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A Family Affair: Henry Street Studio


A Family Affair: Henry Street Studio

July 11, 2016

Discovered via Instagram, Henry Street Studio is a small-batch ceramics studio founded seven years ago by mother-and-daughter team Loren and Aliza Simons.

Both Aliza and her mother have a long history of working in clay. Loren majored in ceramics in college before becoming a prop stylist, and Aliza has been taking classes since elementary school. But it wasn’t until Aliza convinced her mother to take a class with her that the two discovered a shared visual language. “My mom and I would be working on separate pieces, but soon we were switching halfway through; she would ask me to tweak a shape, or I would ask her for her idea for a handle on a pitcher.”

Today the two produce their one-of-a-kind pieces by hand in their brand-new studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Photography by Loren’s son (and Aliza’s brother) Casey Zane Simons, unless otherwise noted.


Above: Henry Street Studio’s original works such as these are available through seasonal online pop-up sales and during in-person studio sales, both publicized though their Instagram account, @henrystreetstudio. Photograph by Aliza Simons.


Above: A stack of wheel-thrown small spice bowls in a rough white matte glaze.


Above: Wheel-thrown bowls in rose quartz glaze. Photograph by Aliza Simons.


Above: A line of wheel-thrown bottles in textured and pitted white matte glaze.


Above: A collection of wheel-thrown and hand-built bowls, plates, and platters in rose quartz glaze.


Above: A collection of different wheel-thrown and hand-built pieces in neutral glazes.


Above: Wheel-thrown soup bowls in rough white matte glaze.


Above: Mother and daughter, Loren and Aliza Simons, in their studio aprons. Photograph by Armando Rafael.

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