Lindsey's booth at Feliz this year was serene, with natural colored ceramics, plants and textiles to make it feel like home - and the effect worked! It's hard to imagine a home without her lovely ceramics! We get to ask her a little more about what she brought, and how she does it. If you missed her this time around, be sure to pick something up at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar from November 27 - December 24, where she'll be selling t-h-e perfect Christmas gift.
Tell us about what you do and what you brought to Feliz this year?
I make functional and decorative ceramics for the home - lanterns for the porch, coasters for the table, mugs for your coffee and tea; pieces that have an easy going character which can be used everyday and bring some warmth to your home.
What’s the best part about working in ceramics?
The more I make, the more I learn. Given its long history across all parts of the world, I could spend my life exploring even the smallest niche within ceramics. It’s beautifully simple, just earth and fire, but it takes a lifetime to master.
How do you find inspiration for your designs?
Traveling never hurts. It puts things into perspective when I see what other artists can do with so little and what an important part tradition plays in ceramics. I recently went to Tunisia and met an incredible artist (Sabiha) working in the Berber style of pottery. She was taught by her mother and grandmother since the age of 12. Her work is a reflection of where she lives. The clay is dug on her property, the slip collected in the mountains nearby and colorants are made from local plants. Now as I work I always find myself thinking of her, her resourcefulness, and her beautiful work.
When I have the opportunity I love visiting archeological museums and seeing how little the craft has changed since the very beginning. It’s impossible to replicate how beautiful time and wear can make pottery look, but I adopt a lot of techniques and patterns from works I have seen on display.
What would you do with your business if someone gave you a check for a million dollars?
When I was in college, near the end of senior year some students were wondering how they would continue making ceramics without access to the school’s facilities. I had a wonderful teaching assistant at the time and she said, “If you want to make it happen, you will.” There is definitely tons of great equipment you can buy, but ceramics can be pretty bear bones too; you work with what you have and that’s reflected in the kind of work you make. If a million bucks fell into my lap I have no doubt how I would spend it - buy land in Southern Spain, set up a second studio and split my time between here and there!