How cute is Emily? We met recently in an Alt Summit class, and blog-girl bonded over our recent starts in this world. I’m so very intrigued by her motivation and her lovely finds over at her blog, and her ceramics are seriously precious. I’d also love a household full of those cups! Thanks for sharing your space Emily.
My name is Emily Reinhardt, and i’m a ceramic artist, etsy shop owner, and blogger currently residing in Manhattan, Kansas. I have a BFA in ceramics from Kansas State University and have been both a gallery attendant and studio assistant to multiple artists. During the day I’m serving tables at my favorite local bar & deli, Rock-a-Belly, and at night you can find me working away in my ‘borrowed’ studio or scouring the web for inspiration. There is nothing better than sipping a cup of hot tea on a rainy day. It always makes me feel like I’m in Paris.
Where do you go to find inspiration?
I have two main work spaces, my desk and my studio. I love my desk because i’ve had the time to create a space that I love to work in, stay inspired in and feel at home in. I’ve been a renter for the last 7 years so finding a space I can turn into my home is very important to me. I love my desk because it belonged to my great grandmother- its the only meaningful piece of furniture I have! This is where all of my blogging and scheming takes place. I can spend hours at this desk, it makes work feel really good.
Other than my desk, the studio I’m borrowing is conveniently located at the same house my boyfriend lives in! I find inspiration for my work all over the place, but most certainly I love to find inspiration while admiring another person’s living space. A lot of times when I see a photograph of an interior space, my eye goes directly to some specific object, something I like. I’m good at noticing the little details and picking something out that catches my eye. I just love stuff! I love seeing the objects that people choose to surround themselves with in their homes. Most often its a piece that represents something special to them, but it can also just simply be something they like. That is what feels so good about making objects by hand; when a piece I’ve made speaks to another person’s individual style.
What gets you jazzed?
The handmade, well designed and functional object. that is how I fell in love with pottery, I love that an everyday object can be beautiful too. I want to surround my daily life with handmade, and well designed objects. I love my home most of all, and the objects that surround me and add a feeling to my space are just as important as the space itself.
Tell us a little about this project and how it was inspired:
I love these cups. they remind me of the small little juice cups that I used as a kid. I found the original cup at the bar & deli I work at, and made a mould, then I’m able to caste multiple cups from this one plaster mould. I want to have a cupboard full of only handmade dishes, cups, plates, bowls, everything. There is something so comforting and heartfelt in using everyday objects that have been thought-out and made by hand.The heart boxes have really caught me by surprise. I’m not usually a big fan of hearts and ‘cutesy’ shapes, but these tiny heart shaped boxes in a bright, glossy red have me wanting to take a new direction with the style of some of my ceramic pieces. These would make the perfect gift for a friend or something to keep your favorite pair of earrings in. Keep an eye out for these to be listed in the shop!
If you could give one tip to the rest of us, what would that be?
Believe in yourself no matter what. The past year has been extremely big for me, and in the very beginning, when this dream of mine was just a teeny seed of a dream, I used to doubt that I could ever write a blog that I was proud of, or ever make a sale on Etsy. And then the harder I worked at my dreams, the quicker my doubts vanished, and…i’ve done it! I’ve made seven sales on Etsy and I’m extremely proud at how far my blog has come. No matter how scary or how crazy your goals might seem, just believe in yourself, because you really can accomplish great things when you believe you can do it.