Two Hands Full
Tell us about what you do.
I am a potter based out of Boulder, Colorado, focusing on functional wares and jewelry. I seek a lot of my inspiration from patterns and connections found in the natural world and my surrounding ecosystem. I also like to envision the bright butternut squash soup that may lie in one of my bowls, the shadows cast on a morning mug of tea, or the atmosphere of friends sitting around a table drinking a cup of gin or two… I am inspired just as much by where my pieces might end up.
What’s your favorite thing about your creative process?
I'm not sure there is one part I love in particular, but more so the whole cycle of making. From gathering information, to making, to putting my work out there into the world- it brings so many perspectives to grow and fine tune. If there is a day when I don't feel pulled to be in the studio, I might go to a museum and find inspiration or find new ways to sell my work. The curiosity factor of it all is quite refreshing.
How do you prepare your business for holiday season?
Start early. Plan ahead...I've also been trying to remind friends and family who put in orders to do so sooner than later, offering a coupon code for holiday orders before November 1st. Bribery has its strong points! Especially in working with clay, starting early is key. Between drying and two kiln firings (which take about 2/3 days each), the process can take at least three weeks. I am not keen on firing a kiln that isn't full either, so making enough pieces must be taken into account. Also...I have learned to relax into the mayhem rather than fight it, which always helps.
Do you have any other projects that you are excited about aside from your primary medium?
Two Hands Full is made up of my pottery, fiber works (knitting and natural dyeing), and floral design. When I am not at the studio working with clay, one can usually find me knitting or working with plants in some way. Before I dedicated myself fully to THF, I was working as a floral designer for many years. The three mediums definitely connect with each other in the way I see line and space as well as hold patience and presence. You can explore more on my website.
What has been the best advice you have received in regard to running a creative business?
The best advice I have gotten in regards to running a creative business is on pricing. It is so darn easy to undersell your work because, one would hope, it is something that you would be doing anyways and something you really enjoy doing as a sort of outlet. As awkward or uncomfortable as it may seem at first, giving yourself a respectable hourly wage is what makes it all work in the long run and allows you to live a life that inspires you to keep going into the studio day after day.
What’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you!
I recently went back to school at Naropa University, where I am completing my degree in Environmental Studies. Naropa is unique in a sense that is is Tibetan Buddhist inspired, meaning every class has an essence of mediation and mindfulness. I have had an on and off meditation practice for upwards of ten years and really owe a lot of my sanity to it. My Buddhist practice and interest has influenced my work with clay a lot, as well as knitting, floral design, and business ethics. I feel a lot of gratitude for going to a school where I can indulge in both the environment and Buddhism. It's been a pretty full Fall so far between work and academics...but I don't do particularly well with a lot of free time on my hands anyways!