I first came across Chuchu via Alana and then kept finding them popping up in all kinds of familiar places. And for good reason. Their wares playful, very much usable and you can just tell a lot of love goes into creating each piece.
So on a rainy weekend morning a couple of weeks ago I met Rebecca, one half of team Chuchu, at her shared studio for some clay time and to see where the magic happens. I even made a pinch pot under Bec's sweet guidance (she made about five in the same time but that's neither here nor there). After our claydate, I sent some questions to the girls which they answered so that we can get to know them a little better.
// Firstly, I have a confession. It took just about all my willpower not to make any Ghost references while in your studio. On a scale of 1 -10 how lame would that have been?
It is hilarious that the Ghost reference pops into almost everybody’s head when we tell them that we are ceramicists! We love having people visit our studio to learn a little about the industry – hopefully you now have a slightly more accurate perception of what we do and how ceramics works (sadly sans Patrick Swayze).
// Tell us a little bit about yourselves and Chuchu.
We are two sisters who love clay. We enrolled in our first ceramics class four years ago for some fun, to try something new and to revive our inner creatives. A couple of years in, we had family and friends requesting pieces from us, which motivated us to launch our own range, online shop and brand. Chuchu was born! Chuchu is over one year old now and we have many exciting things coming up.
// You both work full time AND on different continents. How do you make it all work?
We love what we do, so popping into the studio after work and on the weekends is exciting! When we were both living in Sydney, the studio was where we hung out most and spent quality time together as sisters. Now that Lauren is exploring European lands, we both “pott” separately and use Skype to share ideas, work on new projects and catch up with each other. When you love what you do and who you do it with, it just works! With us potting in different time zones, I guess that means that Chuchu are always making things, day and night!
// Do you ever feel stuck creatively? How do you deal with this?
Sometimes! We guess, being part of a team is how we get “unstuck”. We motivate each other, share ideas and discuss all things design and function throughout the making process, which helps us learn and work through any blocks we may have!
// Who inspires you?
We are inspired by the people in our studio, which is a converted warehouse in Sydney full of makers. We are part of a collective of potters called Claypool, ranging from beginners to full time potters with a mutual obsession with clay. The open plan, shared studio space creates a relaxing and collaborative environment to work in. We wish we could be there all the time!
// What’s to come for Chuchu in 2015 (and beyond)?
Our goals this year are to continue and expand our current wares and wears ranges. We don’t want to give too many of our secrets away, but we can say that we are super excited about 2015 being a year of experimenting with fun and organic forms; functional and non- functional pieces; as well as collaborations with other local artists who we have become our friends. Long term, we would love to make Chuchu a household name and maybe even one day be able to make a living from it.
// What tastes best on Chuchu wares?
Anything made from scratch and with love - just like our wares!
Thanks so much for showing me around and trusting me to make my very own pinch pot Bec. And can't wait to hang in London town with you soon Lauren!!