Corbe Co.

Corbe Co.Corbé is a ceramics and design studio in Eastsound, Washington among the majestic San Juan Islands. Balancing the precision of technology with the warmth of hand, we value design and craft as well as art and small-scale, American manufacture. We have found our purpose in making useful ceramics and thoughtful objects for your hands, homes and kitchens.

We are Kaitlyn and Ryan Lawless, partners in life and work, and owners of Corbé. We formed Corbé in 2012 on a collaboration of differing backgrounds to challenge, complement, and round out the ceramics design studio we wanted to build. Years in different fields — ceramic sculpture, production pottery, graphic design,

marketing, and retail — make our partnership a strong foundation for Corbé. The broad visions of one are nuanced by the detailed thinking of the other. Our time is spent solving, musing, and evolving the things we’ve created, and we can’t imagine doing anything else.

Our name, Corbé, comes from the resurrection of a lost family name. In Old French, ‘Corbé’ translates to ‘raven’ and it’s from here that we’ve adopted the feather. We couldn’t think of a better way to honor our past and pay homage to this profession steeped in tradition. As one of the oldest art forms, ceramics shines a light on traditional methods while inspiring new processes and modern forms everyday. Our namesake represents that journey —

where we come from, where we will go, and the ways in which Corbé will grow.

We seek to take what’s old and good and make it better with what we’ve learned along the way. And we’re excited about that. Very excited. We’re combining new technologies with age-old processes for a body of work that is indicative of the times yet without expiration. We farm while listening to podcasts, bake with digital scales, draw with on-screen pens, learn fermenting from YouTube, and send our glaze recipes to a cloud. We are a ceramics and design studio that believes in modern handufacturing; one that's learned from the past and is looking to the future.


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