CG Ceramics makes stoneware for your favorite restaurant
Yesou may not recognize the name CG Ceramics, but chances are you’ve enjoyed your morning latte in one of its speckled mugs or served a meal on CG dinnerware at your favorite downtown restaurant. -city. Behind the scenes, painstakingly creating striking stoneware pieces, is Christie Goodfellow, the owner and sole ceramist behind the brand. “I think it’s really special to be able to create pieces that work as a canvas for what other people are creating,” she says. “And I’m really drawn to making things that people are going to use in their daily lives.”
Goodfellow’s love for clay blossomed as she pursued her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She went to study photography and graphic design, but describes how she often found herself peeking into ceramics classes while browsing the hallways. She finally gave in to her curiosity and signed up for classes. “Watching a computer just wasn’t for me,” says Goodfellow. “I quickly realized how much I loved the tactile process of ceramics and participating in the making of an object. I just fell in love with it.
Upon leaving college, Goodfellow continued her education in ceramics by taking classes and experimenting with different clays and glazes at local clay studios. This is where she honed her distinctive style: organic shapes and subtle glazes that accentuate the natural color of the clay. “My interests are in material and building minimal forms,” Goodfellow explains. “I like to let the clay speak for itself. Sometimes just the line or curve of a piece I make triggers a visceral reaction within me – and that’s when I know I’m on the right track.
In 2013, Goodfellow converted her 200-square-foot garden shed into a makeshift studio and took up pottery full-time. Today, she operates from a larger studio, supplying restaurants, bakeries, and retail stores not just in Cincinnati, but across the country. You’ll find his pieces locally at MiCA, Khora and Fern, to name a few. And if you’re looking for a place to shop over the holidays, CG Ceramics will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar at Goodfellow’s former backyard studio in early December. The bazaar will feature Goodfellow’s work, as well as pieces from other local artists.
2511 Essex Pl., Walnut Hills, (513) 549-1387, cg-ceramics.com