FROM DANCING TO POTTERY..
I'M JUNA, THE HANDS AND HEART BEHIND ATELIER SCHWAN. SINCE I WAS A KID I TOOK DANCE LESSONS AND JOINED A COMPETITION GROUP. IT WAS MY PASSION AND FAVORITE THING TO DO. THEN OUR GROUP WERE DISSOLVED AND I NEEDED TO FIND SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
IN 2018 I STARTED POTTERY DUE TO REINFORCED MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND RECURRING ANXIETY. I TOOK A WORKSHOP AND WITH THE GUIDANCE FROM MY GREAT TEACHER, I DELVED INTO THE MAGICAL WORLD OF CLAY. SINCE THIS MOMENT I KNEW I FOUND A NEW PASSION AND I LOVE IT!
FOUNDED IN 2022 ATELIER SCHWAN IS NOW A SMALL AND INDEPENDENT COMPANY IN BERLIN. I MAKE WHEEL-THROWN CERAMICS FOR A DAILY USE WITH STONEWARE CLAY AND FOODSAFE GLAZES.
Atelier Schwan should be a place for all those who need a break from the fast-paced everyday life and are looking for something in which they can decelerate and find themselves again. Often we forget to take a breath and do something good for ourselves. Pottery is a very good way to be completely in the moment and forget your worries. Furthermore, it should become a safe place for groups of society that are excluded in certain aspects of life. Everyone is welcome and can exercise their creativity. I am looking forward to meeting you!
WE SHOULD THINK MORE ABOUT OUR THROW AWAY PHILOSOPHY...
I'M FASCINATED WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH A LUMP OF CLAY AND HOW NATURAL MATERIALS CAN GET INTO SUCH BEAUTIFUL THINGS FOR A DAILY USE.
IN TIMES WHERE CLIMATE CHANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY ARE A BIG ISSUE, IT'S IMPORTANT AND IN OUR HANDS, TO CHANCE SOMETHING. WE CAN DO SOMETHING AGAINST OUR HABITUAL BUYING BEHAVIOR. THE APPRECIATON FOR HANDMADE IS REALLY A MATTER OF HEART AND CONTRARY TO THE BARGAIN AND THROWNAWAY PHILOSOPHY. IF YOU TREAT THE CERAMICS WITH CARE IT WILL LAST A LIFE TIME.
AND HOW COOL IS IT TO DRINK OUT OF A MUG WHICH IS AS SPECIAL AND UNIQUE AS YOU?