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This week on the blog, we are catching up with the wonderful Carrie of O-M Ceramic. With a background in graphic design, a studio based in Highland Park, AND having travel adventures all over the world- the inspiration seems endless- and seamlessly translates to her beautiful work. We had so much fun hanging out with Carrie and her little pup, and we were able to try throwing on the wheel (spoiler alert: They came out very abstract .. and that was not intentional). Meet Carrie!
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.
C: I have been exploring my passion in creative field for a while, I am a ceramist, graphic designer/art director; I also like painting and cooking.
In what ways does inspiration find you and play through your work?
C: I get inspiration from surroundings, landscapes, nature, and people. it’s interesting to look into their details and color palettes; observing gives me a lot of ideas to apply to my work, from form, structure, function to color and pattern.
What's your favorite album currently?
C: Feeling pretty chill while listening to Yours Conditionally by Tennis.
Growing up in Hong Kong, do you see any similarities between the city and LA?
C: I love these 2 incredible cities- nice weather, beautiful nature and delicious food; they are creative, dynamic and inspiring. there is a playful mix of cultures, which inspire the blending of modern and heritage, both of which interest me a lot.
Handmade items can walk such a fine line of perfection and a bit of wabi sabi ("imperfect,
impermanent, and incomplete."), what do you strive for with your own handmade work?
C: Perfection! It takes me some time to balance between that actually. When I started learning to accept that handmade works are one-of-a-kind I began to see the beauty in the imperfections that were no longer imperfections, but a mark made in that moment. I find that these moments of individuality, that may have strayed from perfection, make handmade work and culture so unique and inspiring. The beauty in the moment is captured in each piece.
Where could we find you in LA, on a day away from work and responsibilities?
C: I love hiking / going to beach / or going to a picnic at a park with friends and my dog, bowl. (yes,
like the things you eat out of.)
With a background in graphic design, how did translating traditional 2D design into more 3
dimensional forms feel? What is the best part of this process for you?
C: There is a similar conceptual process in the beginning but quite a different working process; For 2D design, there is a lot of room for me to go back editing during the creative process. I can always apply different colors, design details and make changes easily with computer work, and finalizing everything before releasing the assets; however in making ceramics, there are few processes involved, for instance, throwing, trimming, coloring, and firing. Its better to pay attention to each process to be sure they are good for the next. The best part of the process is playing with clay, creating a piece from sketch to an object. It makes me feel like I’m a kid again.
If your life was a series of color, what would it look like?
C: Black and white, with a lot of different shades of pink!
What is something you're still learning about life?
C: Mindfulness and patience.
What do you want someone to experience when holding one of your objects in their hands?
C: I am hoping when people hold my objects, they see and feel happiness , but if that’s asking too much, I’d be happy if they simply enjoy their day a little bit more because of my object.
Photos by Marielle Chua