Emma Lakey’s passion for ceramics began when she was seven years old, but it wasn’t until 2019 when she decided to sell her work. She founded Lofi Ceramics, a small-batch ceramics business that sells a variety of mugs, trays and vases.
“Small-batch ceramics is a juxtaposition to production pottery, which is getting super popular now,” says Lakey. “I do smaller drops and releases, and not orders.”
Lofi Ceramics releases collections instead of having a constant product catalogue. Each collection features a handful of items, which Lakey says is more sustainable than producing 200 mugs.
“The best-selling product is the boob mug. It’s a classic,” says Lakey. “I know many people do them in so many different ways even within Edmonton, but mine are essentially a very simple cylindrical mug form with boobs and a little belly button on it. And I’ve done a variety of those.”
Lakey always receives a positive response from the community in regards to the mugs and has been asked to do custom orders for clients who have had mastectomies and other reconstructive surgeries. “That was at the start of the pandemic and it’s what jump-started the business.”