Corbe Company: Introducing the Fifty United Plates


Photo by Roots Photography

Photo by Roots Photography

Check out Corbe Company based in the Russell

Corbé is a ceramics and design studio in Detroit, Michigan. 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.

Formed in 2012 on Orcas Island, Washington, the rural, watery dwelling has forever left its mark on our lives and body of work. In the winter of 2015 our little island-grown ceramics studio set it sights on the possibilities and inspiration of Detroit. For us, Detroit means family, a community spirit of creativity, design, and hard work. It’s shown us the kind of bootstrapping that’s so admirable and transformative, we had to be a part of it. We’re so excited that our story continues in Detroit.

Kaitlyn and Ryan Lawless, partners in life and work, started 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 the partnership a strong foundation for Corbé. The broad visions of one are nuanced by the detailed thinking of the other. 

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

Check out these talented two at the Russell Center or via their website to do some holiday shopping.


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