Made in NYC Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month — Base Ceramics

Made in NYC Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month — Base Ceramics

Sunday, September 26 2021

Catalina Parra is a Colombian architect who grew up in Bogota, Colombia. She moved to New York City in 2011 and obtained her Master of Urban Environmental System Management degree at Pratt Institute in 2013. She has worked on a wide range of projects in her architectural design career, which have informed her perspective towards form and materiality as reflected in her brand, Base Ceramics.


Catalina considers clay a perfect medium to combine her background in design with her passion for handmade goods. She began taking ceramic classes as a hobby and a way of meditation. During that time, Catalina mainly used wheel throwing and hand-building techniques that were time-consuming and labor-intensive. It wasn’t until years later when she learned how to make molds and slip cast, that Catalina could finally produce in scale. So in 2019, she moved into an independent artist studio and started  Base Ceramics. 


The mugs, vases, and planters of Base Ceramics are created as an exploration of form, color, materiality, and a fusion of aesthetics and functionality. Each piece is designed to add a playful touch to its surroundings by combining shapes and color accents with matte or shiny finishes that highlight the natural properties of the clay. 


Catalina named her company Base, which has the same meaning in English and Spanish, resembling her deeply connected roots with her Latinx heritage and her great passion for handicraft articles. All pieces at Base Ceramics are handmade through a process of slip casting in Bushwick, Brooklyn.


Learn more about Base Ceramics on their website.