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Gopi Shah Ceramics x Free People

I am so excited that November is finally here because that means that Free People has finally posted my ceramic wares made exclusively for them on their website! Bonus: my ceramic hands were featured in their November catalog

It was so great to work with the entire team that made this happen at Free People. It all started in February 2015 when a buyer contacted me who was interested in some of my ceramics. After submitting samples of my work, the design team asked me to make custom items that fit their aesthetic and color scheme. We finally decided on two different ceramic hand incense holders and some elegant coffee stirrers

In September, right before we relocated to San Francisco, I started producing and finalizing the order. 

This was such a wonderful experience where I learned more about working with larger retailers, packaging and shipping large orders for sale, and implementing new techniques all while learning more about myself and my business through the process.

I love the way both the incense holders and the stirrers came out. If you are looking for a unique holiday present for a loved one, know that these ceramic wares were all handmade by me in my tiny garage studio. 

Gopi Shah Ceramics x FedEx

In April, I was approached by Archer Malmo, a creative advertising agency based in Memphis, to help produce an online commercial for FedEx. FedEx has partnered with Renegade Craft Fair to introduce flat rate shipping to makers and independent designers, and I was lucky enough to be selected to be featured in their series of commercials highlighting local micro-businesses.

It was an incredible experience working with such a fantastic team to produce this video about my small business. Telling my story is important to me, and having this beautifully shot video helps me communicate my business to others. 

A team of about 10 people came to my studio over the course of two days in May to film me working. They filmed me throwing on the wheel, hand carving, hand painting, glazing, loading the kiln and all the other creative processes that go into making ceramics. The team also came to Renegade Craft Fair in Austin! You can tell all the hard work that went into this video and I am so appreciative to have been selected and to have been able to work with this excellent and dedicated team. 

Featured on Renegade Craft Fair's Blog

Hollin, from Renegade Craft Fair, came by my studio to learn more about my process behind my ceramic wares. It was great meeting part of the amazing team that puts on these craft fairs across the country. They featured me and my studio on their blog today, and I was excited to show where I work to the other budding crafts folk out there! Read the whole article here.