Today we’d like to introduce you to Morgan Williamson.
Hi Morgan, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
After working a “normal job,” I found myself with a deep longing to create, and I took the leap to quit my job, buy a $200 kiln from Craigslist (I may or may not recommend that!), and start Handmade Studio TN (and my other business, Retro Sno) out of our tiny rental house.
My first studio was on the side porch of our home, then our spare bedroom, and when I took over the kitchen, I finally rented a start-up space at Fort Houston in Nashville. Handmade Studio TN has grown to support my family and our small but mighty studio team! We’ve been able to send our handcrafted dinnerware all across the country, partner with brands and restaurants we love, offer wedding registries, and see so many people share in the joy of creating through our workshops and retreats!
My goal is to elevate everyday moments and bring beauty and thoughtfulness to life through intentionally crafted ceramics!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Running a business is never without its challenges, of course! I spent my first few years in a studio with no running water and no heat or air. I would roll in buckets of water for a makeshift sink (on a skateboard) to keep my studio operating… and I remember my fingers going numb working on holiday orders in the winter next to my little space heater!
It’s crazy to look back on what I went through to grow handmade, and it makes me even more grateful for the business I’ve built.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My goal is to elevate everyday moments and bring beauty and thoughtfulness to life! Handmade Studio TN does that through intentionally crafted ceramics – each beautifully made. Our dinnerware, serving pieces, and gifts are crafted with great care to offer heirloom-quality ceramics that also maintain the warmth of something made by human hands.
I make perfectly imperfect ceramics that remind us of the beauty within us and around us!
What does success mean to you?
To me, there is nothing more satisfying than bringing beauty into this world, and I feel successful when I’m able to offer ceramics and experiences that offer that to our customers. This happens when someone finds the perfect gift or collects their dream set of our handmade dinnerware.
My team and I also host Clay Workshops at our studio, and this is a time I’m always reminded of the WHY behind what we do. So many people come in looking for respite from the chaos of life, and I love being a part of facilitating an evening of peace and inspiration through our pottery workshops! There is nothing like the grounding feeling of turning mud into something beautiful and useful!
- Clay Workshop: $139
- Dinnerware: $26-$56/piece
- Serving Platters: $69-$175/ piece
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.handmadestudiotn.com
- Instagram: handmadestudiotn
- Facebook: handmadestudiotn
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