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Featured Shop: Noe Marin Studio

Jun 22, 2015

by Noe Marin

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Noe Marin, and I’m the product designer and ceramist behind Noe Marin Studio. I live in Valencia, Spain with my boyfriend and our dog. I work from my small studio in our home.

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Ceramics have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My grandparents were ceramic artisans in southern Spain; they had a small factory where they manufactured handmade tiles and bricks to supply nearby towns. I studied product design and ceramics at school, and I started my brand while I was finishing up my final project. Some time later, I opened my Etsy shop. Through my shop, I’ve found an infinite world of possibilities and motivation.

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My work is inspired by the tenderness of nature. In each of my pieces, there’s a little glimpse of all the things I want to see through my window.. things you can’t find in the city: animals, mountains, the sea, the stars. When I need to design and I’m blocked, I think about Picasso, or listen to music by Spanish songwriters or Pink Floyd. Other times, I visit my parents (and their cats) and everything starts to flow again.

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I use three methods to compose my pieces: modeling, molding and throwing on the potter’s wheel. All of my work is handmade in my studio – from sketching and molding, up to the final sanding of the glazes. The most exciting moment is when I have a finished, unpainted product in front of me, and I check to see if the piece has soul. If I’m happy with the result, I start running color tests in the kiln. The last stage is working on the packaging design with my friend (and employee), María.

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I never wanted an office job, so I’m very happy to have found an alternative way of working full time. For me, Etsy has been a window to the world, allowing me access to connect with people from Singapore to South Africa. It’s wonderful and amazing to look at a map and see how far my pieces have traveled and how lovingly they have been received into the homes of people from different cultures.

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My goal for the future is to keep going – I want to grow my business, keep doing exhibitions and workshops, and travel around the world to learn new skills. I’ve chosen a profession that requires constant learning, and that’s the goal of every day. If I keep learning and working hard, that’s what will allow my work to progress.

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All photos by Maria Nadal Miró.

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