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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All photos by Maria Nadal Miró.