Contemporary Ceramic Workshop
Discover the fascinating world of ceramics and the great handcrafted porcelain with a great design, produced one by one with affection, with the dedication and excellence that the craft gives to any product. Meet Sweet Sue!
The first page / app you open in the morning …
Instagram, I confess, I’m addicted …
When you work, you always listen to…
I listen to everything, it depends on the day, the mood or the hour. Mozart, Nina Simone, Radio Futura, Rachmaninov, Malevaje, Debussy, Vinicius de Moraes …
What is your favorite movie? Are you a follower of some series?
My favorite movie, “Some Like It Hot” by Billy Wilder. If even my brand name comes from that movie! Whoever has seen it will remember the director of the ladies’ orchestra where they hide Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. That’s Sweet Sue.
As for series, right now I’m finishing watching “Doctor in Alaska” and at the same time hooked up to “Treme”.
Your favorite designer right now is …
One, no, two: Matín Azúa and Patricia Urquiola. I also try to follow the work of Luesma and Vega.
What is your every day inspiration?
The tranquility, the countryside, the music … many things and nothing in particular.
Your favorite social network is..
Instagram, Instagram, Instagram!
If you could be someone else you would be …
Uff … Coco Chanel, Simone de Beauvoir, Édith Piaf … or any woman who lives her own life.
Tell us a little about the story behind your brand.
The idea of creating Sweet Sue began at the Escola d’Art i Superior de Ceràmica de Manises, where I trained as a ceramist.
To get the degree, you have to do a title job, and I thought that this project would be my launch as a professional, so I treated it as the first work of my brand.
I set my sights on the restaurants of high gastronomy, as I could see that although of great quality, they covered their culinary creations mostly in industrial dishes, dishes that anyone can buy. This type of restaurant has to differentiate itself and become exclusive in each and every part that makes up the gastronomic experience that they offer to their customers, and the dishes are an essential part. My goal is to offer to this type of establishments pieces of crockery of exclusive design, in short runs and personalized, treated with the care and dedication that only the craftsmanship can offer, covering, thus, a hollow where the massive industry is not profitable.
For this first project, I had the great luck of contacting the Restaurant Akelarre by Pedro Subijana. With them I worked on the design of a piece of crockery from which sixty copies were produced, all sealed with their name and numbered.
Being able to have close to a great kitchen like Pedro Subijana is an unparalleled experience, great chef and best person. He and his team welcomed me and helped me in everything I needed and I was able to learn a lot in a short time.
After this experience, I decided to set up my own workshop, and in it I keep fighting to make my product known.
Tell us a little about your product … What do you sell?
I sell porcelain handcrafted chinaware, with a great load of design, produced one by one with affection, with the dedication and excellence that the craft gives to any product.
I have two product lines: tableware for gastronomic restaurants and a line for the home.
For the restaurants I try to adapt and personalize my pieces to the ideas of the chef and his team. They are productions of short runs and are made on request and exclusively.
With the home line, I offer dishes of everyday use with soul, products that transmit feeling and that make the life more friendly.
A dream to reach … What are the next steps for your brand?
Make myself known and reach more public, these are the two directions of work that I carry.
Why do you use Bloombees?
Bloombees makes things a lot easier for me. They think for me in advance and offer me facilities for sale.
What do you like most about Bloombees? How does it make it easier for you to sell?
Ever since I met Bloombees, I felt it was made for me.
They give me facilities of all kinds, it helps with payment, with the shipping, with how simple it is to handle the app and upload or delete products …
In addition, the peace of mind that gives the phone support platform. You have any problem or doubt and there is always someone to solve it. Great!
What does it mean for you to sell online? How do you reach customers in the rest of the world?
Although I also sell in physical stores, selling online gives me the opportunity to reach the public that I could not reach otherwise.
Internet is a very useful tool for micro enterprises like mine. Being able to reach thousands of people from any part of the world is incredible.
Photography: Mercedes Herrán Photography