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Featured Seller: Clam Lab

May 18, 2011

by clamlab

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Tell us about yourself.
I am Clair Catillaz. I live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in a janky apartment with my dear friends. We brew beer and have a pretty solid fire escape garden. I founded Clam Lab about two years ago after years of making and teaching pottery. It’s a work in progress — a luxurious evolution.

Apart from creating, what do you do?
My siblings love to tease me for being a Brooklyn stereotype, but I think they’re just jealous of my awesome lifestyle. I’m into cooking and researching the scientific secrets behind glaze and food and plants and beer. I just joined a mushroom club and I’m pretty psyched about that. Generally I’m trying to learn, breathe, and become a good witch.

What would be the title of your memoir?
Something witty and dashing, but I hope that by the time I am distinguished enough to write a memoir, I will be humble enough to leave it unpublished.

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Where does your inspiration come from?
The best thing is a relaxed dinner party in the summer — there’s nothing like a room full of music and laughter and a stack of beautiful, mismatched plates ready for dessert. There is a subtle joy that is visible in the patina of use. I try to make things that are inviting, satisfying and alive.

What does handmade mean to you?
Human spirit and (hopefully) grace.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
My mother and I took our first pottery class together when I was twelve, and I’ve had my hands in clay ever since. I’m deeply grateful for her support, even through my famously impossible teenage years. I’m still trying to convince her that she doesn’t have to keep every pot I’ve ever made.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I am fortunate enough to have parents who believed I was an artist well before they had any solid proof. Like both of them, I enjoy having busy hands.

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How would you describe your creative process?
When distracted, I doodle shapes in the margins of my to-do lists. I conceptualize the forms I like, and trust my hands to make them real. Muscle memory is really an amazing thing, and clay is an incredible medium. Anyone who works in clay knows about letting go. So much can go wrong. Pots break, kilns misfire — it’s foolish to be attached to a fixed outcome. The only survival strategy is to be in love with the process. I make products, but my real work is the practice.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
It’s a tie between my mid-century ceramics heroes, Russel Wright and Edith Heath. And by “peek,” I hope you mean snoop.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
Hard to pick just one, but I recently discovered a medicine pouch that my mom made for me during her Sacagawea phase of the early ’90s. I remember helping her pick out the deerskin and beads. It’s perfectly fringed and sized for a bottle of magic potion.

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How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I usually have more ideas than time, but I’ve found that the best way to keep the juices flowing is to keep moving. Production can be boring and repetitive or it can be incredibly cathartic. Some days it’s nice to simply pump up the jams and bang out 50 cups. I also have an amazing studio space that I share with about 15 other ceramicists; it’s really important to have a community. It’s hard to be an island.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
Living the dream on a bit of land with beautiful soil, with regular excuse for celebration.

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304 comments

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 5 years ago

    Congrats Clair! Beautiful work. Wishing you continued success!

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 5 years ago

    Such amazing works of useable art. Congratulations on your success and as an Etsy featured seller!

  • trulyenchanted

    trulyenchanted said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured! Your pots are so lovely and sensual--and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about all the little things that inspire you. Best of luck!

  • LucillesAttic

    LucillesAttic said 5 years ago

    I love your items! They are so simple and beautiful! Congrats on the feature=)

  • HouseOnClintonAve

    HouseOnClintonAve said 5 years ago

    Congrats! I especially love your teapot! What a cute piece!

  • funktionslust

    funktionslust said 5 years ago

    Love the natural irregular shape of the cactus pots =) Wonderful talent, hearty congratulations for your success!

  • BarnofColors

    BarnofColors said 5 years ago

    I really love your style! the items are so simple yest rich! Great job!

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 5 years ago

    Lovely stuff! Congratulations on the feature! I really think that the in-love-with-the-process mindset has to hold true for just about any art; while you can be generally pleased with the outcome, it'll rarely be exactly as you first envisioned it. You have to learn to love it (nearly) each step of the way, gradually advance with it. But don't leave the original image behind; who knows, it may turn into something real later!

  • JamesSkilesArt

    JamesSkilesArt said 5 years ago

    I too am in love with the process. It might not always be clay, but also with painting and drawing. Congratulations on being a featured seller!

  • LunasaDesigns

    LunasaDesigns said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!! You make me want to dig out all my ceramic tools and clay!

  • LetterChef

    LetterChef said 5 years ago

    I took a ceramics class in college and loved it. I really like all your different designs. Congrats.

  • joyscottglass

    joyscottglass said 5 years ago

    I also work with a kiln and I know the unreliability of firing, I've lost many pieces. Keep up the good work Joy

  • AntwarePottery

    AntwarePottery said 5 years ago

    Very nice & elegant work.

  • dgordon

    dgordon said 5 years ago

    That was the best interview I have EVER read in here!

  • dgordon

    dgordon said 5 years ago

    That was the best interview I have EVER read in here!

  • OverstockDeals

    OverstockDeals said 5 years ago

    excellent point about letting go when things explode :)

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 5 years ago

    Quite beautiful!

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 5 years ago

    What beautiful pottery!! Love your shop

  • lizcrainceramics

    lizcrainceramics said 5 years ago

    LOVE your work! And LOVE your words. You are thrillingly quotable. The science of clay/ceramics is quite compelling. And watch out, because once you start fermenting things, it's hard to stop. Ask my homebrewing hubby.) Clay, beer, mushrooms, friends, a nice life and thanks for sharing it.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, I really like your glaze colours especially the 'mirror' type finishes. I've never been a fan of matt glazes myself!

  • corduroy

    corduroy said 5 years ago

    Yay, Clair and her work ROCK!

  • RiverStation

    RiverStation said 5 years ago

    What a refreshing, honest and down to earth interview...If I didn't live so far away I would want to be your bff :) LOVE your work!

  • StudioDevinat

    StudioDevinat said 5 years ago

    Wow, really beautiful & subtle work. Congrats on the interview & wishing you much success!

  • quirkyshop

    quirkyshop said 5 years ago

    great!!!!

  • sincerelyYOU

    sincerelyYOU said 5 years ago

    { congratulations! } Your work is beautiful! The 'bartlett teapot' is my favorite. Stunning design. I cannot wait for summer parties in the backyard, too! :D Enjoy being featured!

  • ModernVintageDesigns

    ModernVintageDesigns said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 5 years ago

    The shape of your teapots is very interesting, minimal, and lovely. There's something about the medium of clay, likely the sheer amount of work and costs, that has potters and ceramic artists working together and sharing space...more so than other mediums. I used to be a member of a co-operative studio that was mainly potters, it was a great community.

  • onegarnetgirl

    onegarnetgirl said 5 years ago

    Fantastic feature, I LOVE your shop and you look so fresh and beautiful sitting there :)

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 5 years ago

    Truly amazing work and photos! I hope you appreciate and thank your mom all the time for taking you to that first pottery class. Thanks for the article and congrats to you!

  • RareDesign

    RareDesign said 5 years ago

    Great shop! Congrats!

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 5 years ago

    awesome custom Dutch oven piece! I am lucky to live just a hop skip and a jump from the Heath studio in Sausalito CA. Congratulations on the featured seller!

  • 1978daniela

    1978daniela said 5 years ago

    beautiful work... congrats on the feature...

  • TheHauntedHollowTree

    TheHauntedHollowTree said 5 years ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this feature. Beautiful work!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Wow! Just beautiful! Congrats on the FS!!!

  • islandgirlpottery

    islandgirlpottery said 5 years ago

    Great feature. Congrats!!

  • LiltingWinds

    LiltingWinds said 5 years ago

    Simply Beautiful.

  • LiltingWinds

    LiltingWinds said 5 years ago

    Simply Beautiful.

  • SweetTranquilJewelry

    SweetTranquilJewelry said 5 years ago

    Beautiful ! Congrats on being the featured seller.

  • kookubug

    kookubug said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and elegant! Congrats!

  • RootToSky

    RootToSky said 5 years ago

    All of your items have such a presence about them- so beautiful! Much continued success to you!

  • dorothydomingo

    dorothydomingo said 5 years ago

    What a charming personality to go with such lovely work! Congrats!

  • SeptemberHouse

    SeptemberHouse said 5 years ago

    What a delightful interview and what a stunning shop. Consider me inspired :)

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman said 5 years ago

    I laughed when I read that you are "trying to be....a good witch" lol. Very nice pottery! Good luck with your shop!

  • Seymour

    Seymour said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, and such an inspiring general outlook on life. Love it.

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 5 years ago

    Love the teapots! Simple and beautiful designs. Congrats!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    i have so much respect for those who have mastered the potters wheel. i took a pottery class and found it most difficult.

  • MichikoShimada

    MichikoShimada said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Clair!! awesome interview and your works look great!!

  • andTHITHERwas

    andTHITHERwas said 5 years ago

    Have to smile when I see those teapots!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    Beautiful pottery! Great that you kept with the pottery skill from your teenage years! Continue your great work! All the best!

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 5 years ago

    Congrats on being featured! Clam Lab? Because some of your pieces have a top and a bottom? Good luck with your endeavor. Gary

  • anthologyorganic

    anthologyorganic said 5 years ago

    what a great story - and pottery! that Bartlett teapot is hottt! :) best wishes :)

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 5 years ago

    Such beautiful ceramics. Clean, simple, modern, and practical. The teapot design is stunning. Congrats...your work is gorgeous, Clair. My husband and I throw pots once a week for fun. We just finished 2 covered casseroles. They take some doing. :-)

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 5 years ago

    Your teapots are so beautiful! All of the lovely ceramics I've been seeing lately really make me want to play with clay again. Congratulations on being a featured seller!

  • DaHukaHouse

    DaHukaHouse said 5 years ago

    Love your work. Really beautiful.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Nice works. Congrats on the feature. :)

  • DARKLUXvintage

    DARKLUXvintage said 5 years ago

    you have such a beautiful shop! I saw your feature on the makers project and fell in love with your work. can't wait to see more from you!

  • CathyMcMurray

    CathyMcMurray said 5 years ago

    So great to see you featured! Your work is beautiful, and I've been coveting that mirror mug for a while now ; )

  • reiter8

    reiter8 said 5 years ago

    Clair, you have a lovely way and spirit about you which i believe gets translated into your work - just wonderful. Wishing you all the success along with many, many relaxed dinner parties this summer.

  • mclementi

    mclementi said 5 years ago

    2 words: medicine. pouch. I heart you, Clam!

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts said 5 years ago

    Love your little teapots! Great feature!

  • Pinkpjs

    Pinkpjs said 5 years ago

    Really beautiful, fluid designs!

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 5 years ago

    Beautiful designs! Continued success and happiness to you!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 5 years ago

    Your busy hands have produced some gorgeous and elegant work...best wishes for continued joy and success as a mud-master!!

  • SewardsCuriosities

    SewardsCuriosities said 5 years ago

    Simple and clean designs. I would love this pottery in my kitchen!

  • SewardsCuriosities

    SewardsCuriosities said 5 years ago

    Simple and clean designs. I would love this pottery in my kitchen!

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, love your shop, congrats on being featured!

  • modernbird

    modernbird said 5 years ago

    Wonderful work ! I loved reading about you....this line especially moved me ~ "I make products, but my real work is the practice." wishing you all the best, Laura

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 5 years ago

    Love you work! SO gorgeous!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    love your shop!

  • jibbyandjuna

    jibbyandjuna said 5 years ago

    I love the gorgeous, clean lines of your designs! Thrilled to see your featured here, Clair. Best wishes for continued success!

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc said 5 years ago

    I like your work, but I love your approach to live. That's what really matters at the end. I was impressed when you say that 'Something witty and dashing, but I hope that by the time I am distinguished enough to write a memoir, I will be humble enough to leave it unpublished.' That is so refreshing, so wise and down to earth. That's what I am taking from this interview. Thank you and all the best! Adriana

  • AllUnwound

    AllUnwound said 5 years ago

    Great shapes to your pottery! Great advice too, loving the process. That's key.

  • renegadeperceptions

    renegadeperceptions said 5 years ago

    This was just so nice to read. I love your work!

  • yiayia44

    yiayia44 said 5 years ago

    Good interview, and very thought-provoking. Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself! (And your designs are awesome!)

  • EclecticHome

    EclecticHome said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and fresh works!

  • dondalees

    dondalees said 5 years ago

    Your pottery is fabulous! Way to go!

  • shopbobbi

    shopbobbi said 5 years ago

    lovely!

  • rinnyc

    rinnyc said 5 years ago

    Goodness Claire! Your items are a perfect beauty! Your pottery is so artistic. You are an artist in pottery!

  • rinnyc

    rinnyc said 5 years ago

    Goodness Claire! Your items are a perfect beauty! Your pottery is so artistic. You are an artist in pottery!

  • mycherrytree

    mycherrytree said 5 years ago

    beautiful art work!!I love it

  • stringofblue

    stringofblue said 5 years ago

    this is by far one of the most inspiring featured seller interviews. love this quote: "The only survival strategy is to be in love with the process."

  • verdigreen

    verdigreen said 5 years ago

    my fave interview thus far. real. we are kindred spirits! so happy to see you highlighted here!

  • thecareerscrapper

    thecareerscrapper said 5 years ago

    congrats and great shop!!!

  • teddmcdonah

    teddmcdonah said 5 years ago

    Succinct, humble, truthful, beautiful. Great interview. The Bartlett Teapot and Dutch Oven are my fav's. And the Mini bowl set. Congratulations! Good work.

  • kathyscraftroom55

    kathyscraftroom55 said 5 years ago

    Love your work!! I will add you to my favorites, for sure. :o)

  • okapiknits

    okapiknits said 5 years ago

    Beautiful works. Congrats on the feature. :)

  • glusk

    glusk said 5 years ago

    Those teapots make me want a cup of tea! Lovely.

  • SilviaEngel

    SilviaEngel said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature... amazing work !!

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou said 5 years ago

    beautiful interview and amazing work!

  • adornablevintage

    adornablevintage said 5 years ago

    love your sense of humor! best of luck!

  • whatkatyhad

    whatkatyhad said 5 years ago

    I say put that humility aside and get sketching out that memoir between clay-times - you have a lovely turn of phrase, and, it sounds like, a genuinely interesting and delightful existence! Your pieces exude the kind of happiness that you only get when passionate people put themselves into their work! Definitely straight to my favourites :)

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden said 5 years ago

    So much truth in your words - love the interview and the shop! Thank you for sharing.

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd said 5 years ago

    congrats! beautiful work!

  • AdornmentsNYC

    AdornmentsNYC said 5 years ago

    great interview and beautiful beautiful work!

  • MidwestAlchemy

    MidwestAlchemy said 5 years ago

    Fantastic read...best of luck!

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 5 years ago

    A very honest and inspiring read. You seem so at one with what you do... I agree with your sentiments on process. Congratulations on being featured!

  • CrabappleVintage

    CrabappleVintage said 5 years ago

    Great interview and beautiful work!

  • basilhill

    basilhill said 5 years ago

    I love your style. Beautiful and classy, simple and pure.

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 5 years ago

    This was a great read. You have a terrific outlook on life. I have not read many featured seller comments that I would like to quote myself but what you said about not being attached to the fixed outcome and loving the process could not be more true. Congratulations on your success!

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 5 years ago

    Your pottery is B e a u t i f u l. So nice to see you featured and learn a little more about you and your work.

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 5 years ago

    Sorry if this sounds shallow, but I think you are a beautiful woman, I just love the gap between your teeth. Your teapots, oh my. Want them all on a wall of my house.

  • nenafaye

    nenafaye said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, and congrat's on being the featured artist!

  • nenafaye

    nenafaye said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, and congrat's on being the featured artist!

  • MarmaladeHome

    MarmaladeHome said 5 years ago

    I love your work and cannot wait to collect more of it. Congratulations, Clair!

  • DavisMain

    DavisMain said 5 years ago

    It's hard not to salivate over your Dutch Oven and Berry Bowl, awesome work. Congrats on being featured, very well deserved!

  • BeaHustoft

    BeaHustoft said 5 years ago

    What a great read! And your work is beautiful...doing simple well can be the hardest thing :) Congrats, and continued success to you!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    your pieces are absolutely amazing. i dabble in clay and you have inspired me to take it more seriously! thanks!!!

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 5 years ago

    such charming pieces - mini works of art! i especially like the berry bowl! congrats!

  • whimsyluv

    whimsyluv said 5 years ago

    what beautiful pieces!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 5 years ago

    Love the little tea pots! - kawaii! -Rozzie

  • MorganNichole

    MorganNichole said 5 years ago

    Love your work!

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 5 years ago

    You look so happy in your picture. :) Lovely works of art you make!!

  • fivesisters

    fivesisters said 5 years ago

    this might be my favorite article yet!! congrats! lovely shop!

  • andrea0503

    andrea0503 said 5 years ago

    A beautiful shop with beautiful items! Congratulations, you really deserve it ;)

  • chalkoholics

    chalkoholics said 5 years ago

    Great feature congrats!

  • CuffandCollar

    CuffandCollar said 5 years ago

    Love your work. Congratulations!

  • MeandTex

    MeandTex said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, elegant ceramics!

  • beatyboutique

    beatyboutique said 5 years ago

    I love your artist profile pic, congrats!

  • outofline

    outofline said 5 years ago

    Clever and gorgeous work, congrats!

  • northcountryglass

    northcountryglass said 5 years ago

    I very much enjoyed reading this. I loved what you had to say about letting go and enjoying the process of creating.

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 5 years ago

    Your work is so beautiful and elegant! Been fermenting tea for some time now, beer is next ;) So true, really do feel most in the moment when making things.

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 5 years ago

    Inspiring interview, beautiful pottery!! Much continued success!!!

  • TheVinylChalkboard

    TheVinylChalkboard said 5 years ago

    What a great feature piece! I love all things pottery, and your shop is wonderful!

  • mysticrafts

    mysticrafts said 5 years ago

    Congrats love the article:-)

  • GoldhawkPotteryEtc

    GoldhawkPotteryEtc said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, and fun to read! I love what you said about having to let go when you work with clay. So much of what we produce is a surprise and you hope for the best. Thanks for the reassurance!

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 5 years ago

    beautiful work

  • bebechat

    bebechat said 5 years ago

    beautiful shop!

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much Claire for sharing your story with us. You are a true artist and my favorite bowl you made was the oatmeal bowl. How nice!!! Good luck to you!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 5 years ago

    Love the pieces ! Very simple but interesting .

  • outlier1975

    outlier1975 said 5 years ago

    One of the best "featured artist" interviews I've read in a long time! Congratulations! Beautfiul work.

  • outlier1975

    outlier1975 said 5 years ago

    One of the best "featured artist" interviews I've read in a long time! Congratulations! Beautiful work.

  • northbirdsong

    northbirdsong said 5 years ago

    It sounds like you have a lot of fun in your process! I wish I had gone further with my ceramics - my class in high school oh so many millenniums ago unfortunately was the end of it! Good luck to you!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 5 years ago

    love the blate. ...guessin' plowl was too hard to say. best wishes.

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 5 years ago

    loved reading this and your work is so beautiful ~ had to take a deep breath after clicking over to your shop!! congrats :)

  • singleBbeautiful

    singleBbeautiful said 5 years ago

    Loooooove those tiny teapots. So awesome. Congrats and good luck!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 5 years ago

    Lovely Works!!!! Great Article!!!

  • DoxalloStudio

    DoxalloStudio said 5 years ago

    Love your work - so understated and graceful - has a very calming feel.

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques said 5 years ago

    congrats on the feature, your work is wonderful.

  • JulieNolan

    JulieNolan said 5 years ago

    Congratulations Clair! Your work is beautiful.

  • masonke

    masonke said 5 years ago

    Your tea pots have personality, almost as if they have something to say!

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 5 years ago

    L❤VE.

  • AfternoonOfCarnival

    AfternoonOfCarnival said 5 years ago

    I really love your works! so simple, so novel, so beautiful :::

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 5 years ago

    Lovely, lovely story and shop! Congrats on the feature! Here's to many years of continued bliss! Your personality shines through!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    Lovely shop and you sound lovely too! I am also still trying to convince my mom that she doesn't have to keep everything I've ever made. Moms are wonderful that way.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    Your feature is very insightful. What you say about letting go is interesting. Life is a lot like that. Beautiful forms.

  • jascamille

    jascamille said 5 years ago

    This article was delightful to read! I hope to try *clay* myself someday soon ~ Yay! Can't wait for that day!

  • freshpikd4u

    freshpikd4u said 5 years ago

    Great article! Love the teapots!!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 5 years ago

    Your Bartlett Teapot has so much personality! It looks like it could burst into song at any moment! Congrats on the feature and best wishes for your continued success.

  • GardenDaisies

    GardenDaisies said 5 years ago

    Wonderful story! Congratulations on the feature - your items are beautiful, and I love that you brew beer and have a fire escape garden along with your handmade life :)

  • bjpoodle

    bjpoodle said 5 years ago

    Very interesting interview and enjoyed viewing your work. Much success to you.

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 5 years ago

    Beautiful bowls and tea pots. The Bartlett teapot is definitely a favorite.

  • MiamiSun

    MiamiSun said 5 years ago

    When can be have tea at YOUR place? :) Love your designs!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature Clair! Lovely pottery.

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 5 years ago

    Pretty. I always wanted to try clay and maybe I still will someday. Inspiring. But forget the witch part. Be blessed.

  • kikihuston

    kikihuston said 5 years ago

    I am a big fan of your work and have purchased in the past. After reading this interview, I love your work even more...! I like the way you think!

  • LidiDesign

    LidiDesign said 5 years ago

    Simply and beautiful items! Love your works! Wishing you much success!

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 5 years ago

    Beautiful shop, your story is inspiring

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful story and shop.

  • BigSkyeClover

    BigSkyeClover said 5 years ago

    I LOVE CLAMLAB! and I cherish the pieces I have scattered around the house. Such beautiful work, each piece with its own personality... my favs list is long =) Congratulations Clair!

  • ambersheartart

    ambersheartart said 5 years ago

    Great work!!! Congrats on the feature. I love the earthen-inspired look of everything, well, I guess it is all made from clay :)

  • DianasArtQuilts

    DianasArtQuilts said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature article. I enjoyed reading your interview. Your art is beautiful.

  • Thesel

    Thesel said 5 years ago

    beautiful ! love your teapots! :)

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 5 years ago

    Very interesting! ~KK~

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 5 years ago

    That was so relaxing to read. Seriously, nothing better than a glass of wine and reading a good Featured Seller interview :) I'm so happy for you! I love your work and wish you the best! Congrats! ~Angie~

  • junrylgems

    junrylgems said 5 years ago

    These is what we call ART, truly amazing! Congratulations! God bless

  • AdrienArt

    AdrienArt said 5 years ago

    Rock on clay sister!

  • dobleele

    dobleele said 5 years ago

    Love your work! :)

  • kimbeesdesigns

    kimbeesdesigns said 5 years ago

    wonderful work! Congrats!

  • montanagirl

    montanagirl said 5 years ago

    The teapots are great. They remind me of some of my mid-century favorites from Zeisel and Wright.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 5 years ago

    Fukin' cute ass fukin' teapot! fuk!

  • WickedClayGirl

    WickedClayGirl said 5 years ago

    So many beautiful things, Congrats!

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 5 years ago

    Very beautiful-the teapots are what clay dreams are made of!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 5 years ago

    wonderful story - you are very talented - congratulations :-)

  • Kokolele

    Kokolele said 5 years ago

    ~~ Beautiful ~ ♥

  • SovereignHeartDesign

    SovereignHeartDesign said 5 years ago

    I honor the light within you that is the same within me <3 You're work is incredible. <3<3

  • ReinventionbyAngelaB

    ReinventionbyAngelaB said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! I love your ten year goal.

  • SPAZIOVINTAGEITALY

    SPAZIOVINTAGEITALY said 5 years ago

    So beautiful!!!

  • SPAZIOVINTAGEITALY

    SPAZIOVINTAGEITALY said 5 years ago

    So beautiful!!!

  • KoideStudio

    KoideStudio said 5 years ago

    Your work is absolutely amazing!! Yes, I totally agree with you. "Let go, and no attachment".

  • Tanith

    Tanith said 5 years ago

    Fun article to read! Gorgeous pottery!

  • TheIndianPaperForest

    TheIndianPaperForest said 5 years ago

    Claire, congrats! What a lovely read, love your casual self-effacing wit and your breezy outlook - pure sunshine. Your work is beautiful - my fave is the Bartlett with its nosey spout; quite a character. Wishing you all you aspire to, Suzanne

  • MagpieWorkshop

    MagpieWorkshop said 5 years ago

    Love the teapots.

  • imtallru2

    imtallru2 said 5 years ago

    super great interview...you have great insight. very inspiring!

  • AiClay

    AiClay said 5 years ago

    i love the way your answered the questions! congrats! :)

  • LittleBlueMoon

    LittleBlueMoon said 5 years ago

    I love ceramics though I have not yet tried making any. I can pick up a pretty bowl and stare at it for a long time until my family hints to move away to somewhere else... nice works!

  • lalalandArt

    lalalandArt said 5 years ago

    Your creations are stunning! Love the simple and elegant design... congratulations on being featured!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 5 years ago

    I love the imperfect ones with plants!

  • gericon1

    gericon1 said 5 years ago

    wow, you are amazingly talented, well done

  • dementedsnowflake

    dementedsnowflake said 5 years ago

    I love your bowls, they are beautiful. My mum used to play with clay, I remember when I was a kid I used to sit on the floor of her little studio and play with the scraps of clay while she would whip up a new bowl or vase on her wheel. Clay is fun and you obviously are very passionate about your craft!!

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker said 5 years ago

    What a great interview. I especially love this quote- " it's foolish to be attached to a fixed outcome. The only survival strategy is to be in love with the process. I make products, but my real work is the practice." Something we can all live by. Thank you.

  • JudyBFreeman

    JudyBFreeman said 5 years ago

    This was a wonderful interview... one of the truest ones that I've read in a long time. Had me nodding and smiling. Live the good life & keep making great pots!

  • Samanthasporcelain

    Samanthasporcelain said 5 years ago

    Makes me want to take a pottery class! Beautiful spirit and it shows in the pieces.

  • Clayshapes

    Clayshapes said 5 years ago

    Great feature. I went to your shop to look around after reading this, and found my favorite item description, EVER: "Beautifully asymmetrical, probably alive." I think that's how we all feel about our creations! Congrats on the feature.

  • francybetti

    francybetti said 5 years ago

    LOVE IT

  • unemployeddesigner

    unemployeddesigner said 5 years ago

    Congrats on your feature--I had just added your dutch oven to my favorites a day or so ago, then clicked around, and finally had to add the whole shop. I initially was inspired to want some of your pieces, but after reading your interview, I'm now also inspired to take a pottery class with my daughter….

  • unemployeddesigner

    unemployeddesigner said 5 years ago

    Congrats on your feature--I had just added your dutch oven to my favorites a day or so ago, then clicked around, and finally had to add the whole shop. I initially was inspired to want some of your pieces, but after reading your interview, I'm now also inspired to take a pottery class with my daughter….

  • horizonshine

    horizonshine said 5 years ago

    really gorgeous

  • Sweethoots

    Sweethoots said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Great Work!

  • postofficevintage

    postofficevintage said 5 years ago

    Your comment about your parents knowing you were an artist before they had solid proff made me laugh out loud , thankyou for that ! I love grow your own too :-) great interview , loved it . :-)

  • PoppyTogs

    PoppyTogs said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!! I loved reading your story :O)

  • JustPeachyPaintings

    JustPeachyPaintings said 5 years ago

    Great talent you have!

  • IngredientsOfaWoman

    IngredientsOfaWoman said 5 years ago

    I like your personality, you are cool! Beautiful creations :-D Alba Olaya

  • JustPeachyPaintings

    JustPeachyPaintings said 5 years ago

    Great talent you have!

  • JustPeachyPaintings

    JustPeachyPaintings said 5 years ago

    Great talent you have!

  • jollyfish

    jollyfish said 5 years ago

    Ah! LOVE your work and your shop!

  • Eccolo

    Eccolo said 5 years ago

    I LOVE your work! Congrats on the feature!

  • Zooguu

    Zooguu said 5 years ago

    Congratulations Clair - it was so nice to see your smiling face on the home page as the featured seller! Very well deserved. You've got amazing work.

  • emandbee

    emandbee said 5 years ago

    This post came at a perfect time. You are very inspiring and your apt sounds awesome! :)

  • YsMo

    YsMo said 5 years ago

    Lovely your artwork!

  • Bunderful

    Bunderful said 5 years ago

    excellent! Plus, I love the name: Bowls of Tomorrow

  • claudine

    claudine said 5 years ago

    Your pottery is gorgeous! Beautiful!

  • tiarasnbows

    tiarasnbows said 5 years ago

    AMAZING WORK!! Congrats!

  • AudPottery

    AudPottery said 5 years ago

    Love to see a potter as the featured seller! Beautiful stuff!

  • SusanStudio

    SusanStudio said 5 years ago

    beautiful work and loved your story.

  • PinesVintageClothing

    PinesVintageClothing said 5 years ago

    such creative designs, her pieces have a wonderful mix of Japanese and Mexican style

  • boutonrougedesigns

    boutonrougedesigns said 5 years ago

    Your work brings me joy. Ever since I read the description of your teapod and saw the word "alive" I was sold. I have been pining over it for years. Nice to see a glimpse of the person behind the art. Please keep on creating.

  • PamplemousseAndBean

    PamplemousseAndBean said 5 years ago

    You speak and work beautifully.

  • cottagesigns

    cottagesigns said 5 years ago

    Very Beautiful Pieces!!!

  • GenevieveSavard

    GenevieveSavard said 5 years ago

    i LOVE your work i saw you on the makers. great interview.

  • congcongdesign

    congcongdesign said 5 years ago

    amazing works.i like your item.

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 5 years ago

    Incredible interview and shop! She is darling. Love her spirit. xx EL Vintage

  • Smadars

    Smadars said 5 years ago

    I love your work :-)

  • genctug

    genctug said 5 years ago

    simply beautiful!

  • silversamba

    silversamba said 5 years ago

    Clair you have a lovely smile! Great read, thanks! Alana

  • HeatherKent

    HeatherKent said 5 years ago

    Great article! I adore ClamLab

  • LittleMissDressUp

    LittleMissDressUp said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring. Along with clay, you have a way with words too!

  • sannipanni

    sannipanni said 5 years ago

    Wow those are beautiful! Love them!! Congrats on your spotlight!

  • gigglestuff

    gigglestuff said 5 years ago

    Super gorgeous work. Thanks for sharing <3

  • ruthiebell

    ruthiebell said 5 years ago

    what on earth is a mushroom club?

  • Porcelainskulls

    Porcelainskulls said 5 years ago

    look at all these awesome posts!!! horray, horray, horray!!

  • bkayeb

    bkayeb said 5 years ago

    you are very witty and well spoken! enjoyed your feature :)

  • CindyTurnerDesigns

    CindyTurnerDesigns said 5 years ago

    Love the article, the picture of Clair and the teapots. Congratulations.

  • challenevi

    challenevi said 5 years ago

    Congrats of the feature! Love your work!! =)

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous.

  • corrnucopia

    corrnucopia said 5 years ago

    Love the clean lines and simple yet so beautiful styling. Love your shop ~ congrats on being featured!

  • carnevaleclay

    carnevaleclay said 5 years ago

    congrats! beautiful work Clair! *love* your work!

  • carnevaleclay

    carnevaleclay said 5 years ago

    congrats! beautiful work Clair! *love* your work!

  • RosaritaBeads

    RosaritaBeads said 5 years ago

    your work is gorgeous! looks SO nice to hold!!

  • reshapestudio

    reshapestudio said 5 years ago

    Woo hoo! Clair, you are my hero!!!

  • BelieveJewelrySupply

    BelieveJewelrySupply said 5 years ago

    Very lovely work! Congrats on being an etsy featured seller! Love what you say about your memoir!!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets said 5 years ago

    Charming interview and gorgeous work! Congratulations!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets said 5 years ago

    Charming interview and gorgeous work! Congratulations!

  • GypsyDreamz

    GypsyDreamz said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, Claire! Congrats! :)

  • ellemoss

    ellemoss said 5 years ago

    love your work!!!

  • CheekyVintageCloset

    CheekyVintageCloset said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, creative work, thanks for the article:)

  • SHOPEMI

    SHOPEMI said 5 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your interview. I love your pots. They are very beautiful and warm. Conratulations!!

  • SHOPEMI

    SHOPEMI said 5 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your interview. I love your pots. They are very beautiful and warm. Conratulations!!

  • SHOPEMI

    SHOPEMI said 5 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your interview. I love your pots. They are very beautiful and warm. Conratulations!!

  • BrisTieDyes

    BrisTieDyes said 5 years ago

    Being "in love with the process" is so true... the outcome is just a bonus! That's how I am with my tiedyes too! Congrats on being featured! I especially love you berry bowls! God's blessings~ Briar

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and Amazing!

  • blessingbeads

    blessingbeads said 5 years ago

    I appreciate your attitude and your obvious joy in what you do. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden said 5 years ago

    Love her work, simple but elegant! Congratulations on being featured!

  • WildflowerGirls

    WildflowerGirls said 5 years ago

    Delicious photography!

  • withlovebyvarda

    withlovebyvarda said 5 years ago

    "It's foolish to be attached to a fixed outcome. The only survival strategy is to be in love with the process. I make products, but my real work is the practice." That line blew me away. I am so inspired by your attitude towards life, in return which reflects your creative life.

  • withlovebyvarda

    withlovebyvarda said 5 years ago

    "It's foolish to be attached to a fixed outcome. The only survival strategy is to be in love with the process. I make products, but my real work is the practice." That line blew me away. I am so inspired by your attitude towards life, in return which reflects your creative life.

  • peezinapod

    peezinapod said 5 years ago

    i loved reading this, you sound so present with your work and very humbled by it.

  • ladyartista

    ladyartista said 5 years ago

    Inspiring words and beautiful art! Thanks for sharing both!

  • littleepottery

    littleepottery said 5 years ago

    Loved reading your interview answers.... I feel much the same way about clay, and life, but could not have put it as simply and beautifully as you did. Congrats!

  • farragio

    farragio said 5 years ago

    Great article and beautiful items. Best wishes on continued success!

  • popkingarb

    popkingarb said 5 years ago

    beautiful items! and congrats on being featured!

  • honeyscolors

    honeyscolors said 5 years ago

    Really beautiful work. Congrats on being featured.

  • feltonthefly

    feltonthefly said 5 years ago

    Oh my gosh, I love the line 'it's foolish to be attached to a fixed outcome'. I so understand that! As a designer, I find that theory is the very best part of the creative process and, in fact, that is what led to my business name. Wonderful interview and I must say, you've got a fabulous smile! Keep up the good work : )

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 5 years ago

    Lovely shop! Congrats on being featured!

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 5 years ago

    Lovely ! Your smile makes me smile and so do your teapots ! The mushroom club makes me wonder though ! Continued success to you Claire x :)

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 5 years ago

    Lovely ! Your smile makes me smile and so do your teapots ! The mushroom club makes me wonder though ! Continued success to you Claire x :)

  • LouisestArt

    LouisestArt said 5 years ago

    Beautiful to read! You rock!

  • pearldelta

    pearldelta said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Love the Bowls!

  • lofficina

    lofficina said 5 years ago

    Wonderful design! You are a very inspirig artist! Thank you for your job!!!!!!!!

  • KimDulaney

    KimDulaney said 5 years ago

    Amazing feature! I love your work and so happy you're on the front page!

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin said 5 years ago

    Congrats. Lovely wares.

  • Linohandmade

    Linohandmade said 5 years ago

    Great article, congrats!

  • porcelainlegend

    porcelainlegend said 5 years ago

    very clean, nature clay artworks.

  • CHenry

    CHenry said 5 years ago

    I love the simple, clean lines of your work. Fell in love with your stylized mortar and pestle !!! Thanks for sharing your story and congrats on being a featured seller.

  • shopthinkingofU

    shopthinkingofU said 5 years ago

    i am so into clay. ^__^

  • SarenaMiller

    SarenaMiller said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! I share your love of clay, there is nothing quite like it....Best success to you! :D

  • SarenaMiller

    SarenaMiller said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! I share your love of clay, there is nothing quite like it....Best success to you! :D

  • LAFSfineArt

    LAFSfineArt said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! I especially love your artist soul!

  • sophiemomo

    sophiemomo said 5 years ago

    Lovely!! Congrats on being featuerd!!

  • urgestudio

    urgestudio said 5 years ago

    Great story__Great work__Great smile !!

  • CavemanPottery

    CavemanPottery said 5 years ago

    I so enjoyed reading about you, what an inspiration to me!

  • SkinnyKnits

    SkinnyKnits said 5 years ago

    Great feature! Congrats!! I hope to own some of your pieces some day!

  • hoosiermamma1

    hoosiermamma1 said 5 years ago

    I know what you mean by having more ideas than time. Too bad one Craft-person can't create more than one item at a time. Beautiful work!

  • clamlab

    clamlab said 5 years ago

    Thanks for all the love, everyone!

  • ethicBioskin

    ethicBioskin said 5 years ago

    I love you mortar collections, I hope to own some pieces in near futur Beautiful, Beautiful work Clair! Marion.C

  • allaalla

    allaalla said 5 years ago

    amazing stuff, the mortar and funky teapots. I love how clean and finished the pieces look. beautiful work

  • allaalla

    allaalla said 5 years ago

    amazing stuff, the mortar and funky teapots. I love how clean and finished the pieces look. beautiful work

  • mayyow

    mayyow said 5 years ago

    Hmmm... I like your handmade clay items esp. the little tea-pot. Its so very cute & unique... Lovely stuff....

  • sentimentalist

    sentimentalist said 5 years ago

    Beautiful & Elegant Shop!! Your work is Lovely!!

  • NohoLife

    NohoLife said 5 years ago

    Love your pale colored tea cups and tea pots. I love Heath Ceramics too. Simple, organic, modern and soothing.

  • kanekl

    kanekl said 5 years ago

    Beautiful stuff, especially the teapots, great job.

  • chasingcloudsstudio

    chasingcloudsstudio said 5 years ago

    Beautiful creations!

  • briannachamberlain

    briannachamberlain said 5 years ago

    I love the clean and simple designs of your work! Beautiful.

  • Tina669

    Tina669 said 5 years ago

    Very nice & elegant work.

  • Tina669

    Tina669 said 5 years ago

    Very nice & elegant work.

  • Tina669

    Tina669 said 5 years ago

    Very nice & elegant work.

  • DanielleArden

    DanielleArden said 5 years ago

    beautiful, earthy pieces. the pots look so smooth! wonderful

  • capurrocustoms23

    capurrocustoms23 said 5 years ago

    why would you buy something from target when you could own a piece of art!

  • ShelleAnne

    ShelleAnne said 5 years ago

    Congrats! I loved reading your article and will forward it to a friend who just started taking ceramics as inspiration.

  • JuliesAtelier

    JuliesAtelier said 5 years ago

    I think it's time to say, "I knew you when..." Could you spare some time from your celebrity to have a cup of coffee if I get back to Brooklyn? ;P

  • Thebaroqueprincess

    Thebaroqueprincess said 5 years ago

    Love love your work!

  • Thebaroqueprincess

    Thebaroqueprincess said 5 years ago

    Love love your work!

  • crobinson9

    crobinson9 said 5 years ago

    Just Love your stuff!! Such clean, elegant lines! The whole world is open for you! Fly!

  • LittleLambsEatIvy43

    LittleLambsEatIvy43 said 5 years ago

    Gosh. these pics of you are just stunning...thank you for sharing your passion with us. You are soooo charming..

  • rhapsodees

    rhapsodees said 5 years ago

    By far, the best interview I've read to date! Your work is magnificent. Thanks for the "...foolish to be attached..." statement... Extremely profound. Continued success.

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