Helen Levi produces all her handmade ceramics in a bright, airy corner studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Helen launched her online shop in 2013, which for her was a natural progression after starting an Instagram profile, allowing her to sell her ceramics to customers farther afield. The online shop is an extension of Helen’s studio, she offers unique, one-off pieces that are not sold elsewhere. Though most of Helen’s customers are based in the US, she does ship worldwide, requests ranging from one mug to a complete kitchen outfit. Open studios and one-day sales events are offered on a regular basis, clients can visit her work space, see where everything is made, and leave with their new purchase in hand.
Pottery has been a hobby of Helen Levi since childhood. Helen had the opportunity to work on a pottery project whilst she was pursuing a career as a photographer, as well as juggling several part time jobs. She was hooked, and switched her focus to working with clay. Helen is inspired by the physical medium and process of ceramics. References to nature evolve as she works, which she uses to name her collections. She loves learning new techniques, such as the three months she spent last year learning about gas firing in Los Angeles, and hopes to participate in more residencies. Helen appreciates selling online knowing she can share her work with people in remote and far away places. She loves knowing someone is drinking out of a mug she made on the other side of the world.
On the Future of Retail
“I’m not sure, but I’m very curious to see! I wonder if there will be a backlash against the huge trend of online shopping, and people will reinvest in small brick and mortars.”