Thrō founder, Erica Williams, is from Hemphill, Texas. She studied ceramics at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) in Nacogdoches, Texas and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2015.
Ive always known that I wanted to create things. Designing and making have always been a part of my being. Even when I was a little kid, building massive towns out of legos that literally took up the entire living room area. Growing up I always stayed connected with my creative side, but I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do until I was three semesters away from graduating college. My degree was in graphic design, but I discovered something that I was much more passionate about. I enrolled in my first ceramic class only to fill hours to be a full time student. Little did I know, that it would change my life. I loved ceramics, even though I was terrible at first. there was something about it that I couldn't get enough of. I wanted to spent every second I possibly could with clay in my hands. Between being a full time student and helping my grandparents run their business. I didn't get to spend as much time in the studio as I wanted. The last semester of my college career crept up on me and I still felt the same about ceramics. I didn't even want to go to my other classes, of course I skipped a few to stay in the studio. I spent my entire last semester of college learning, working with clay and developing my style. I still couldn't get enough. Graduation was coming and I had no idea what I was going to do. How was I going to continue doing what I loved? My mom, who was skeptical about my love of ceramics at first. Continued to support me and my decision by giving me an option. I could either have a brand new jeep wrangler that I wanted so desperately. Or I could have a kiln and a wheel as my graduation present. I didn't even have to think about it.
I started THrō studio in hopes of sharing my love of handmade ceramics with the world. I am driven by simple design, creativity and handcrafted pieces. I want people to feel like they have something special when they hold my work. A connection that enhances the way people eat and live. I make each piece with my two hands for you to hold in yours. There are no two pieces the same. I am thankful to be making good things and doing what I love. It is more fun than I ever imagined.
"Functionality and form are the prime components of my work. I use a material that is pure and organic to create objects that are beautiful and timeless. Filling a void with pure lines and shapes is an expression of my being. Using a potters wheel, I create a story of clay, hands, simplicity and form."