Sunday, May 8, 2011
Designer Spotlight: Bailey Doesn't Bark
I've always been attracted to beautifully handmade pottery and of course I fell in love with the sophisticated work of Re Jin of the wonderfully named, Bailey Doesn't Bark. Her work is "inspired by memories, dreams and nature." She "strives to create simple yet uniquely witty designs to be enjoyed throughout everyday life." Since 2008, she has been committed to making eco and ethically conscious decisions from design to production. It is her intent "to inspire not only with my designs but with the philosophy infused in the production."
We love her mugs because there is so much thought that has gone into the making of them. These mugs are really pleasant to hold as they were designed with tea/coffee drinkers in mind. Re Jin did extensive research for two years to develop her idea of a 'perfect' mug. It was important to her to create a mug that would not weigh tons once adding the drink (like conventional mugs) and not be too fragile like many handmade fine porcelain wares, but look and feel completely organic and delicate. Re Jin said that "many of my customers have mentioned the positive difference they felt when drinking from BDB mugs. Some didn't even notice until they went back to their old mugs. Which I appreciate because I'd like the mug to be part of the drink and not something you notice or are aware of because it's clunky, heavy or too fragile to handle."
This video shows the making of one of her mugs. So much thought, love and care goes into the design and production of these pieces. It really makes it a special mug- one to cherish for years!