I am excited to announce that I am going to be opening up a ceramic studio in the Los Angeles area, specifically my hometown, Frogtown. The studio will offer classes, workshops by visiting artist, memberships, and a gallery. I am in the process of finalizing all of the little details for this space. I feel like this space can ultimately be very inspirational to all of the members of the community and creative artist.
I would like to first start out by saying thank you to everyone who came and supported our Empty Bowl event! It was amazing to see everyone come together for a good cause. It was amazing that we SOLD OUT in the first few hours. This event has really inspired me to keep hosting events with a cause; all the hard work really does pay off. A shout out Angel City Brewery for the generosity in hosting our event, Heritage LA, the participating potters, and the best chef in town Chef Kim!
Two years ago today, I went into the studio like any other day and went to blow off a little steam, try and make something slightly aesthetically pleasing, jabber on about nothing with my partner in crime, and just have some fun. When I started to work the previous week I had an idea but I did not think it would work or did not know how I would even go on about building this shape that I had in my head. I made a typical pinch pot and then made another and connected them together to get a sphere shape. Looking back I have no idea how I had the patience of hand building all of those spheres. Now that I have become quite comfortable with the wheel I throw A LOT of my pieces.
After a few hours going by and a quick walk to the store to buy a beer I wanted to finish this idea. I remebered that it had to be a Friday because the community studio that I was at during that year stayed open a little later. After drinking some of my beer and a few laughs I finally finished it! It was my very first lamp!
At that time I did not really even think about the impact it had on my work or life for that matter. It has been 2 years since that night and since then I have made over 75 lamps, built my own studio, have my lamps on display and for sale in some of the coolest stores nationwide, and am simply living the dream-one lamp at a time!
If you have a dream, don't give up on it. Keep trying and trying and trying and set realistic goals/expectations. I know I am hard on myself all the time but I remember all of the progress I have made from the beginning. I don't think we hear this enough, but great things take time and it going to be ok.
Addie is one of my greatest friends who I met while I spent my time at Stanford. I don't think either of us realized how good of friends we would have become during that time. Through conversations and pictures of getting to know each other is when I knew that her art designs are just as AMAZING as she is! After some time of talking about some different ideas we decided to finally make a collaboration together. We have created these very whimsical designs on some modern mugs.
You can find them at a beautiful shop called Willow, located in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington DC. If you are in the area go check them out!
I know a lot of people have been asking to see my lamps in person, now you have your chance! I recently paired up with Pocket Square Clothing, a men's accessory brand. They have a beautiful space located in DTLA. The flagship store carries a variety of merchandise to please anyone. "To date they feature a collection of handcrafted bow ties, skinny neckties and pocket squares. The brand is a reflection of the ideals behind the Urban Gentleman. This is their effort to tell a story, to inspire and be inspired, and to create a powerful connection with you through timeless pieces." -PSC
PSC currently features a few dozen Los Angeles based brands and designers and I am super stoked that I am now one of them. If you are in the Downtown area stop by and check out their goods. They are located on 7th street right between Spring and Broadway.
205 W 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014