Folia Collective Interview

I am honored to be one of the artists highlighted in Folia Collective's November newsletter. I've been working with Folia Collective for over 4 years now making planters and plant-based ceramics for them. Danae, the owner, is incredible and found my work when I was living in San Francisco. She was one of the few people to write about me without asking for anything in return on Justina Blakeney's Jungalow blog. Since returning to Southern California, I've been very fortunate to meet her and get to know what a kind-hearted and warm person she is. Check out Folia Collective and their cute shop in Eagle Rock and read my interview below:

How long have you been practicing your art/craft?
I started working with clay in 8th grade so on and off for about 20 years now! It's pretty incredible to think about how long I've worked in this medium. I'm also lucky to have had really incredible teachers and mentors along the way to learn about various techniques and the many facets of ceramics and pottery.

What drew you to your medium originally?
I have always loved art but wasn't great with 2D art like drawing and painting. My school had a ceramics and glass program, so I tried it out and was hooked immediately.

What inspires you most and how is that reflected in your work?
I get a ton of inspiration from folk art, traditional textiles, and travel. I appreciate functionality over form, so I am constantly striving to make a piece that is aesthetically pleasing but also is comfortable to hold or easy to use. My work harkens back to traditional pottery with natural and neutral colors and classic silhouettes, but has a modern twist that represents something current in my life.

Do you have a favorite item to make? Why is it your favorite?
I think my favorite item changes yearly. I am constantly trying out new designs and new forms and get easily bored with repetition. For example, in 2018, my favorite thing to make were the clay ladies. In 2020, I really liked making the Portuguese man of war vases. This year I've really enjoyed making bowls.

What do you wish customers understood better about handmade items?
I feel like I can only speak to pottery, but I wish customers understood the time and skill involved in making pieces. I'm lucky to have incredible customers that can really appreciate the quality of my work, but every now and then, I get someone who tries to devalue it, and it can really take a toll on a small business owner. Fortunately, it only happens about once a year!