What first drew you to pottery? I was first captivated by pottery during ceramics classes in college. Working with clay was the most therapeutic time of my day and provided an escape and change of pace from my demanding schedule. Also, the endless possibilities of creating with clay made my mind come alive!
What brought you and your studio to Nashville? A “real job”. I had accepted a job offer to direct a day camp, and my husband and I loved the city, so we ended up moving here. I definitely didn’t plan to quit that job and start my own ceramics business.
What is your favorite thing about working/living in Nashville? The creative community! It’s an incredible time and place to be an artist and maker. The support of customers and fellow makers is encouraging and life giving.
When did you decide to open your own studio and what factors went into shaping your aesthetic and brand? About a year into my job as a camp director, I realized that I couldn't shake the desire to CREATE! My director position demanded all my time and energy, and I was longing for a creative outlet. So, I decided after a few weeks of soul-searching to quit my job and pursue pottery. It was invigorating to take a risk and start my own little ceramic business right inside my house. The kiln was literally wired in our kitchen. hah!
It took some trial and error to arrive at the current brand and aesthetic. I loved trying all different mediums, textures and colors. However, I found that my work lacked the cohesive aesthetic I desired. When I shifted my focus from trying all sorts of designs to focusing on creating a cohesive body of work, Handmade Studio TN was truly born! I remember feeling giddy from head to toe when I unloaded the first kiln where each piece complemented the next. As much as I love the current aesthetic, I think we’ll always be in the process of refining and developing an authentic, compelling and beautiful brand.