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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Gretchen Quinn Pottery


Gretchen Quinn Pottery

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I make functional ceramics with a clean, modern feel and the pieces in my tableware line are a reflection of what I want to have in my own home and use daily.
I’m definitely under the spell of well-made crafts and a lot of what I make spins out from my love of 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:
By far, participating in shows is what supports my small business. As time goes on social media has started to gain traction and translate into sales, but I often find that my followers first found me at a show and then started to follow and purchasing. Most of the stores that carry my work found me first at a show. You never know who is going to be in the crowd and what opportunities may come beyond a sale.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I’m honestly excited to see everyone. There are so many maker friends at this show and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new makers and seeing their products.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I am fortunate to have a studio that I share with 3 other potters, so just when I’m starting to get a little lonely or thinking of calling it a day, someone will show up and keep me working.

How did you come up with your business name?:
I remember seeing an amazing interview with Diane von Fürstenberg in which she was talked about the importance of keeping your name at the identity of your business. The more I thought about it, I realized that most of the businesses that I follow do just that. Also, for me it is kind of like picking a tattoo, I just couldn’t think of anything I thought I could stick 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?:
The advice I’d like to give; Make what you love, not what you think your customer will want to buy, and work really, really hard.
Best advice received; Say yes to everything, until you can say no, then be very selective as to what you say yes to.

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
I use your cup every day!

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