Wheel Big Deal! Houston Ceramicist Gets Nod from Etsy, JoJo Fletcher

An exclusive collection touts Box Sparrow Studio’s handmade pieces — and they’re selling fast.

Wheel Big Deal! Houston Ceramicist Gets Nod from Etsy, JoJo Fletcher

In 2012, Abbie Preston Edmonson, a newly minted art-school graduate, moved from her home state of Georgia to Houston to partner with the local chapter of The Art Project, a nonprofit that channels the power and process of art for healing and empowerment among the homeless. Her stint in Houston was supposed to last one year — but, inspired by how the city embraces creatives, Edmonson stayed, renting a space in the Hardy & Nance studios and working retail to make ends meet.


il_1588xN.2508799909_7byq

Fast forward to 2020, and her Box Sparrow Studio is quite evidently a full-time endeavor — one that was recently called out by Etsy and JoJo Fletcher. Fletcher teamed up with the art-forward, small-biz-promoting e-commerce site to curate a summer collection of special handmade décor, and Box Sparrow Studio's ceramics are among the top-selling items.

il_794xN.2509658425_66gc

Edmonson's collection of hand-thrown tea cups, serving dishes, vases and vessels — simultaneously minimalist-chic and impossibly detail-oriented — caught Fletcher's attention, and for good reason. Brush strokes of warm grays and golds sweep across smooth, pristinely formed pottery; a mid-century aesthetic is recurring, but a modern splatter of blue is not uncommon. For the Etsy x JoJo Fletcher line, Edmonson created a slender serving pitcher in satin-matte white with 22-karat-gold detailing, and a selection of pink-tinged tumblers (10-ounce and 12-ounce) with a similar look.

Edmonson also takes commissions for full custom dinnerware sets. She believes that, through her art form, she and her customers will be rewarded by an ability to resist society's demand for instant gratification.

AT TOP: JoJo Fletcher with Box Sparrow Studio ceramics

Home + Real Estate

AN INTERVIEW WITH Brad & Joanna Marks, owners of IW Marks Jewelers

What were your biggest challenges of 2020? Our biggest challenge was definitely dealing with the economic shutdowns due to the virus.

Keep Reading Show less

Crawfish at Goode Co.

Spring has sprung — and so has mudbug season. Check out the fun al fresco events, creative workshops and crawfish pop-ups going on across H-Town this weekend. And don't forget to soak up the sun!

Attend an Al Fresco Movie Night

Keep Reading Show less
People + Places

Photo courtesy NETFLIX© 2020

MOXIE, A FILM based on Houston young adult author and Bellaire High School English teacher Jennifer Mathieu's book of the same name, drops today on Netflix.

Keep Reading Show less
Art + Entertainment