Our crafter today cites many inspirations for her truly magical creations including: dreams, texture and touch, patterns and ebb/flow of nature.
I love to collect and dress up in vintage clothes.
I currently live in a water tower and work in an old chicken barn converted to studio space.
I crave the smell of basements, garages, and...my clay studio. (I think it's a sign.)
My recurring dream is finding undiscovered rooms in my house... recurring nightmare is impulsively cutting my hair too short.
What got you started crafting?
My Nana taught me how to knit when I was about 10. But I was always unravelling. I tried oil painting, and writing and sewing, all to discover and master starting over and the delete button. Then I found clay. And it found me. And put me back together. I started throwing dinnerware for my friends and family, and they encouraged me to go to make more to the point I was selling in galleries and the farmer's market and commissioning my work. When I moved to San Francisco I was suddenly stripped of my ability to throw because the cost of rent for studio space and limitations on how much I could fire would prove unsustainable. At that point I looked for something I could do at home in a small space. I took several Jewelry classes and felt recharged. San Francisco proved to be the perfect market for my work. I find the two worlds of Ceramics and Jewelry provide and outlet for me to create my dreams of texture, fashion, food and tradition.
What is your source of inspiration?
Dreams, texture and touch, patterns and ebb/flow of nature
What have you made recently?
I just finished a set of eucalyptus wood-fired flasks inspired to create something both masculine and gentle. They are textured with estate wood carvings from the shutters of an old San Franscisco Victorian appartment, textile blocks and a chandelier fixture. Food safe, drink safe and dishwasher safe!
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
My work is for sale through Sirihansdotter.com and on Etsy!
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I choose handmade because I feel the maker is inspired and driven to make a quality item with someone like themselves in mind. I have more opportunity to support the local economy and contribute to less waste and more happiness. Shopping in the corporate manufactured world tends to be extremely wasteful of energy and resources and ultimately produces more consumer junk (ie. your product breaks or is outdated and therefore useless,) while destroying it's local economy by overworking employees and creating demanding, frenzied and unsatisfied customers.