Through working with clay, Elena Vanesse Torres hopes to build a relationship with place and earth itself, as well as the elements that are required– fire, wood, minerals, water, stone– to shape and make durable. Elena treats both her sculptural and functional work as an invitation for ritual in her everyday life.

Sea + Mountains Cup | Taza
Sea + Mountains Cup | Taza
Sea + Mountains Cup | Taza

One-of-a-kind Soda-Fired tea cup (termed yunomi in Japan) with glazed Shino interior.

Soda Firing is a method of “atmosphere firing”that incorporates soda ash at crucial moments during firing. The result is a glossy, orange-peel texture even on un-glazed surfaces.

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Oak Ash Bowls
Oak Ash Bowls
Oak Ash Bowls

One-of-a-kind Bowls with local Oak Ash, hand applied and gas fired.

Traditionally, pottery is wood-fired in Japan and other places. The minerals trapped in organic matter such as wood are burned and released in the kiln atmosphere, adhering to red-hot vessels.

This is an attempt to capture the aesthetic of working with minimal commercial materials and letting the elements – fire, clay, wood-ash, water – speak for themselves.

One-of-a-kind, made by Elena Vanasse Torres

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Small Mug
Small Mug
Small Mug

One-of-a-kind Soda-Fired Tea Cup

Soda Firing is a method of “atmosphere firing”that incorporates soda ash at crucial moments during firing. The result is a glossy, orange-peel texture even on un-glazed surfaces.

One-of-a-kind, made by Elena Vanasse Torres

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Mortar & Pestle | Mano y Metate
Mortar & Pestle | Mano y Metate
Mortar & Pestle | Mano y Metate

Oak and volcanic ash hand applied. Stoneware, High-Fired

Functional, Food-Safe

One-of-a-kind, made by Elena Vanasse Torres

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