Convivial Production is a design + manufacturing company that labors over the creation of ceramic-made home, table and garden wares. The company began in 2014 as a one woman show, wheel-throwing out of a home garage, and now operates out of a 2.5k sq/ft production space where each piece is brought from dust to life thanks to five talented and hard working women. All of the Convivial designs are dreamed up by the founder Chentell Shannon and are continually inspired by the notion of conviviality - the joining of individuals to eat, to drink and to share good company. In addition to selling online, we wholesale our items to over 50 stores across the US as well as a handful of international stores. Our mission is to create functional wares that inspire our customers towards hospitality, social vitality and conviviality and to do so beautifully. You can view all Convivial wares by visiting our online Shop or by stopping into a retail store in your home town. To become a wholesale client or to find the nearest store to your home, click here.
OUR START + FOUNDER
Our founder, Chentell Shannon, began ceramics as a freshman in high school. She found the medium to be therapeutic and was drawn into the studio every semester. From 2005-2009 she took every ceramic course available and upon graduation was determined to pursue ceramics as her career. From 2009-2013 Chentell attended Wheaton College where she gained an interdisciplinary degree in Community Art, Urban Studies and Ceramics. The true start of Convivial was as a senior during Chentell's time as a student. Passionate about hospitality, customer service, beauty and ceramic production, she narrowed in on the idea that she would create handmade dinnerware for event rentals. In the basement ceramic studio of Wheaton College, Chentell produced her first set of 300 dishes. After the completion of the set, she relocated to Kansas City to be with her now husband, Stephen Shannon. The first debut for the rental collection was in a Minneapolis wedding. After the wedding, she received more requests from customers to purchase her dinnerware than she did to rent them. Chentell quickly pivoted and began to produce items for sale. This is where the hustle began. From here, piece by piece, Chentell built Convivial into the company that it is today. In 2014 Chentell named the company, moved the studio out of the home garage, brought on her first staff member and released the first line of Convivial wares. Chentell is still the full owner and operator of Convivial and daily works with her staff to produce aprox. 800-1,000 pieces per week. Her husband, Stephen Shannon, is also a large part of the backend work that happens at Convivial and has been wildly influential in the company's growth. Together, they work to fulfill the mission of Convivial and to continue to create job opportunities for local artists in the Kansas City area. If you are interested in meeting Chentell + Stephen and learning more about Convivial, sign up for the next Studio Tour. Visit our our Studio Tours page for more information and to sign up.