Designer duo Hil-Dee and Patrick Bates came to art in their own unique ways. Hil-Dee grew up on a dairy farm in Idaho where she spent her free hours roaming the farm and fields, gathering creative inspiration. She’d later put that creativity to use in art school at the University of New Mexico. Patrick, on the other hand, was suffering from a sports injury when he found ceramics. He channeled his physical energy at the potter’s wheel, and grew to love the creative outlet it provided. Today, they blend their skills and ideas to create one-of-a-kind designs. In their Florida studio, they’re constantly firing up different concepts, experimenting with glazes, and etching new scenes like on their Tree of Life Platter.