West Elm’s LOCAL collection is all about talented small-scale makers—and small, in the case of Greenpoint, Brooklyn’s BDB ceramics studio, is a particularly apt term. BDB’s proprietor, ceramicist Re Jin Lee, has crafted an oeuvre that consists largely of miniature objects; knickknack holders and jewelry dishes (often emblazoned with of-the-moment terms like #YOLO) that toe the line between the artisanal and the ephemeral. Playful and irreverent, her pieces offer the warmth of a handcrafted object and a subtle wink when placed on the dresser or bedside table.
Born in Sao Palo, Brazil to South Korean parents, Re Jin cites this combination of cultures as a strong influence on her aesthetics. Although she began her career in fashion design and styling, a move from LA to New York spurred an interest in product design and handcraft. Today, BDB is housed out of a shared studio space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Re Jin’s studio may echo the small size of her work, but her output couldn’t be larger. When we dropped by on a recent morning to photograph the space, we found Re Jin hard at work, surrounded by hundreds of in-process objects. Check out all of the photos from our visit below + shop all of our LOCAL assortment, including BDB ceramics here!