Meet The Maker
A passion for the craft of ceramics and an incredible work ethic fuel designer Eliana Bernard and the success of her namesake line of porcelain dinnerware, jewelry and decor. Before launching her Austin-based company in 2014, Bernard honed her skills as a University of Texas art student and a ceramics studio manager, slowly building her collection on the side. Now, she creates bud vases, plates, bowls, mugs and more full-time. She recently dished with us on her work and influences.
Where do you turn for inspiration? Something–a color, pattern, interior or painting–can get me into the studio, but experimenting is most important. Whether it turns into a collection or is just a test piece, transforming an idea into a real-life project inspires me.
What makes your collection unique? While my pieces are handmade, my slip-casting process and how I finish them results in a more refined, elevated look.
Favorite part about your job: I could spend hours color-testing and playing around with various patterns and textures. I love finding a new combination.
Describe your studio. I work in a community of makers and offices for creative businesses called Springdale General in Austin. I share my studio space with another artist and love being surrounded by other creatives.
Talk about your signature look. I use several marbling techniques. The look evolved during eight months of experimenting with different colored slips, almost three years ago. I began with tiny porcelain pieces and loved the look so much I brought it to the entire collection.
PHOTOS: TOP, MARSHALL TIDRICK; BOTTOM LEFT, COURTESY ELIANA BERNARD; BOTTOM RIGHT, JOSEPH O’DEA
Meet More Makers