ARTIST: DESANKA FASISKA, LUX EROS
We recently caught up with designer and founder of Lux Eros Ceramics, Desanka Fasiska, at her Hollywood home and studio. To say we were excited to see where the magic happens is an understatement; her fresh handmade Shreebs mugs are now ready for sipping coffee in our Echo Park shop!
In the garage of a cozy A-frame structure, Desa’s space, much like her work, is alive with personality. Having spent many years in the fashion world, Desa found her creative niche making chic handcrafted pottery. This transition from clothing to ceramics was sparked by the desire for a more nurturing and supportive artistic environment. Initially a series of creative workshops ran out of Desa’s home, Lux Eros’ early days were focused on building community. This thread continues to run through the core of the company’s ethos as a local Los Angeles, woman-owned business.
Desa’s grounded sense of glamour is what makes Lux Eros so refreshing, her unique way of infusing hand-shaped clay pottery with elements of fashion. Her pieces rock everything, from pyramid studs, to leopard print and cheeky lip motifs. Like fashion, the work is constantly evolving. Having spent her formative years as a designer in the energetic field of clothing design, it’s only natural her pottery would possess that same inherent vibrance. As far as we’re concerned, what’s not to love? Truly, the only thing that goes together better than coffee and ceramics is, well, nothing.
Shreebs: How do you take your coffee? Brew Method?
Desa: If I’m at home, I’m embarrassed to say I don’t take such pride in my coffee making. It’s sugar, and cream, and lots of it. But if I am out being a connoisseur of coffee, then there’s still cream but no sugar [laughs].
S: Name something you love and why
D: I have to say right now, as much as I love my son, I cannot wait to put him down. I love 7 o’clock. I put him down and I sit and stare at the wall, and I don’t talk to anybody. Sometimes I have a little glass of wine, sometimes, you know, I don’t.
S: What is key to your process?
D: The key to my process is having quiet for a while. My meditation is a quiet studio, a quiet morning. I need a moment to myself every day.
S: What is your dream project?
D: Now, then, forever, all I ever, ever want to do is work with Target. I want to work with Target so bad. Target is my church, I love Target. If I do anything with Target I have made it. That’s it. I want Target.
S: Where would you like to live?
D: Always by the water. If it’s going to be mountains it has to be Big Sur. There always has to be a body of water. Wherever it is I have to have a ceramics studio in my home, and water.
S: On your deathbed, last meal in LA?
D: I just did this to my family! I already know the answer to this, I’ve known this for years. I’d want a big old lobster, and lemon squares. Oh, I know what else, steak tartar and the Norteño mezcal cocktail from Café Stella.
S: Where can we find your work?
D: It’s direct! I am focusing on e-commerce and figuring out that game. It’s hard, I don’t know what I’m doing, but I love it.