Long Story Short...
She’s a painter, baker and new mom.
He’s a sculptor, product designer and new dad.
They are both ceramicists.
They were introduced by a friend in the ceramics business.
In 2011, they started working together at a community ceramics studio in Pittsburgh, PA.
Shortly after meeting they began collaborating on work.
They fell in love and got married in 2013.
They started Stak Ceramics the same year.
In 2015, they both began working on Stak Ceramics full time.
January 8th of 2017 they had a son named Oscar.
They continue to learn each day.
They hope that their passion for each other and their work shines through.
Photo: Emily Walley
Short Story Long....
Heather is a classically trained painter and amateur baker. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and spent a few years in Portland, OR after graduation. After her time in Portland, she decided to return to Pittsburgh and start a community ceramics studio. In order to support her studio, she also worked full time at a French bakery where she developed a love of baking.
Myles went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for sculpture and got a degree in product design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After graduating, he worked as a designer of engineered fall arrest systems for airplanes and various industrial applications. While he was working on designing platforms and ladders, he purchased a couple of used kilns online and began creating work in the basement of his Blawnox row house.
A friend who knew of their common interest in ceramics, introduced them and they continued the conversation over the next couple of months. Myles would visit the community studio and they began to collaborate on projects shortly thereafter. They participated in craft shows as separate businesses. Heather sold hand thrown porcelain work and Myles offered slip cast sculpture and phone/tablet docks. After a particularly long trip driving separately to a show in Chicago, they decided to merge efforts and collaborate on work together. Heather and Myles began doing shows together where they sold both hand thrown and slip cast work. It was then that Stak Ceramics was born. They designed and produced everything from traditional dinnerware to lamps.
Stak Ceramics began in the basement of their home and quickly expanded. After a year of cramped work conditions, they found a proper studio space near home. They shared the space with their friend Amy Hamley until she and her family headed west to live in San Francisco where she continues to produce beautiful ceramic work! It was during this time that Heather and Myles began learning how to manage their small business.
The Stak Ceramics studio is now located in a beautifully remodeled multi-use industrial building in Homewood, PA.
Stak Ceramics represents Heather’s understanding of ceramic materials, process and surface design coupled with Myles’ understanding of form, function and product development. Together they strive to produce work that is thoughtfully designed and skillfully crafted.
If you have any questions or comments for Heather or Myles, please feel free to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Together, they hope that you enjoy using their products as much as they enjoy making it for you!