Irving Place Studio was founded in Los Angeles by artists Dora De Larios and Ellice Johnston in 1968.
Over the years, Dora broadened her focus to include work in cast concrete, brass, stainless steel, acrylic and wood, completing a variety of large-scale architectural commissions.
The Irving Place Studio collection was created in 2012 as a collaboration between Dora, her daughter Sabrina Judge, and son-in-law Aaron Glascock. The contemporary, elegant hand thrown ceramics, were intended for everyday use at the table. Combining Dora’s endless knowledge of clay and glazes with Sabrina and Aaron's contemporary design esthetic, Irving Place Studio offers simple, elegant, unadorned handmade basics.
After the recent passing of Dora in 2018, Sabrina and Aaron have continued with the tradition and mission of Irving Place Studio. “We use functionality with timeless beauty, using master ceramists to attain our goal. Our bowls are made using traditional methods - hands - and time-tested materials - earth & water.”
In 2017, two of Dora’s sculptures were included in the exhibition Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition highlighted the artist's deep connections to ancient Mexican art. Dora also donated her Goddess totems to the museum's permanent collection.