-time we also make special smaller editions. This year, in honor of our 20th anniversary, we are creating four seasonal collections – only available for 6 short weeks each season.
Limited editions are traditionally a common practice in the artistic realms of printmaking, photography, and slip cast pottery, but an unusual practice for a studio pottery that individually hand throws and sculpts each piece. So why do we make limited editions?
1. Limited editions allow us to work with a collaborative approach to design and a specialized approach to production.
2. There is an essential practicality to working in editions that enables us to leverage efficiency while still offering a large variety of designs.
3. Refining a single design forces us to hone our craftsmanship skills. There is a certain zen that comes with refinement which ultimately allows us to achieve a higher level of quality.
4. Small editions require us to refine, but then continue to design and move forward. Just as our patrons’ sensibilities evolve from season-to-season so do our artists’ eyes. Not being committed to a design for years allows us to evolve in a free way.