Getting inspired by Erica Martin

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Hi friends,

As somebody with a design studio stuffed with vintage shoes, cork boards and coffee table books, I know that without fresh ideas, I'm stuck.

What's fun is how sometimes designers can find inspiration in a fellow designer. That’s certainly the case for me with my talented friend and former colleague Erica Martin. Raised in Kansas, Erica and I worked together in New York City before she decamped to Los Angeles. Today she’s the creative force behind @playa_ceramics. To capture some of her magic for you guys, I sent her some questions and here’s what she said.

x Roberta

What are your creative outlets?

I have been an accessories designer for about 15 years now, but a little over three years ago I discovered ceramics. I love creating pieces start-to-finish with my hands. There is something very therapeutic about the process and the clay itself.  

What are some sources of inspiration?

I love taking road trips and discovering little beach towns and local spots, soaking up local cultures and color! There is something especially magical about the desert too, and peaceful nights out there are really inspiring. National parks (Joshua Tree, Mormon Rocks in San Bernardino National Forest) also inspire my ceramics. 

What is your process?

For capturing color, I love photography, so I take lots of pics on trips. I look back at them, noticing shapes. I’m always collecting rocks and shells from the beaches — some driftwood here and there. I also love Pinterest. I can pin all day! I’m always looking at trend sites, Instagram and pinning ideas along with the photos I take. I like to think about how each piece I design will live in someone’s life. I love hearing stories about what people buy and how they use it and swapping goods if they’re an artist too! It’s always fun to meet new people.

For more on Erica's work, go to playaceramics.com. 


PO Box 921
Sleepy Hollow, NY
United States

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