Welcome to the first Meet the Maker of 2018. This time we’re introducing you to Chloe, designer and creator of Make & Matter.
Chloe produces exquisite concrete and jesmonite planters as well as small homewares. I spotted these planters when browsing around PRICK over a year ago. Since then you can now find Chloe’s work all over Bristol. But let’s get to know the process of how Make & Matter began.
Before starting Make & Matter, Chloe has had a lot of hands on experience within her field. Starting from a young age, Chloe recalls how her mother would involve her in casting their bodies in different materials.
Chloe also worked for a top designer, Oreil Hardwood for 10 years. She was apart of a small team that would create her furniture in cast resin. Although Chloe may use different materials from her ‘mentor’, you can see the skill and years of practicing these techniques in her own work.
As well as gathering experience and techniques from her time working with Hardwood, Chloe has also worked in many workshops and studios. Taking all this knowledge and with an interest in handmade and small batch production. Chloe wanted to explore the wider production opportunities that the UK had to offer. After winning a competition by The Southbank Centre and the Observer, which helped her set up production in Stoke on Trent producing some of her ceramic designs.
Not only has Chloe achieved all this, she also runs a successful jewellery business. This stemmed from making her own engagement ring in which she fell in love with the process. Each piece was inspired by meaningful points in her life, her marriage and the death of her grandma. But noticed that she was sat writing emails and doing other aspects of the business which she didn’t enjoy as much. Which brought her to starting Make & Matter.
When starting this new venture, Chloe wanted to make everything herself from start to finish. This also gave her the chance to develop and experiment with using different materials, processes and ideas. It also gave Chloe the freedom to work more on what she loves. Rather than focusing on admin and sales.
Even with the mountainous amount of experience, Chloe is still learning parts of the industry she hasn’t been apart of yet. Now selling to smaller independent retailers, she’s noticed the difference in business between companies. Where it’s more supportive, informal and forgiving. The business is growing organically with Chloe adapting and changing small bits of the business she knew she would be able to change later in the process.
I think we can all agree on how beautifully created Chloe’s cement and jesmonite planters are. You really appreciate the time and effort that is put into each one. If you’d like to get your hands on some, head over to Make & Matter’s Etsy Shop or pop into The Might Quinns Flower Emporium or Old Market Plants.