I’m lucky to live in a nature-filled canyon in the northeast part of Los Angeles with outdoor space and a home studio. We cook, garden, and make outdoor pizza on the grill — it’s really been the ideal set up for the lockdown year.
I’m excited to say that I’m working on my first solo show, which will open at Stroll Garden in January 2022.
Like most makers who run their own business, we’re just barely surviving, doing everything from production, ecommerce and marketing. I am usually working insane hours all through year! During COVID, I’ve been able to pause, take inventory of what direction I want to go in, and take chances with new kinds of work.
When it comes to clothing, I look at the silhouette and shape of the garment, and then color and texture. There are certain shapes I can do in any color, or I can simply be attracted to a fabric texture. I also love wearing various shades on white, but I still need stimuli from color and pattern.
For both writing and ceramics, or any creative work, it’s really about listening to your body to tell you where you should take the work. Your body knows, right away — you just have to listen. Both writing and ceramic processes take various iterations to make something, and plenty of time refining and fine tuning. I’m also interested in approaches that haven’t been done before.
Choosing a career in a creative field where you have to figure it out as you go along requires courage. You are basically writing your own job description every day. You don’t realize how choosing an unconventional career really goes against the grain of everything in mainstream society.
I have many go-to karaoke songs for different occasions! “Drunk In Love” by Beyonce, “Magic Man” by Heart, and anything musical like “Cabaret” are personal favorites.