With Enkee Ceramics, texture is everything. Gorgeous tableware host the variety of textures and colors as done by the brains behind Enkee Ceramics, Denise Mckenzie-Lee. The pieces go beyond ceramic textures, as they look like they could be made of rusted out metal or carved from stone. To achieve these textures, it takes many layers of texture and glazes. The quality of the plates has a richness that makes for perfect food photography which is why they’ve become a stylist’s favorite. Even for regular people… to just to serve food on something special, these textural platters make the perfect vehicles for gourmet delights.

Here we talk with Denise about how she works with textures as well as some of the exciting things that’s happened to her as a ceramicist.

Tell us, how did you get into ceramics?
My wife gave me a gift certificate for classes as a Christmas gift.

Your work is very textural and tactile, what is your creative process like?
I collect images of rocks, cement, plaster etc.. those images are jumping off point for how I texture and glaze my work. I love to go to junk stores to find things I can use to texture my work. A lot of my pieces have layers of texture in them as well layers of glaze.

What are you inspired by?
I’m inspired by anything distressed…peeling plaster, old wood and things that are tarnished. I love going to museums. My most recent obsession was the Dries van Noten documentary on Netflix.. the mix of color and pattern has me really inspired!

What was the most exciting thing that happened to you in your ceramics career?
Being approached by the Food Gays to make plates etc for their soon to be released cookbook Cooking in Color due out in August .. and seeing my work in Martha Stewart and Donna Hay magazines.

How have you evolved as a potter?
I think I have a recognizable aesthetic at this point that I want to continue to build on.
I still consider myself a novice who just tries things out lol… I look forward to taking some workshops to gain more knowledge, especially in glaze formulations.

What does a typical day in your studio look like?
I’ve tried making a schedule.. that didn’t last long. I do take cues from my customers who will DM on Instagram asking if I will make similar to things that have sold out. But mostly I just grab a bag a clay and start with a platter and play around with textures and that usually sparks a direction that I will go in with my glazing all while listening to old school soul music. I always light a candle and incense before I start working.

Who are some of your favorite potters?

Tina Kami, Janaki Larsen, earth and baker, Marie Helene Clauzon

What are you working on now?
More pieces for a summer update to my shop.  I’ve decided that I want to venture in the land of non-functional pottery..stay tuned