Myrth is a Boston-based ceramics studio owned by husband and wife, Eric & Abigail Smallwood.
Myrth Ceramics is a ceramic design studio base in Somerville, MA that specializes in porcelain dinnerware, vases, and drinkware. We aim to provide your home with long-lasting, high-quality goods that exude a functional beauty and a timeless aura.
Our wares are hand-made by both Abby and Eric. All of our vessels have been meticulously designed on paper, then prototyped on the wheel. We produce batches of our wares using 3 main manufacturing methods. Our vases are hand-thrown on the potters wheel. Our plates and bowls are jiggered. Lastly, our drinkware is slip cast. We do take care to preserve signs of our handcraft as we create our products so that each vessels is still unique.
All Myrth Ceramics are made from a durable porcelain clay. We fire our wares to Cone 10 in our two electric kilns. On occasion we also take part in local wood firings to create some of our art vessels.
Our glazes are created from scratch, starting with tried and true base recipes, then tinkering with color or surface finish. This process takes countless glaze micro-batches and innumerable firing tests to produce the results we are after. We are continually retesting our core glazes to ensure consistency and refined finish. Due to this customization Myrth glazes are truly unique to our studio.
Get to know your Potters
Founder, Designer, Dreamer
Her drive to explore the ‚ what ifs‚ keep the studio in an exploratory space as her style refines our direction. Abby‚ experiences as a product designer, color/material concept designer, and‚ foodie‚ inform our product offering and their end uses from floral design to food creation. Her holistic approach to design allows Myrth to fully visualize our products in your life.
Engineer, Designer, Chemist
His drive to improve and resolute nature are instilled in the quality and detail of the products we create as well as the processes by which we construct them. Eric‚ experience as an industrial designer, CAD modeler, and conceptual designer, carry our product ideas to realization and his passionate determination drives our products to be the highest quality.
The small pottery outfit gets its name from the word “mirth,” chosen for its expression of warmth and happiness. It’s a sentiment the team has embraced as it’s developed the line of handmade stoneware, which includes everything from neutral-toned vases and planters to speckled tumblers and serving bowls. “The greatest compliment we’ve gotten is, ‘When I look at your work, it makes me calm,’” Abby says. “That’s exactly what we’re going for with our pieces. We want them to live in happiness and bring you happiness in our kind of calm, natural way.” Boston Magazine, 2016