Lindsey is back for her second time at Feliz - and we're thrilled. Her ceramics have both a peaceful and playful quality to them that make them perfect gifts - if you don't end up keeping it for yourself ;). She's been busy since we last spoke to her, so we took a minute to catch up on what she's been doing and her pottery-plans for Spring Feliz!
This Fall was your first Feliz, how was your experience? Has it had any effect on the stuff you've been making the past 6 months?
The Fall Feliz was a blast. It was such a pleasure to meet the other artists. One thing that has come out of it is a collaboration with Dave Massman - pairing my ceramic serving bowls with his hand carved serving spoons. We are still in the design process, but I’m hoping to debut the final product at Feliz.
What designers inspire you the most?
On a trip to Bulgaria I came across one of my favorite pieces of pottery. It was made by an artist that was replicating traditional ways in making, decorating and firing the work. I don’t know the artist’s name but was very taken by the piece and 7 years later, it still continues to influence my work. That is typically the type of work that I am drawn to – very raw, warm objects that embrace the imperfections and show the artist’s hand.
What was the last great place you visited?
Last Summer I visited Spain and I can’t stop daydreaming about it. I felt right at home – the food, the people, the landscape, the weather – everything was perfect.
Is there anything you make with clay that we don't see in the sale? Like do you ever experiment with sculptural things or just ceramic tests?
This year I started making tiles for residential clients. I made a counter to ceiling kitchen backsplash using just under 3,000 hand-cut tiles. It felt so good to see the project completed and installed in the home. When I was younger I painted murals which I think helped prepare me for taking on this big, blank wall.
I feel like a lot of your design is really natural, simple, and comforting. How do you come up with the designs and colors that you put on your bowls?
When I first started making ceramics I didn’t have a kiln so everything was pit fired - because of this my color pallet was very limited since no glazes are used. I still use a lot of those same techniques even now that I have a more sophisticated set-up. The pottery I love most is what I see in archeological museums –looking at those ancient wares has informed a lot of my color choices, textures and patterns.
all images via Lindsey Wohlgemuth