What makes you stand out in the maker community?
I think that I'm different because I have a strong social element to my work. Not only do I run a low-waste studio and am conscious about the objects I'm bringing into the world, but I want to help other makers too. By giving classes and offering affordable studio time to artists, I offer people access to a media they might not have considered making their passion. And I bring that to the wider community too though Berlin Kreativ Kollektiv, doing the hard work it takes to make Berlin a more welcoming city to other makers too.
Tell us about your work and the projects you are currently working on.
I just finished up a collection that I call the Kosmo Kollektion. I got hooked on retro sci fi novels, so I decided to make a series based on the futurist movement of the 1960s. The colors and forms call back to those previous trends, however being very particular in my choices, I think they fit nicely into a modern home too, and tell their story along the way. Next up, I have been experimenting with larger pieces. I want to make a series of glaze-free terra cotta planters, vases, and fermentation pots. In a somewhat reaction to the colorful sleekness of my current collection, I want to celebrate the beauty of pure terra cotta pottery for this next one.
Who is your favorite contemporary artist or maker?
Lately I've been obsessed with Laurence Leenaert, the artist who founded LRNCE. Not only are her ceramics absolutely stunning and unique, but she also finds a way to work seamlessly across media to creative a cohesive brand that has a lot to say.
What inspired you to become a maker?
I can't remember I time that I haven't been a maker. However, I do so vividly remember my university professor putting words to my "why". Makers create the world, quite literally. The objects around us influence us so quietly, but acutely. I've always wanted to leave a lasting impression on this world, to do something that actually makes a difference for the better. Teaching and creating positive goods are the two ways I've found that possible.