Photo by  Lehman Pekkola

Hi, I’m Emma, the founder, designer, and potter behind Estep & Company.

I live a bit south of Portland, OR and work out of a small garage studio. I bring my lab/bully mix, Sophia, to work with me every day. Sometimes she’s wonderful and sometimes she’s very persistent in distracting me!

I love wheel throwing. I love clay. It is a fun, contemplative, and challenging medium. I studied ceramics in college and graduated with a degree in Studio Art from George Fox University. I’m really proud of my education, it greatly informs my technique, process, and knowledge of the medium. I consider myself part craftswoman, part artist, and part designer. Many of my product ideas come from practical needs in my life. I especially enjoy the process of fine tuning a design into the best, most useful, integrity-filled version.

I mostly run the business myself these days, but my husband and business partner, Dallas, has always been involved. It was his encouragement and problem solving that got us off the ground initially! Now, he’s mostly behind the scenes cheering me on and being my bff (and, let’s be honest, providing our health care ;) )

When I’m not at the studio, I’m hanging out with Dallas, training Sophia, volunteering at a local non profit, cooking, or reading (currently plowing through the Harry Potter series for the first time! On book 6!).