This was a big year of press publications for Suite One Studio. I had an incredible full page feature in Southern Living magazine in February 2014 which started out the year in a big way! I was thrilled to have work in several issues of Food & Wine, and Better Homes and Gardens as the year progressed. In September I was invited to San Francisco to attend the Nearly Impossible Conference, which was amazing. It was wonderful to meet so many talented makers, designers, and all around inspiring people. Another big moment in 2014 was when I added a slab roller to the studio earlier this fall. This was a major, major highlight on the production side of things and it will continue to make a tremendous impact on production for years to come!
“I’ve found it’s important for me to structure breaks to sit, stretch, think, or just be.”
Slowing down is a big part of how I stay creative. Sometimes this means going for a walk with my dogs, or simply sitting down for a cup of coffee without replying to emails simultaneously. I’m a habitual multi-tasker and this can completely zap my creative energy if I let it. I’ve found it’s important for me to structure breaks (even two or three minutes if that’s all I can spare) to sit, stretch, think, or just be. I seldom suffer from a lack of ideas, but I frequently suffer from a perceived lack of time. Pausing helps me reevaluate and tackle my day (and creativity) more effectively.
I especially enjoy the hands-on, hands-in-clay making part of the ceramics process. Which may sound like the entire process, but it’s really only a small part of the work that goes into a handmade piece of pottery. A considerable amount of time is spent drying, firing, and glazing the work. And while I enjoy all of these stages as well in their uniqueness, it is those early moments with the wet, moldable clay that I most enjoy because in those first touches the clay can become anything. It’s this overwhelmingly unlimited potential contained in a single piece of clay that has captivated me since the beginning.
“It’s this overwhelmingly unlimited potential contained in a single piece of clay that has captivated me since the beginning.”
What plans do you have for Suite One Studio going into the new year?
In this upcoming year I’m adding a new larger kiln into the studio, and I’m moving my studio out from a converted guest bedroom in my home (and yup, that’s about as messy as it sounds) into my large garage. I’ve been wanting to add a larger kiln and move the studio for ages, and the timing is finally right to tackle both of these projects. I’m looking forward to working in a new space and firing in a new kiln! 2015 is going to be a GOOD year.
This is a crazy time of year for most of us, what small things do you do to take time out or relax?
Before I answer this I must admit that I do not excel at the whole work/life balance thing. Sometimes the biggest thing I can do to relax is the simple acknowledgment that I need to relax. It doesn’t seem to matter as much what I do to relax, but just that I remember to give myself permission to do it. That silent, mental acknowledgement to myself does wonders!
Yes, I live in Greensboro and LOVE it. It’s the perfect combination of a city and a small town. I live in a great neighborhood that has a handful of unique restaurants all within walking distance. There’s a small grocery shop on the corner, and a farmer’s market that pops up a few doors down from my house every Saturday. Downtown is awesome because there’s a little for everyone. I love The Green Bean for coffee, and Design Archives is great for local, handmade, and vintage goods, both are right downtown on South Elm. I’m a huge fan of consignment, antique, and thrift shops and I’ve probably been to every one in Greensboro at this point. Either of the two Red Collections are big wins, and Adelaide’s is also fantastic for vintage furniture and housewares. Greensboro has numerous parks that I love to visit with my dogs. The entire city is very dog friendly which as a dog lover I really enjoy! It’s a really amazing place to live!