What part of town is your business and what do like most about living and/or working there?
Nob Hill. I love living in Nob Hill because there is such a strong sense of community. All of my neighbors are so friendly and always very social. My studio is in Nob Hill as well and its amazing to be able to walk there.
Tell us about your business—what do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for most, what differentiates you from other competitors, etc.
I create hand-made ceramic goods. I specialize in lidded boxes made from a variety of clays and finished with a variety of glazes. My pieces are unique because of the handles I attach onto them with leather straps. I have been working on these deigns for the past two years and it’s exciting to watch them come to life and see the ideas change and develop.
Walk us through your story—how did you get into your line of work, what made you get started, and how did you get to where you are now?
I began working with ceramics in 2015 while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I was highly influenced by the abundance of nature and beauty. I moved to San Francisco in 2016 for a change of scenery and the chance to grow my business. Moving here was the best decision I have made! I am surrounded by other amazing creatives and constantly inspired by the culture in this beautiful city and it had given me the opportunity to really make a living doing what I love.
What kinds of challenges did you face getting started, and what kind of challenges do you face still today?
It’s always a challenge to compete with machine-made and mass-produced goods. Being a maker I do everything on my own, from creating the products to photographing, and selling them. This creates a higher price tag on my pieces and it can be hard to compete with the low prices of mass produced products. Thankfully here in San Francisco there is high value on hand-made goods and more people are appreciating small maker’s work every day.
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