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The Team:

Forest Ceramic Company is located on Orcas Island, WA, and owned and managed by Sean Forest Roberts, and run by our tiny team of 6! 

With a background in chemistry and four years of work experience in science labs, Sean brings an experimental mindset to the studio.  The basis of the process we currently use began with Sean's experimentation 9 years ago with marbling and layering and carving colored slips.  Colored liquid clays are mixed and poured to create the vast array of patterns available in our designs.

He is fascinated by the underlying randomness in patterns and structures of nature, and attempts to replicate some of those effects in his work, which is constantly changing as we explore new ways of creating pattern, texture, and form.  

Born and raised in Bulgaria, Valeri Aleksandrov moved to Orcas Island in 2015 after spending 5 summers on the island beforehand. With a masters degree in financial management and banking, he never thought his life will shift dramatically, with clay being a career and full time job. Mentored by Sean, Valeri began his journey in porcelain in 2015, and has been a part of the company since the beginning. Over the course of the last 6 years, he’s been mastering his own unique hand-carved, nature inspired layered colored porcelain styles and have helped along the way developing the business side by side with his partner Sean.  

The rest of our team includes studio assistants Katie Kelly, Heather Hoffman, and Spencer Corley, and Gallery Manager Jolene Hoffman.  We couldn't do it without our spectacular crew!