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
A year and a day ago exactly from today is the day that I started building up my ceramic studio. I cannot believe everything that I have got accomplished in that time frame. When I was younger, A YEAR always sounded like an eternity, which don't get me wrong it still is but now that I am a bit older the time does goes pretty quickly. I believe the highlights in the last year have been completing the studio as far as the set up, exploring and making a bunch of new designs, meeting people at art shows and seeing them own their craft, and not only getting an amazing studio mate to share the spot with but also getting an amazing friend. Annie Quigley, thanks for continuing to push me everyday!
This past Sunday I went to Angel City Brewery in DTLA to show and sale some of my lamps at their Beer Bazaar. The location and atmosphere was amazing. It was a fun time getting to meet a lot of new people in the art community and try a bunch of new beer that they make.
Although my work might seem like a decorative piece for a home, don't get me wrong, it is! But there is a little more than meets the eye.
I started my art career with oil paintings I would pick a random day in the future that had relatively no meaning to me and paint how the sky would look on that specific day. By taking the date and coordinates with the help of a virtual planisphere, I would map out a portion of the sky and reduce the distortion as much as possible.
Giving me the end result of something very interesting pictured above. I notice that I was missing purpose behind my ceramic work and wanted everything to have the same correlation of style and meaning behind it. So after I made a few test lamps that had some type of figurative element integrated into it, I went back to my foundation on where I felt like my passion was already apparent. I ultimately think my lamps are representing the same concept of my early paintings and my continuous search on how to fuse my purpose and a pleasing aesthetic for any everyday home.
My work is currently engaged in the exploration of the uncertainty of the future and how celestial bodies were used to determine what was to come. The natural forms of the sky inspire my work. I produces my lighted structures by taking the luminous spheres and unify their energy with allows us to see into the light that reveals the nature of things forever beyond our reach. Since light moves at ultimate speed, the presence that is emitted into space captures the anonymity that lies within the power of the Universe.
At the end of the month I will be selling my lamps in Downtown LA at Unique Markets. Come by and pick one up!
Unique LA was a blast! I met a lot of new people and it was so refreshing to see many young people on the hustle following their passion and introducing all of the fantastic things that they make for the world around us!
This weekend I will be at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Arcadia with my studio mate Annie Quigley of Quigley Ceramics. Come by and check out our work! We will also be presenting our collaborative piece we whipped up. It's gonna be sick!!!
When you buy one of my ceramic lamps I don't want you to feel like you are just improving the space that you are going to place it I want you to know that you are becoming a part of a universal mission that we can all agree on and that would be inspiring/motivating the youth. The PLUS ME project (proof learners ultimately succeed with motivation and education) is a non-profit based out of Los Angeles that helps inspire young students through the enchanting outlet of Storytelling.