Liz Kelly Pottery
Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I make earthy and elegant wares that feature a high contrast in materials, color and eras of influence. I’m inspired by rituals of use and values of identity expressed through objects. I’m bringing a mix of decorated and minimalist mugs, cups, bowls, trays and small dishes.
My bestseller is a mug with floral decal decoration. I love using the vintage floral patterns to accent the form and color of these pieces while adding a layer of cheeky fun!
In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
I find that a balance of loyal independent stores and well-curated shows is my best sales avenue. The personable context in both of these settings is the perfect introduction to what my brand’s personality is all about.
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I have a “night-making” ritual about once a week when I go into the studio from early evening until I can’t function anymore. This is my time to listen to very loud music, work super hard, have an intense focus, and when that starts to wane – have some studio beers. It’s the alone time my life has been missing for years!!!
What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
I once had a job where I wore a 50’s style Hawaiian mumu dress and greeted passengers that flew into Hawaii on private planes with leis. It paid okay ;)
Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
Haden Designs and Elle Woods with their great material use and simple, bold style!
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?:
Take a look at your idea/goal and ask yourself how hard you’re prepared to work for it. The big love of making for a living is so exciting, but it is constant and needy!!! Also, when you’re in the shower with your achy muscles, just remind yourself that you’re a better boss than so many others you’ve had!
What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
“I don’t even like pottery, but I like this!”
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