Founder of Uzumati Ceramics Jaclyn Souza runs a one-woman stoneware studio out of the Bay Area in California. The ethos for Uzumati Ceramics is to explore the connection between people and wild places. Through handcrafted stoneware collections that are inspired not only by rugged landscapes but by the stories of those who have explored them.
As a climber and lifelong pursuant of the outdoors, Jaclyn embodies her hard-earned experiences in each piece she creates. She calls the Sierra mountains home, crafting each piece with those tall peaks in mind. In her studio, she crafts small-batch collections of gorgeous hand-thrown, hand-carved and hand-painted ceramics that are inspired by her time spent in the wilderness.
Jaclyn pulls inspiration from the arid, yucca-strewn landscape of Joshua Tree for her latest collection titled Drifter. The Drifter collection was dreamt up after a sunset climb in the mountains of the national park. Each piece perfectly embodies the wild spirit the park is famous for with its warm, golden sand tones and windswept brush strokes. Each ceramic piece is crafted from sturdy stoneware with a rich rust-coloured glaze and one-of-a-kind drip patterns that mimic the beauty of the Joshua Tree National Park. This unique collection has many amazing ceramic pieces, but here are some of our must-have favourites.
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Like other Uzumati Ceramics, the Drifter Pitcher is hand-thrown, hand-glazed. The pitcher’s design is inspired by the desert, with the top half and interior glazed in a timeless white, the middle band features exposed stoneware that is left textured and unglazed, while the bottom half is glazed in a rich rust tone giving the Drifter Pitcher its distinguished look. This pitcher is perfect for hosting and serving, but also makes a great vase. It also features a large handle for a comfortable grip and has a capacity of 32 oz or 946 ml. It is recommended that you hand wash the pitcher. As each piece is handmade, slight variations should be expected with each ceramic piece – $65 USD.
This unique mountainscape mug is inspired by the first light in the mountains. This cup transports you to the warm campfire, taking in the wilderness as you finally taste that sweet first sip of coffee, even when you are cozied up on the couch or working away at the desk. The Mountainscape Mug is thrown and carved by hand in California. It features a hand-carved mountainscape along the bottom of the mug with a contrast matte white finish along with a glossy white interior for comfortable sipping. Each vessel is totally handmade, giving subtle variations between pieces, Dishwasher and Microwave Safe and has a capacity of 8 oz or 236 ml. As each piece is handmade, slight variations should be expected with each ceramic piece – $42 USD.
Drifter Herb Planter
The Drifter Herb Planter is perfect for growing and keeping fresh herbs on hand has never been easier or better-looking. The hand-thrown and hand-glazed planter is the perfect size for your countertop or windowsill. Its measurements are 5″x5″ or 12×12 cm, the planter can also be used both inside or outside. This herb planter has an attached water dish with drainage holes for worry-free watering. The planter is inspired by the desert and has a timeless white glazed top, rich rust glazed bottom as well as a topographical band of exposed stoneware in the middle. The planter is also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. As each piece is handmade, slight variations should be expected with each ceramic piece – $65 USD.