MORNINGSIDE WAY IS AN ENDEAVOR, HONING INTENTION AND FORM.
Ella started Morningside Way three years ago, after visiting a boutique ceramic store in Madrid, Spain. She began her journey with an introductory class with Miami’s own James Herring, who encouraged her to seek a workshop at Penland School of Craft in glaze formulation. Before her interest in pottery, Ella has spent years as a lifestyle/ portrait photographer and graphic designer, focusing on branding for small businesses in the South Florida and Seattle area.
Her course at Penland took her to the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she had an opportunity to profoundly connect with her craftsmanship. The topography of the Spruce Pine area was completely different from her native Miami, and this new landscape served as a major inspiration. Upon completion of the workshop, she pursued ceramics more seriously and has been prototyping - and now releasing - her collection of tumblers, tapa plates, and body oil decanters.
Ella remains intrigued by the possibility of creating functional ware from home and pursuing a barter economy. Apart from a deep interest in creating a community of artists to exchange with, Ella also strongly believes in creating long-lasting pieces that promote sustainability and offset a reliance on plastics.
Morningside Way pieces are one-of-a-kind, wheel thrown stoneware creations for your home. Since each piece is handcrafted, the finished product will be completely distinct and will embody the essence of a woman-made piece, instead of a machine. The glaze will vary slightly per piece, leaving a lasting impression of artisan labor. These pieces represent the intention of reverting to honing a craft, as our indigenous ancestors once did.