Perla ValtierraBajío, Mexico
Perla Valtierra, founder and designer of Perla Ceramics, originally studied industrial design. After traveling to rural Mexico to work with local craftswomen, Valteirra felt drawn to a life of working with her hands. Abandoning industrial design and traversing the globe in purist of traditional pottery techniques, Valtierra practiced the art in Japan, Belgium, and France prior to launching her own line. Perla ceramics are made completely by hand in the Bajío region of Mexico. The female-owned workshop supports a team of 20 local artisans and creatives.