About Beardbangs Ceramics

Alicia Zwicewicz & Josiah Henderson


Beardbangs Ceramics are handmade in Toronto, Canada by Alicia Zwicewicz. Beardbangs started out as a collaboration between Alicia (who at that time had bangs) and her illustrator husband, Josiah Henderson (the beard). They still design some pieces together today, but Josiah has returned to university studies while Alicia runs the business full-time. Since graduating from Concordia University in 2014 with a BFA in Fine Arts, Alicia has become well-known in the ceramics and design community for the Beardbangs collection of whimsical, quirky objects. She has established a growing series of handmade stoneware products, bright and joyful in decoration and clever in design. The pottery features animals and floral motifs, inspired by vintage children’s wares and Scandinavian folk art. Beardbangs pieces have been featured in places such as the Ellen Show, Birds and Blooms magazine, Frankie Magazine, A Cup of Jo and the Etsy Holiday Lookbook. Beardbangs Ceramics can be found on Etsy as well as in various art and gift shops around North America.

 
The family behind Beardbangs Ceramics

The family behind Beardbangs Ceramics

 

Creating a sense of community as an artist has been an important part of Alicia's work. In 2016, she founded an open ceramics studio in Montréal called Studio Céramique Sud-Ouest. The purpose of the studio was to invite people of all skill levels to learn and work independently in an affordable way, within an open and friendly environment. She managed about 30 students and members while also using the space for her own ceramic production. Since Alicia moved to Toronto in June 2017, the project is now being run by her beloved friend and Beardbangs assistant, Neisha May.

You can contact her with questions or commissions here.

Photos of Alicia in studio are by Alex Tran, commissioned by Etsy for the Quit Your Day Job article series.