Box Sparrow Studio was established in 2013 when I came to the conclusion that clay was the right medium for me. Finding inspiration in my Georgia roots, childhood memories with family and experiences around the table motivate my journey to connect story with creating handmade pieces.

My pottery is primarily wheel thrown, designed to be functional for everyday use. I choose to  work with a soft and neutral color pallet, making my work easy to mix and match, hoping to showcase the meal. My work is designed for people who love to gather around the table — in the many different and beautiful ways this occurs.

You can find me most days working out of Studio D, located at Hardy and Nance Studios in downtown Houston.



I can recall at the age of nine, convincing my father to teach me how to grow a garden for the summer. I will always remember the feeling of picking fresh cucumbers and tomatoes out of the garden and then placing each one on the kitchen window seal until we sliced them to use for a meal. I cherish the countless meals my family has shared around the table. My parents were firm on the tradition of home cooked meals, water over soda and no television while eating dinner.
Several years later, my mother went through a phase when she collected tea cups and teapots. During this season, she created special memories for my sister and me when she started the tradition of tea parties. She had and still has the gift for creating a beautiful table and has taught me the importance of paying attention to detail. The experiences continue as I recall my Papou’s (Greek for grandfather) love for baking rosemary bread and his “famous” mashed potatoes, my grandmother’s love for her morning coffee, to my first year in Houston where I was challenged by simplicity and found that my favorite part of the day was when I shared a meal with my housemates. That first year in Houston, the table become a place of provision, connection and emotional safety. These experiences have held a heavy weight in shaping and realizing my appreciation for life around the table. The opportunity to connect in this space is what inspires me.

Abbie Preston Box Sparrow Studio