“I like pouring your tea, lifting
the heavy pot, and tipping it up,
so the fragrant liquid streams in your china cup.
Or when you’re away, or at work,
I like to think of your cupped hands as you sip,
as you sip, of the faint half-smile of your lips.
I like the questions – sugar? – milk? –
and the answers I don’t know by heart, yet,
for I see your soul in your eyes, and I forget.
Jasmine, Gunpowder, Assam, Earl Grey, Ceylon,
I love tea’s names. Which tea would you like? I say
but it’s any tea for you, please, any time of day,
as the women harvest the slopes
for the sweetest leaves, on Mount Wu-Yi,
and I am your lover, smitten, straining your tea.”
― Carol Ann Duffy, Rapture
When I first entered byMaks studio, located in a spectacular little city called Linksmakalnis (The Cheerful mountain), the smell of ceramics and glaze tickled my nose sort of welcoming me and saying it’s very very nice having you here.
“Hello, darlings! Would you like some tea?” – that soft and feminine voice could not be mistaken… That’s right, there was byMaks owner – or I should perhaps say the hands and heart that make little ceramic miracles come true. The hands that produce these beautiful home decor pieces and the heart that fulfils byMaks with love, care and devotion.
I was standing at the bright and spacious studio, glancing at teapots, tea cups, ice-cream bowls – they were so deliciously and carefully made and so well designed. I could sense the selective and precision taste as well as the quality of the products… “Sure, the tea would be just perfect and no added sugar, please!” – I answered and pulled out my laptop so I could take notes.
Thus, byMaks started not a very long time ago. “Actually, it was my daughter.. byMaks was her idea. She came back from Copenhagen after her studies and suggested me to kind of rethink the direction of what my husband and me have been doing for a very long time – producing plenty of ceramic dishes for various clients. And so we did. We launched the brand. And when I say brand I mean not only the name or definition of what we do but more like the whole philosophy. So my daughter and her friend became involved in the whole process and now they are doing most of the creative and strategic work. Me and my husband are only those who produce the product. Honestly, I never thought there is so much of everything the brand has to take care of! Oh my girls – they are the messengers of God!”
Sounds incredibly but to produce one piece takes a very long time, from three up to four weeks. Every step and every detail is important. It is significant to mention that byMaks is made from organic stoneware and chemical-free glaze, so the production is the safest option in the ceramics industry when it comes to food culture. byMaks emphasizes on the brand’s concept, thus it promotes a healthy food and tea drinking culture, coziness and quality time, improved communication and other subjects related to a mindfulness and awareness of the society. According to the owner, byMaks is inspired by a Danish term – hyggelig, which means cozy. If you still don’t know, Danes are very proud of having this, it’s a part of their culture. The term defines everything what makes your home and your environment cozy – candles, warmth, interior details such as pillows, books, lamps, also tea drinking, discussions with friends, dinner parties and chill out attitude. Therefore, byMaks design and its use are focused on cozy urban and contemporary living. The products themselves are multi-functional, they can serve as an interior details as well as practical tools to make up your environment.
The aim and the idea of byMaks is to educate public about the product and how to get the best of it creating a special connection between the product and the consumer as well as to grow as a social responsible brand.
Would you like some hot tea, honey?
P.S. This is my home and my friends having some hyggelig with byMaks :)
And dadam! This is me hanging out with byMaks at anna mesha pop-up store.