MC; Whatdo you love the most about being a potter/ceramist/ clay worker?
KM; I feel that I’m part of a time honoured tradition and I think I’m quite privileged to contribute to such an ancient art form, in my own tiny way.
MJB Photography 'Heart line' series
MC: What inspires you ?KM; Creative people living out their dreams; walking the beach before sunrise; the way that we all see the world differently; building a new and better life for myself; the prospect of doing what I love for the rest of my life; watching and helping friends achieve their goals; listening to the Pacific Ocean in bed; travelling; Disney movies; chocolate; mint tea; music;sunshine; childhood memories.
MC: Tell us about the processes involved in producingyour work ?KM; Nearly all of my work begins in my sketchbook. Very rarely will I make a piece without drawing even a tiny design of it first. I might spend weeks developing sketches or it could be a super quick scribble to get it out of my head. I think that’s the main reason I keep a sketchbook – to empty out my brain!
Gold Coast Potters’ Association in Benowa to bisque fire them in their baby kiln (she’s called Minnie!).
MC: Describe your studioKM; In early June 2012 I was fortunate enough to move my studio out of the spareroom of my tiny first floor 2 room apartment, into an elevated space overlooking a warehouse in Mermaid Beach.My good friend owns the building and offered the space for me to use. I have my wheel, 4 sets of shelving for freshly thrown work, trimmed work, painted work and finished stock.
MC: How do you market andsell your work?KM; My first stockist was 19 KARENon the Gold Coast, back in 2010, closely followed by Artisan in Brisbane later that year. In 2011 I joined ClayArt Benowa, a sweet cottage gallery supported by the Gold Coast Potters Association and also began stocking work at Market to Market in Toowoomba and The SWICH in Ipswich.This year I was very excited to send work to my first Melbourne gallery, SMALLpieces.
I’m very happy to say that I’ve recently joined Udessi too! I’ve followed Kim’s work and Udessi for a long time and feel so privileged to become part of such a great initiative.
I’m so fortunate and grateful to have such supportive and encouraging stockists. They work really hard to promote my work and are all super great people!
In August I celebrated my first year of market-going, at the first birthday of Miami Marketta at Rabbit + Cocoon. The Marketta was my first market appearance in August 2011 and I have attended regularly since then.
It’s a brilliant mix of art, fashion, food and music on a Friday night and I am incredibly proud to be part of it. I also sell my work at market days and special events with the Gold Coast Potters’ Assoc.
I *do* have an online store, but honestly it’s been in vacation mode since my travels to Canad ain May and I can’t foresee it opening again anytime soon…! I certainly would like to reopen it in time for Christmas…maybe.
MC: How did you find Mud Colony?And what impact ,( ifany), has it had on your
KM;My dear friend Adriana invited me from the beginning! We both contributed to MyCreative Space, which then became Our Creative Spaces, started by Kirsty Macafee, which inspired Adriana to launch Mud Colony. Creative Spaces was always a great place to share and meet liked minded makers, and Mud Colony is extra good as its all clay bods!
I think it’s really important and almost vital for us to share our work, even if we’ve had a bad week. Most of us work solo and it is so easy to become despondent when things don’t go to plan. Mud Colony provides us with a space to share our good and bad times and allows us to support each other through all of that.
MC: Are there any clayblogs that you ALWAYS look at ,and why?KM; OH,oh there are SO MANY! Allow me to raid my Google Reader list…
http://suiteonestudio.blogspot.com.au– a fellow young potter, proving to the world that yes, ceramics can be a viable career. Lindsay and I met on Twitter, leading to an online friendship of encouraging noises and virtual high fives. I totally want to meet her in person one day.
http://adrianachristianson.blogspot.com.au/- the Lady herself! Adriana and I discovered each other’s blogs a couple of years ago and have founded a marvellous mutual appreciation society. Adriana is an incredible support for me, always emailing or texting me in excitement to congratulate me on new work or console me when I’ve made a mistake…! I love reading her blog to learn how she is growing her business and following great opportunities. She is a big, BIG inspiration to me on many levels. No, she didn’t pay me to write that.
http://elainebradley.blogspot.com.au/- Elaine’s blog is full to the brim of inspiring, interesting and practical posts on making pots, as well as the vibrant ceramics scene in Western Australia. I really hope to attend her print on clayworkshops in the future.
http://musingaboutmud.blogspot.com.au/- I’m sure everyone knows about the wealth of information that Carole Epp publishes on a near daily basis.
http://www.raedunn.com/blog - I only discovered Rae’s work about 6 months ago, via Whitney Smith’s blog. I fallin love with Rae’s work over and over again. Her creations reminded me to embrace the natural colour of clay and to love it for what it is. We also sharea love of sketchbooks.
http://makikohastings.blogspot.com.au/- I found sweet Maki’s blog last year, just as she lost her mentor, David Constantine White. Reading of their relationship and the heartbreak she experienced in losing him has made a lasting impression on me. I am truly indebted to the potters in my life that teach, support and encourage me, I can’t begin to imagine how Maki dealt with David’s passing. It has been a joy to watch her follow his wisdom and followher creativity, working in David’s memory.
http://sixhundreddegrees.blogspot.com.au– Established Melbourne based potter Sophie Milne is another big creative muse for me…every time I visit Melbourne I make a point of visiting galleries to drool over her work.
http://whitneys-pottery.blogspot.com.au/-Whitney’s blog is funny, witty and often oh-so candid, I can’t click quickly enough when she publishes a new post. Her stories remind me to keep my eyes wide open in this strange world of creative business.
http://bigoceanblue.blogspot.com.au/- A new-to-me potter, found via the wonder of Pinterest – Linda Fahey’s work fills my head with memories of growing up on a tiny windswept island.
MC; Best piece of advice you have been given about your practice?
KM; Just do it!
MC; What would be YOUR advice to someone just beginning their practice?KM; Take the time to truly prepare your work before presenting it to the general public. I spent months working towards my first market appearance and I am so glad that I did. I was absolutely proud of my collection and presentation. If you want the world to pay attention to your work, it is your responsibility to show them that you are worthy. Start a blog, open a Facebook page, launch a website (yes, YES, it IS worth the money), maintain a consistent online presence and work hard to sustain a creative/business balance!
Also; find a mentor.Someone you respect and admire. Pester them, offer them free labour, bake them cakes, buy them coffee and learn as MUCH as you can from them. My teacher from college, MichaelaKloeckner is now my good friend and mentor – her support and advice is invaluable AND her work is super inspiring!
PortHacking Potters 47th National Competition in the Open Wheel Thrown Section-Judged by Greg Daly
Kathryn is a regular contributor to Mud Colony with her blog- 'Katy in the Clouds'