We spent an afternoon with Meagan Geer and Meghan Wright of Mazama Wares in their amazing studio! The two joined forces with their husbands, Tory Cross + Sam Huff to create a beautiful vessel line in a non-conventional way by drafting designs before ever touching the pottery wheel. Instead of placing limitations on design through practice they drafted digital designs with specific specs and aesthetic for each product. With the help of skilled ceramicist the merging of design and logistics perfected their product. And along with the support of two additional members, friends Connie Wohn and Casey Keasler, the partnership has lead to an impeccably designed and well executed line of drinking vessels - that ranges from coffee, tea, wine, sake, beer to cocktail vessels. The idea behind the brand was to embrace the sense of community that all of these beverages bring together. And in Portland we sure do love our beverages whether it’s locally roasted coffee, craft beer or independently distilled spirits, this city has it all! We enjoy our beverages just a little more when they are drank out of Mazama vessels! Enjoy the photos of Mazama's studio and interview with Co-founder Meagan!
All questions were answered by co-founder Meagan Geer.
1. Why Portland? What was it that drew you to Portland or has kept you here?
While some of the Mazama partners are from Portland or the Pacific Northwest, others have gravitated here. Portland has an amazing community of creatives, that aren't afraid to take risks and get their hands dirty doing it. It's also a city over-flowing with craft beverage companies. And since we are all about drinking, we knew we would be able to find great partnerships and inspiration by designing vessels with the local craft beverages industry in mind.
2. What are your favorite things happening in Portland (design or otherwise)?
I (Meagan) have been really excited to see the super club scene come back to Portland as well as various dinner series that highlight local artisans in the food and beverage industry. We are also super exited that you can now buy wine to go from select bars that serve wine on "tap".
3. How did your brand start?
It started with an appreciation of our daily rituals of drinking. Whether is coffee or wine, we knew these moments of slowing down and tasting well crafted beverages was something worth highlighting.
4. What has been your biggest obstacle?
When it comes to ideas, there is no shortage there, but running a business that is efficient and profitable is a daily challenge and the physics of ceramics can change from day to day. We are always challenged to stay nimble and creative with how to juggle production timelines that may not align with how the clay is reacting to all the different transformations it goes through before it ends up on our inventory shelves.
5. Who are your design icon(s)?
We are all big fans of mid-century designers as well as art deco. I'm sure we would also answer slightly differently, with a specific influential designer who has been our personal guru. But as cliche as it may sound we can all agree on Charles + Ray Eames. We admire them for their dynamic partnership and ability to create timeless designs that streamlined the function into the unexpectedly familiar forms.
6. What are your favorite things about Portland?
it's creative collaborative culture
7. What neighborhood describes your style the best?
Well since out studio resides on the border of NE and North, I think that'sa pretty good definition. we are 1 part industrial, 1 part cozy family
8. Your favorite thing about your workspace?
The people. We cherish our potters. They make us want to drag ourselves out of bed and keep things running smoothly.
9. Tell us two truths and a lie!
we love our neighbors
we throw blindfolded
our bar cart is always stocked
10. 5 things you can’t live without.
coffee, tea, beer, wine & booze!