...a little mud
Holly Noury, Founder
Since she was very young digging holes with her brothers in their backyard, Holly has never shied from getting her hands dirty. While her brothers competed to dig the biggest hole, Holly focused on how to make figures, bowls, utensils, and bracelets with the clay-bound dirt she unearthed by adding grass, leaves and small twigs as reinforcements. ‘Baking’ her creations on the searing hot metal slide in the full sun of the yard was the final step in the process of Holly’s first hand-crafted, albeit ephemeral, playthings.
Skipping ahead through various careers in three-dimensional design, including the last 24 years in landscape design, Holly is furthering her original love of mud in ceramics. Now her pieces are functional with a clear eye on form ranging from bowls and vases to jewelry.
Holly’s designs have always been inspired by her love and bond with nature and that is apparent in the form, texture, movement, and glaze choices. She loves working with a range of clay bodies and has experimented in making her own glazes. Now properly fired in a kiln instead of a backyard slide, the pieces are more permanent.
She is currently working on a collection that uses native unpurified clay from gardens around Brooklyn, New York, where her home and landscape design business are based. Taking the clay which is undesirable in a garden and repurposing it into some of her ceramic pieces is pure joy for Holly and makes the resulting forms she creates more significant, bringing the creative process from garden design to ceramics together...all the while having #funwithmud !!