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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Gretchen Quinn Pottery


Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I make functional ceramics with a clean modern feel. The inspiration for my work comes mainly from what I would like to have in my own home and use daily. I am defiantly under the spell of well made crafts. A lot of what I make spins out from Danish modern and Shaker designs where simplicity, utility and honesty are among the guiding principles in their work.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
Maker events are the backbone of my business and where a lot of the growth over the past few years has come from. Most of the shop owners now that carry my work found me at shows. I think having the ability for shop owners to pick up the work and meet the makers and see how customers are reacting to your work make a big impact on their willingness to take a chance on carrying you.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
Yikes, this is like picking your favorite child! I’m excited to see it all but 27th Star Co. looks really beautiful and like something I can see in my home.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
Sleeping! I dream about making pots all the time. Lots of mornings I wake up and can’t wait to get to the studio and make what’s been floating around in my mind during the night. On the days when it feels more like work, I rely on Patti Smith or The Stooges to push me through.

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
Definitely when I was in charge of emptying the rat traps at a fancy private school in Cambridge, MA. I was on the maintenance crew and my qualification for this job was that I was the only one able to could fit behind the dumpsters to reach the traps. I actually look back pretty fondly at this job, because I learned how to sand and polish floors like a champ, paint fearlessly for days on high ladders and how to repair lots of things. By far the kindest group of people I’ve ever worked with.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
Work hard. Work really, really hard and make what you love and believe in. Oh, and most importantly, ask for what you want. If you want your work to be in a store or if you want to be in a certain show just ask the people in charge. You will likely be turned away a bunch, but every once in a while you’ll get a yes, and that always leads to more. You can not sit around marking beautiful things hoping that people will find you.

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
This is so different from the other pottery I see in North Carolina.

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