Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
Modern maximalist pottery for troublemakers and hospitality enthusiasts. Handmade mugs, plates, planters, earrings and coasters making you feel more at home, wherever you are.
Regardless of trends, who are your style muses, how do they influence you?:
I admire the transparency, wit and humor of Rivtak and East Fork Pottery. They model a confidence that inspires me to share my experience as a maker-business-human. Brands can be validating and vulnerable to create a space that’s not all about sales, thank goodness!
What are the things customers seek you out for?:
Contrasts! The raw energy of clay layered with a playful palette and precise decorations makes everyone look at least twice.
How did you learn your craft or business?:
I learned pottery at The Crafts Center at N.C. State, Pullen Arts Center and Penland School of Craft. My business learning came from my degree in Design Studies from N.C. State’s Design College, the brand Launch program at Visual Art Exchange and my relationship with maker-centric markets like The Handmade Market. But the real real gold is in the organic network and friends you make by showing up year after year alongside all the handmade businesses in this region!!!
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
Productive procrastination keeps me focused! If I’m not in the mood for one task, I’ll just start on another type of work. If I don’t want to make pots I’ll photograph work, send emails, apply to shows or just start cleaning until my fire gets lit. Basically just do something, anything at all!
What advice would you give to an artist or business just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art or business?:
Be obsessed! You’ll need it to carry you through the upstream workflow that’s waiting for you! Also, there’s so many tired tropes for creatives. Look around and find positive role models who are out there GETTING IT and forget about any lame, boring defeatist notions. The tropes are tired, just be authentic.
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