Saturday, June 21

*FEATURED ARTIST of the week* ~~WhitneySmith~~

Whitney Smith

1. What do you create?

fabulous pottery!

2. What led you to take up your craft?

Obsession with the medium. I dated a few guys in a row who were potters and I couldn't get over the idea that I needed to give it a try.

3. Which part of your work do you most enjoy?

Throwing. Just throwing on the wheel is one of the most satisfying activities in my life.

4. Which part do you find hardest?

The hardest is juggling wholesale and having to pump out the same thing over and over. It can turn my brain to mush. Finding the time and inspiration to develop new work is challenging and even frustrating when you have people standing in line to buy that one popular item.

5. Where do you get your inspiration?

I don't have time to get picky about it, I find inspiration everywhere I go!

6. Do you participate in any etsy groups, and if so, which ones?

no I don't, but I have my pottery posse here in the Bay Area: Christa Assad, Rae Dunn, Sara Paloma, Sara Kagan, Diana Fayt, Joanna Mendicino, and Mary Mar Keenan. We support each other with all the various challenges and problems potters run into.

7. What's one material your shop can't live without?

Clay! and coffee...

8. What is your favorite item that you have purchased off of Etsy?

hmmm... that's a hard question. I love a pair of silo vases I purchased from Up in the Air Somewhere, I love their simplicity.

And I commissioned some lovely kitchen curtains on alchemy from Katesy, I adore those!

9. If I could sell one item from my shop today, it would be...

my pair of porcelain vases. they are a new design and I love them!

10. If I had enough money to pick one item on my wish list from any shop on etsy to buy, it would be...

the papercut shadowbox from fog and thistle.

11. What are the top three favorite items currently listed in your store?

my yellow poppy bowl,

my green mini sprout,

and my white creamer and sugar set

12. What undiscovered artisans would you recommend the world to know?

He's not undiscovered, but I recommend everyone look at the work of Peter Callesen.

He is amazing. He's so amazing it makes me want to give up clay for paper.

13. What is the best advice you have ever received?

Make what you want to make!


Waterrose said...

What beautiful pieces! Especially the last one with the tiny birds....the color is perfect.

Rachel said...

I love these pieces - especially the last one with birds around the rim! Breathtaking!

littlebyRD said...

Thanks for this interview. Beautiful pottery. I love the yellow poppy bowl so much!

Rosebud Collection said...

What beautiful pottery..great interview too..

Julia said...

Hurray! This is one of my favorite potters on Etsy right now :) I love, love, love her pieces! The lotus bowls especially! Oh and the cake stand :)

Great interview my Peach!


marsha said...

ooooh, she makes beautiful pieces! love her celadon green ones and the little birdies perched over the water hole especially!

blazedanielle said...

Beautiful pieces!! I love those stacking green flower ones! So lovely!

And I adore the work of Peter Callesen! He's so talented!!

Great interview!

Cary said...

great feature! i love this shop and hadn't seen it before. thanks:)