Gretchen from Gretchen Quinn Pottery
Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I make functional ceramics that are a reflection of my love for simple luxuries.
I play with patterns, colors and clean shapes to make pieces that are equally useful and beautiful.
By far the strongest design influence on my work is my childhood home. It was always filled with Marimekko prints. The bold patterns hung on the walls, covered the table top, they were on our beds and in our closets. While my work is quieter than so many of the prints I love, they definitely were imprinted on my soul and always find their way into my work.
Much of my work has hand carved or painted repeating patterns. I play with the scale and positioning of the pattern on each pot to create a finished piece that can stand nicely on it’s own or sing out in a grouping.
In you experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
Art fairs and markets have been the best venue for my work. It is a great opportunity to talk with customers and to learn what they like and what they would like to see more of. I have developed a few new pieces as a result of these conversations and they have grown to be strong sellers.
Being able to have my work out of the studio at markets has lead to other sales opportunities in shops and online. Talking with customers and making connections with other makers at shows has really helped to push my business forward.
Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?
I really looking forward to meeting everyone and seeing what other artist have been making. As much as I love to sell at markets, being able to connect with other makers is a big part of the event for me too.
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