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Featured Seller: PoFu

May 2, 2011

by PoFu

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Who are you and what do you make?
My name is Kersten Fuith, and my husband, daughter and I refer to ourselves as the PoFus — the Posen Fuiths. I grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, commonly referred to as Winterpeg. The plus side of growing up amidst so much ice and snow is that Winnipeg seems to breed musicians, writers, and all sorts of creative types. I’m fortunate in having spent my 20s going to poetry readings and listening to fantastic music.

As opposed to pursuing an impractical fine arts degree, I chose to study a subject that seemed to me to be very practical – German literature (seriously). It also allowed me to spend time in Vienna with family and friends, all incredibly talented people, many of whom have made careers as artists. In Vienna, it was not unusual to drop by someone’s studio at 2 a.m. and see boxes labeled “heads, arms, mushrooms” for sculptural projects. Returning to Winnipeg after a number of years, I took a job that allowed sufficient time for me to pursue formal training in pottery. Most memorably, I recall time spent studying under a wiry little woman of about 80, reminiscent of a Russian ballet instructor, who believed that humiliation was the most effective teaching method. Nevertheless, she informed me that I was a potter, and I decided to believe her.

Apart from creating, what do you do?
I am social secretary to a sensational 7-year-old, and I love to cook, eat with friends and garden. I spend most of my time in my studio though.

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Where does your inspiration come from?
Mostly, from a bad sense of hearing and misguided imagination that causes me to see things in shadows which may not actually be there. This has a tendency to riff into all sorts of crazy ideas and images. Going for walks with my giant dog Marty (really he’s more like a baby horse) through the woods, the shadows create fabulous shapes. I’ve noticed that lately my work mimics things found in nature. I also read a lot of children’s books; in addition to reading with my daughter, I volunteer at her school and read with her classmates. Kids, and their favorite stories, have some crazy ideas that I like to embody in my pottery: fairytale fruits, monsters and the like.

What does handmade mean to you?
As a creator, handmade for me means a hot dusty studio with my hands giving form to the images in my head. As a consumer, I am drawn to art that evokes an emotional response, something unique that I will always keep. Connecting with a piece created by someone else is a personal exchange between the artist and me. If it’s made by a friend, it often calls forth a memory. Unlike the empty one-dimension of mass production, what I see in a handmade piece is multifaceted, richly toned and inevitably very personal.

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Who has been most influential in your craft?
My husband, Hart. I would have never started selling without his encouragement. He is the sort of person who believes that you can do whatever you want as long as you know what it is and do everything you can to pursue it. He has a steadfast belief in himself, and in me, that I find amazing.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I’ve always made things — it keeps me sane-ish. As a child I would make things out of whatever was available (actually, that hasn’t changed much). I still love playing with the red wax that encases cheese to preserve freshness and encourage my daughter and her friends to make little red sculptures.

How would you describe your creative process?
Dirty and slightly dangerous. I have lost facial hair to fire on more than one occasion. I also buy Krazy Glue in bulk to seal any small nicks and cuts on my hands (dried out by endless hours playing in clay) so I can keep throwing. For me the process is organic. Pieces don’t always turn out exactly as I had envisioned — the clay seems almost alive at times — and when that happens, I like to let the clay propel me in its own direction.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Jean Michel Basquiat and Niki de Saint Phalle. I would have loved to go through all of Andy Warhol’s crazy boxes and collections, and of course Tim Burton’s art studio. I love his drawings and the characters he’s created in film.

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What handmade possession do you most cherish?
A pencil drawing of my father as a child done by my sister. It makes me think of both of them every time I look at it.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Usually I have a lot of different projects on the go, so if I’m having trouble with one I just switch to the other – this usually works. Right now I’m making a lot of garden pottery and getting ready for a sculptural show in Philadelphia. They’re really at opposite ends of the creative spectrum so I am recharged when I switch between them.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
Here, but with a much larger kiln and a clay slave to do all of my wedging, packaging, and shipping.

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Gimme Some Sugar - Really Big Yarn Bowl for Chicks with Sticks - Ready to Ship
Gimme Some Sugar - Really Big Yarn Bowl for Chicks with Sticks - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$52.00 USD
Pick your Poison Travel Mug  22 oz.- Ready to Ship
Pick your Poison Travel Mug 22 oz.- Ready to Ship
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Chateaud- Toad House - Ready to Ship
Chateaud- Toad House - Ready to Ship
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Shut Up Mug  20 oz.- Ready to Ship
Shut Up Mug 20 oz.- Ready to Ship
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$36.00 USD
F*ck Yoga Mug - Ready to Ship
F*ck Yoga Mug - Ready to Ship
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$36.00 USD
Sorry I'm Late Mug - Ready to Ship
Sorry I'm Late Mug - Ready to Ship
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$36.00 USD
Gimme Some Sugar Mug - Ready to Ship
Gimme Some Sugar Mug - Ready to Ship
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$36.00 USD
The BIG Poison Apple - Paperweight - Photo Prop - Fairytale Decor - Ready to Ship
The BIG Poison Apple - Paperweight - Photo Prop - Fairytale Decor - Ready to Ship
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$28.00 USD
Poison Apple - Picture Holder - Fairytale Note Holder - Made to Order
Poison Apple - Picture Holder - Fairytale Note Holder - Made to Order
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$24.00 USD
Dominknitrix - A Yarn Bowl for Chicks with Sticks - SALE - Ready to Ship
Dominknitrix - A Yarn Bowl for Chicks with Sticks - SALE - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$44.00 USD
Los Colores - Really Big Yarn Bowl for Chicks with Sticks - Made to Order
Los Colores - Really Big Yarn Bowl for Chicks with Sticks - Made to Order
PoFu
$56.00 USD
My Face When You Talk Travel Mug  14 oz.- Ready to Ship
My Face When You Talk Travel Mug 14 oz.- Ready to Ship
PoFu
$38.00 USD
Owl Mug  22 oz.- Ready to Ship
Owl Mug 22 oz.- Ready to Ship
PoFu
$36.00 USD
Ants Go Marching - Wee Bowl Set- Teabag holder - Snack Bowl Party Set
Ants Go Marching - Wee Bowl Set- Teabag holder - Snack Bowl Party Set
PoFu
$30.00 USD
H is for Hot... Like You - Monogrammed 24 oz Mug - Ready to Ship
H is for Hot... Like You - Monogrammed 24 oz Mug - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$34.00 USD
Robot Love - Sugar Bowl - Trinket Dish - Candy Dish - Ready to Ship
Robot Love - Sugar Bowl - Trinket Dish - Candy Dish - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$42.00 USD
Have a Heart - Sugar Bowl - Trinket Dish - Candy Dish - Ready to Ship
Have a Heart - Sugar Bowl - Trinket Dish - Candy Dish - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$42.00 USD
Mushroom Puzzle Jar ...For Mushroom Lovers - Sugar Bowl - Trinket Dish - Candy Dish - Ready to Ship
Mushroom Puzzle Jar ...For Mushroom Lovers - Sugar Bowl - Trinket Dish - Candy Dish - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$42.00 USD
Mushroom Puzzle Jar  - Treasure Box  - Sugar Bowl - Candy Dish
Mushroom Puzzle Jar - Treasure Box - Sugar Bowl - Candy Dish
PoFu
$44.00 USD
Because there's always one... Bad Apple - Ready to Ship
Because there's always one... Bad Apple - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$24.00 USD
OOLaLa - A Yarn Bowl for Francophiles - Ready to Ship
OOLaLa - A Yarn Bowl for Francophiles - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$52.00 USD
Bonjour - A Yarn Bowl for Francophiles - Ready to Ship
Bonjour - A Yarn Bowl for Francophiles - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$52.00 USD
Frida Kahlo - Knitting Needle US 10 1/2 - 6.5mm - Ready to Ship
Frida Kahlo - Knitting Needle US 10 1/2 - 6.5mm - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$15.00 USD
Chateaud II- Toad House - Ready to Ship
Chateaud II- Toad House - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$52.00 USD
Cappuccino Dream Stoneware Pendant
Cappuccino Dream Stoneware Pendant
PoFu
$15.00 USD
Salvador Dali - Knitting Needle US 10 1/2 - 6.5mm - Ready to Ship
Salvador Dali - Knitting Needle US 10 1/2 - 6.5mm - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$15.00 USD
Yarnivore - A Yarn Bowl for Chicks with Sticks - SALE - Ready to Ship
Yarnivore - A Yarn Bowl for Chicks with Sticks - SALE - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$46.00 USD
Springtime - Toad House - Ready to Ship
Springtime - Toad House - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$48.00 USD
Thyme for Planting - A Toad House, Herb Plant Markers Gift Package
Thyme for Planting - A Toad House, Herb Plant Markers Gift Package
PoFu
$58.00 USD
Prickly Pear Butter Dish - Cheese Dish - Cupcake Dish - Ready to Ship
Prickly Pear Butter Dish - Cheese Dish - Cupcake Dish - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$48.00 USD
Acorn Sugar Jar - Ready to Ship
Acorn Sugar Jar - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$48.00 USD
Create Beauty - Knitting Needles US 10 1/2 - 6.5mm - Made to Order
Create Beauty - Knitting Needles US 10 1/2 - 6.5mm - Made to Order
PoFu
$18.00 USD
Cat Attack - Really Big Yarn Bowl for Chicks with Sticks - Ready to Ship
Cat Attack - Really Big Yarn Bowl for Chicks with Sticks - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$52.00 USD
Lettuce Plant!  A Garden Gift Package
Lettuce Plant! A Garden Gift Package
PoFu
$58.00 USD
Create Beauty - Design your own Knitting Needles US 11 - 8mm - Made to Order
Create Beauty - Design your own Knitting Needles US 11 - 8mm - Made to Order
PoFu
$20.00 USD
Andy Warhol - Knitting Needle US 10 1/2 - 6.5mm - Ready to Ship
Andy Warhol - Knitting Needle US 10 1/2 - 6.5mm - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$15.00 USD
Breathe - A Squarish Yarn Bowl- Ready to Ship
Breathe - A Squarish Yarn Bowl- Ready to Ship
PoFu
$52.00 USD
Autumn Leaves- Really Big Yarn Bowl - Ready to Ship
Autumn Leaves- Really Big Yarn Bowl - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$58.00 USD
After this row - Huge Yarn Bowl - Ready to Ship
After this row - Huge Yarn Bowl - Ready to Ship
PoFu
$52.00 USD

223 comments

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your success and as a Featured Seller! Great interview!

  • folkspirit

    folkspirit said 6 years ago

    Wow I love your style; especially those cute toad halls!

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 6 years ago

    You are an interesting lady and have a wonderful shop.

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story, I really enjoyed reading about your inspirational walks with your dog/small horse, sounds like great fun for both of you!

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc said 6 years ago

    Quite unique vision and art! Very interesting indeed.

  • Fabricatebyanna

    Fabricatebyanna said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being FS! I love pottery and yours is so special! Thanks for sharing!

  • greymaggy

    greymaggy said 6 years ago

    congrats

  • greymaggy

    greymaggy said 6 years ago

    congrats

  • wearebandits

    wearebandits said 6 years ago

    So original! Lovely work!

  • orchardfarmsoap

    orchardfarmsoap said 6 years ago

    i love the humor that shows through your work and interview. beautiful!

  • prunellasoap

    prunellasoap said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview and gorgeous shop! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 6 years ago

    Congrats Kersten! Truly beautiful work!

  • thetarnishedhalo

    thetarnishedhalo said 6 years ago

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! I read each and every word....outstanding interview, and so happy that you have the support of your husband! As one social secretary to another, congrats! Keep Going!! and have so much fun in Philly!! Congrats again! ~okay, now I'm inspired, much needed on a Monday morning! Thank you!!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 6 years ago

    I love your story. Your clay is fantastic.

  • KARozWoodworking

    KARozWoodworking said 6 years ago

    Great interview....yeah! Winnipeg! All the best!

  • SecondLifeObjects

    SecondLifeObjects said 6 years ago

    Great feature! Your work is fantastic and very inspiring! Best wishes!

  • BooPatch

    BooPatch said 6 years ago

    heehee social secretary....Never thought of it that way, but it's completely true!!! Awesome interview! love the yarn bowls :-)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Love your interview! Beautiful shop! Congrats on the FS!!!

  • plazko

    plazko said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured.. nice products.

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 6 years ago

    Love the Whimsy in your work! Yup, there's nothing much to do but create during the long winter. I do think Winnipeg has the best summers, as long as you don't mind mosquitos.

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 6 years ago

    cool shop...and fun read thanks for sharing with us.

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 6 years ago

    You have a very inspiring story and really amazing work!! Thank you so much for sharing. It was a very interesting article!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 6 years ago

    Congrats Love your shop !!!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    I swear, Etsy is made up of the most interesting people ever!

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 6 years ago

    I had fun reading your interview. Congratulations on being the Featured seller. I love pottery and i wish you great success ahead.

  • ClockworkCrow

    ClockworkCrow said 6 years ago

    Festive! What a great shop!

  • ArtistaTree

    ArtistaTree said 6 years ago

    I love the poison apple!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 6 years ago

    Oh I love your creations! What a wonderful sense of whimsy you have. Best wishes for continued success!

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 6 years ago

    Your items seems so whimsical - what fun! What a lovely person, with tremendous creativity!

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 6 years ago

    Original work. Congratulation

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 6 years ago

    Original work. Congratulation

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your work! Very interesting story!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the article! Love the originality of your pottery!

  • Studio76Cosmetics

    Studio76Cosmetics said 6 years ago

    What a super fantastic shop!! Congrats on the article!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 6 years ago

    Great interview!!!! Congratulations on the feature!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring interview! Love your work! Congrats! :-)

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 6 years ago

    Your work reminds me of potter M.C. Richards and her book Centering. I just heard she has a new film out called Fire Within....your work seems to embody these things....nice feature.

  • BossysFeltworks

    BossysFeltworks said 6 years ago

    Passion-love-whimsy-edge... great read! All the best to you, your art and your family.

  • SoapGarden

    SoapGarden said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! Your work makes me smile:)

  • KJF16

    KJF16 said 6 years ago

    What a fun article. Love the Toad Hall creations.

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    love this. thanks for sharing some of your process.

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo said 6 years ago

    I love your work..it is so interesting in unique!! Congrats on your success.

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 6 years ago

    Very interesting read. Your work is so unique. Love it!

  • amarillosky

    amarillosky said 6 years ago

    wow, ridiculously well designed toad houses, yarn bells, and travel mugs!!! It's practical meets awesome!

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou said 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful interview! Nice to meet you!

  • SouthPawBeads

    SouthPawBeads said 6 years ago

    congrats, love your work!

  • HvZjewelry

    HvZjewelry said 6 years ago

    Wow I love your style!!

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 6 years ago

    Thanks, I needed the inspiration, it's been a slow month and it always helps to know success is possible!

  • fantasyfloorplans

    fantasyfloorplans said 6 years ago

    I love your work!

  • thebeachhousegallery

    thebeachhousegallery said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Lovely pottery creations, and your story carries much inspiration! Thank You. Inez Dunn

  • WormeWoole

    WormeWoole said 6 years ago

    It's snowing here today -- south of Winterpeg!!! I enjoyed reading about your life and your work. Congratulations...hope you get that bigger kiln (and clay slave) someday.

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 6 years ago

    congrats! you make such fun items - well deserved feature!

  • virginiaclara

    virginiaclara said 6 years ago

    "Dirty and slightly dangerous" Haha. Fun read!

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! Much success to you!

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts said 6 years ago

    Winterpeg, I didn't know that. LOL Love your work and great feature!

  • Fluur

    Fluur said 6 years ago

    Grossartig, Glückwunsch!!

  • arsniccandy

    arsniccandy said 6 years ago

    Such awesome creations. I myslef love gardening so I really liked the......toad houses;)

  • wereallthat

    wereallthat said 6 years ago

    Your whimsical spirit comes through loud and clear. Oh what fun you must be to hang out with. A New Fan

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis said 6 years ago

    Loved reading your story! Nature is so very inspiring ~ I love to see what direction it takes others. Congrats on being the FS =)

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 6 years ago

    such imaginative designs! congrats on the feature!

  • flightpathdesigns

    flightpathdesigns said 6 years ago

    Yay-congrats to a fellow Canadian!

  • Lilena

    Lilena said 6 years ago

    Your wonderful whimsical pieces make me smile. Congratulations on your delightful feature.

  • WereRabbit2006

    WereRabbit2006 said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story, love your Yarn Bell :)

  • joyscottglass

    joyscottglass said 6 years ago

    Great imagination, love your whimsy in your work

  • handprintlady

    handprintlady said 6 years ago

    I am so happy they are finally spotlighting ceramists!!

  • tzines

    tzines said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Inspiring!

  • Joliejye

    Joliejye said 6 years ago

    Interesting story, thanks for sharing ! :)

  • jbmontero

    jbmontero said 6 years ago

    Congrats!!!!! I love your work and am SO glad you are finally featured!!!!!

  • TheOverstuffedChair

    TheOverstuffedChair said 6 years ago

    Great work! Love the bit about seeing things in shadows--That's how I get most of the 'characters' for some of my drawings--it looks like you're staring into nothing which can get stares from others, but hey:)

  • devikasart

    devikasart said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!! Great feature..

  • verdigreen

    verdigreen said 6 years ago

    Love your story. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your success!

  • kookubug

    kookubug said 6 years ago

    Great interview. Congratulations on being featured!

  • kitschcafe

    kitschcafe said 6 years ago

    i love all these pieces! so creative and fun!

  • jewelrytutorials

    jewelrytutorials said 6 years ago

    Really interesting body of work! Congrats on being featured! :)

  • Vintagefix

    Vintagefix said 6 years ago

    Social secretary couldn't have labeled it any better. Very interesting! Great interview!

  • MagpieWorkshop

    MagpieWorkshop said 6 years ago

    Really fun interview. I have loved your miniature trees for quite a while.

  • thesterlingmutt

    thesterlingmutt said 6 years ago

    Your work seems to be so happy to be let out ! Thanks for letting me meet your friends.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    I love your definition of handmade "hands giving form to the images in my head". Great interview and congratulations!

  • brookeelissa

    brookeelissa said 6 years ago

    Wonderfully whimsical. I love your work! Congratulations on a well deserved feature.

  • jpgphotography

    jpgphotography said 6 years ago

    Interesting pottery... It's great that you were featured. Congratulations. :)

  • AllthingsWood

    AllthingsWood said 6 years ago

    Awesome, Bizarre, Cool! (ABC) ♥Bettie

  • minouette

    minouette said 6 years ago

    Great interview!

  • ToucheVintage

    ToucheVintage said 6 years ago

    very nice items. enjoyed the article. Wish you all the best!

  • paintedforest

    paintedforest said 6 years ago

    I'm loving that apple - want! Fab interview.

  • Jashme

    Jashme said 6 years ago

    See me.

  • DigitalCarousel

    DigitalCarousel said 6 years ago

    Congrats from a social secretary x 4

  • SimplyCutebyKarin

    SimplyCutebyKarin said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work and a great personal story!

  • mysticrafts

    mysticrafts said 6 years ago

    Love the yarn bell !!!

  • BrisTieDyes

    BrisTieDyes said 6 years ago

    Super fun reading the names of your listings, and your writing. It lightened my day. I am jealous that you need a "clay slave" to do all the packing, shipping, etc... I hope I get to that place in my shop someday, where shipping out daily tiedye orders becomes a problem. :-) Congrats on your etsy success! God's blessings~ Briar

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 6 years ago

    Marvelous story! Congratulations on the feature! Blessings, Hannah Jasmine

  • MegnificentCo

    MegnificentCo said 6 years ago

    Fabulous! Best of luck to you.

  • MegnificentCo

    MegnificentCo said 6 years ago

    Fabulous! Best of luck to you.

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 6 years ago

    Fantastic interview! Congrats on your feature! I hope you get your "clay slave" one day!

  • natalya1905

    natalya1905 said 6 years ago

    Kersten, I'm a long time fan of your shop. Wonderful works, perfect craftsmanship and some very warm atmosphere. Congratulations on the feature and great success to your shop! Natalya @ Natalya's Studio

  • SparklesbyNkT

    SparklesbyNkT said 6 years ago

    cool stuff you have here! <3

  • ThreefoldDesigns

    ThreefoldDesigns said 6 years ago

    Great interview - love the yarn bowl!! :)

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 6 years ago

    Really cool stuff!

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured! Great interview, love your pieces!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured, great pieces! Best of luck!!

  • BrandybuckClothiers

    BrandybuckClothiers said 6 years ago

    I can see you are having fun. Keep up the great weork. Lovely interview

  • Tanith

    Tanith said 6 years ago

    Wonderful imaginative shop and great photos!

  • BasahanAlit

    BasahanAlit said 6 years ago

    Wow, what whimsical and fun items you made! Great shop!

  • Littlepicture

    Littlepicture said 6 years ago

    What fun pottery !!! Very refreshing ! Congrats on being featured !

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    Great interview and I love your shop and your studio.

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 6 years ago

    Fabulous imagination and creations! Loved reading your interview - it made me feel happy and inspired!!

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 6 years ago

    Fabulous imagination and creations! Loved reading your interview - it made me feel happy and inspired!!

  • CoastalShabbyChic

    CoastalShabbyChic said 6 years ago

    Congrats! I sooo enjoy your interview! It brought back memories of the Toad Houses that we use to make them from dirt and mud when I was a chid!

  • RetroCreations

    RetroCreations said 6 years ago

    Congrats... you have such a unique style, I love your items!!!

  • willowstreetworkshop

    willowstreetworkshop said 6 years ago

    Cool work!

  • ginnyhuber

    ginnyhuber said 6 years ago

    This is a marvelous interview and feature! I absolutely love your work and your spirited approach to just about everything! You PoFus sound like a sprightly bunch. And Niki St. Phalle is what I was thinking a bit when i saw your first piece- from the joyousness and juxtapositions alone!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    Great article

  • alligatorpaper

    alligatorpaper said 6 years ago

    You're really great! Your writing is beautiful and your pieces are so whimsical and full of character. I feel like I've gotten to know you a little! Thank you for the glimpse into your world. Inspiration!

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 6 years ago

    love your shop! And your story...

  • theminabucket

    theminabucket said 6 years ago

    love your toad houses! wishing you the best!

  • junrylgems

    junrylgems said 6 years ago

    interesting. Congratulations. God bless.

  • Sweethoots

    Sweethoots said 6 years ago

    Very cool! Congrats!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 6 years ago

    Terrific Article!!! Wonderful Whimsical Creations!!! Love the Heart Carriage!!!

  • JumpingBitingFlea

    JumpingBitingFlea said 6 years ago

    Hi Kersten, like intelligence, poetry can take many forms - including art. Your intellect and art collide to create an emotional integrity highly visible in your work. Wonderful stuff!

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera said 6 years ago

    Love your work. Keep experimenting and loving that soft goo, but look after yourself. From experience, decades of throwing clay, please take regular breaks and exercise your fingers and hands. I didn't and CT surgery on both hands is not fun.

  • theapawthecary

    theapawthecary said 6 years ago

    very nice!!! thank you for sharing!!! good luck !!

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 6 years ago

    How great, I always wanted to try clay myself. What wonderful items you do. Congrats.

  • novemberbutterflies

    novemberbutterflies said 6 years ago

    I would gladly wedge your clay, stir up your glazes, etc! I love your toad houses! Good luck and congrats! =)

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 6 years ago

    ¸.•*¨*•☆Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ☆•*¨*•. Lovely indeed ♥ Peace ♥ Happiness

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    very cute

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 6 years ago

    Cute!

  • haveitconfections

    haveitconfections said 6 years ago

    Absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your work is wonderful, congratulations on your feature.

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 6 years ago

    Krazy Glue huh? I will have to give that a try. My hands are also constantly getting knicked, filed and sawed so that is good to know. I truly enjoyed reading a little bit about your self. Thank you for sharing, congrats on the feature and good luck at your pottery show!

  • mLindvall

    mLindvall said 6 years ago

    Love the interview...and your work!

  • Fruitfulhandproducts

    Fruitfulhandproducts said 6 years ago

    Very interesting!

  • BipolarBlackberries

    BipolarBlackberries said 6 years ago

    I am brand new to this and reading your interview made me feel so good about being part of this. I love your vibe. It feels so authentic and your passion for your work is wonderful!!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    I'm with you on getting lots of inspiration from seeing what isn't there in the shadows. I get so many of my ideas from visual misunderstandings!

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Great interview - congrats on being featured! :)

  • RitasBeadingBoutique

    RitasBeadingBoutique said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring interview. Beautiful creations. Keep up the good work.

  • artbysusmitha

    artbysusmitha said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work! I really enjoyed reading your story. Very well written interview.

  • RebeccasEmporium

    RebeccasEmporium said 6 years ago

    Your work is amazing! :) lovely interview

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Great feature, nice to see another potter on the blog! Can really see the fairy tale inspirations coming through strong in your work. Lovely!

  • DesiCloe

    DesiCloe said 6 years ago

    Your shop is simply gorgeous! Congrats for the feature!

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid said 6 years ago

    Way more than just mugs or simple trays, hooray!! :D

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    So cute!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 6 years ago

    Your passion shows in your work, lovely whimsical designs, love the toad halls! Congratulations!!

  • cjbcollectibles

    cjbcollectibles said 6 years ago

    I love that your inspiration has come from the interesting shadows in nature. I too believe that nature can be inspiring and often has been a part of my photography that I hopefully will share with the Etsy world one day.

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 6 years ago

    I LOVE your shop............. continued success to you.......x

  • 2bySea

    2bySea said 6 years ago

    Such an imaginative shop. Love your story and I too what to see Tim Burton's Studio.

  • Willow4u

    Willow4u said 6 years ago

    I really admire your talent and I just know i like you too!!:)

  • rokcandyofnyc

    rokcandyofnyc said 6 years ago

    Enjoyed reading about you, wishing you much happiness and success in the future...I also love Jean Michel Basquiat and Niki de Saint Phalle, as well! Much L-O-V-E, ROK Candy of NYC

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    Love those toad houses!

  • SkinnyKnits

    SkinnyKnits said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! So happy to see a Michiganian got profiled! Hope to meet you in person some day! Do you do the Ann Arbor Art Fair? Your work is great!

  • SkinnyKnits

    SkinnyKnits said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! So happy to see a Michiganian got profiled! Hope to meet you in person some day! Do you do the Ann Arbor Art Fair? Your work is great!

  • gravesmods

    gravesmods said 6 years ago

    This stuff is fantastic! The Yarn bells are so neat : ) BMW Wheels

  • AggieandStan

    AggieandStan said 6 years ago

    Okay, I'm officially obsessed, may I be your clay slave for just a little while? Your pieces are so beautiful and alive and like the little things that fly about inside my skull...

  • lapetiteposy

    lapetiteposy said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop... thanks for sharing!!

  • chinamommy

    chinamommy said 6 years ago

    My husband just hooked my kiln up...i hope to soon have uber dry hands too :) LOVE your art!!!

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! My husband and I love to hear about others on Etsy and how they do things. Much luck to you.

  • HeavenlyNaturalSoap

    HeavenlyNaturalSoap said 6 years ago

    Wow I love this seller already, Toad houses how cool is that :)

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    Your work is too cool! Congrats on the feature!!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    Love the photo styling of your Really Big Cheeky Bastard Beer Stein! Brilliant indeed! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    Your Toad Hall's are so cool! congratulations :)

  • GingiBeads

    GingiBeads said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 6 years ago

    You have great photos! And I love the texture of your toad bowls!

  • CLWPottery

    CLWPottery said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you much happiness and many sales too:-)

  • aspendreams

    aspendreams said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your Featured Story. How talented you are. Much happiness and continued success.

  • iomiss

    iomiss said 6 years ago

    what a lovely work!

  • ReinventionbyAngelaB

    ReinventionbyAngelaB said 6 years ago

    You create beautiful fun creative work. It reminds me very much of pictures from children's books which are one of my favorite forms of inspiration. congratulations, you absolutely deserve it.

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 6 years ago

    wonderful, wonderful wonderful!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 6 years ago

    wonderful, wonderful wonderful!

  • AshNjojo

    AshNjojo said 6 years ago

    What a great interview! I love reading these posts about people who love what they do as an artist! IT is an amazing feeling Congrats

  • AshNjojo

    AshNjojo said 6 years ago

    What a great interview! I love reading these posts about people who love what they do as an artist! IT is an amazing feeling Congrats

  • AshNjojo

    AshNjojo said 6 years ago

    What a great interview! I love reading these posts about people who love what they do as an artist! IT is an amazing feeling Congrats

  • lynntodddesigns

    lynntodddesigns said 6 years ago

    just awesome!

  • ruthiebell

    ruthiebell said 6 years ago

    very neat!

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful and beautiful shop! I love your creativity. Congratulations on your feature.

  • SoxAndPatches

    SoxAndPatches said 6 years ago

    As a fellow Canuck, I congratulate you on the fabulous article and your wondrous items! Your imagination and soul shines through!

  • SoulShineArts

    SoulShineArts said 6 years ago

    Love your work!

  • HildeMosaics

    HildeMosaics said 6 years ago

    congratulations! great work!

  • Beadit1

    Beadit1 said 6 years ago

    Great interview! I like your designs,very cute.Congratulationsand i wish you the best of luck selling your creations.

  • mucar

    mucar said 6 years ago

    congrast great work!

  • flowerandpearlstudio

    flowerandpearlstudio said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article! Great to read about your process.

  • jennibram

    jennibram said 6 years ago

    One of my favourite etsy interviews. So beautifully written (fresh and very beautifully crafted) and so warm and wonderful. Thanks a million and very best of wishes.

  • northcountryglass

    northcountryglass said 6 years ago

    Fun creations and so great that you can share them with everyone!

  • carolutz

    carolutz said 6 years ago

    Love your pieces and your attitude. I think we would get along well :)

  • snlcreations

    snlcreations said 6 years ago

    Inspiring!! Great feature! Love your work!

  • CatLeafCreations

    CatLeafCreations said 6 years ago

    Love your yarn ball clay creations. Congratulations on your feature:)

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 6 years ago

    Congrats, I love the mugs.

  • VellePurse

    VellePurse said 6 years ago

    Your creations are so amazing and fun! Congrats!

  • EllaElise

    EllaElise said 6 years ago

    I love my hometown the Peg and all the personalities that inhabit it! great interview and products! so fun! happy luck and congrats!

  • EllaElise

    EllaElise said 6 years ago

    I love my hometown the Peg and all the personalities that inhabit it! great interview and products! so fun! happy luck and congrats!

  • Sophiehines

    Sophiehines said 6 years ago

    amazing ideas! you've got some really great pieces!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature.Your creations are so fun.

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin said 6 years ago

    Great story! Its nice to hear your husband convinced you to join and sell on Etsy. I think that also goes for a lot of us Etsy. Its all thanks to the support of very special people!

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin said 6 years ago

    Great story! Its nice to hear your husband convinced you to join and sell on Etsy. I think that also goes for a lot of us Etsy. Its all thanks to the support of very special people!

  • snowbirdling

    snowbirdling said 6 years ago

    I love that the Canadian cold inspires artists. It really is true. Loved your interview and your thoughts. Congrats!

  • pearldelta

    pearldelta said 6 years ago

    Lovely ,Congratulations on your feature!

  • Smadars

    Smadars said 6 years ago

    I love love love your shop :)

  • madebydaisy

    madebydaisy said 6 years ago

    lovely work! congrats on your feature!

  • kraftykyle

    kraftykyle said 6 years ago

    Very cool stuff!

  • MorganNichole

    MorganNichole said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your interview, love your work.

  • loveartworks

    loveartworks said 6 years ago

    FUNtastic Interview and Glimpse into the Life of another "Mud Lover"!! You're work is inspirational, whimsical and wondrous...Congratulations on your Feature Article!! :)

  • YellowBugBoutique

    YellowBugBoutique said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature and thanks for letting us have a peak into your world. I love how your personality and sense of humor shines through your work!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 6 years ago

    amazing work! congrats on the feature :) love that you studied what enabled you to do, and be, what you what to do, where you wanted to do it! i too am a social secretary to small people :)

  • MOAS

    MOAS said 6 years ago

    great story...amazing work!

  • NatoBottoArt

    NatoBottoArt said 6 years ago

    Amazing work, very inspirational..Keep following your heart :)

  • ProseArts

    ProseArts said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being a Featured Seller! REALLY Great interview...LOVE, Love <3 your crafts Esp....EVERYTHING ! Great Luck Lovely Lady!

  • WildWildernessPhotos

    WildWildernessPhotos said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, unique work!

  • NicholeDesigns

    NicholeDesigns said 6 years ago

    so so cute!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 6 years ago

    Love Button!

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 6 years ago

    I think playing with the red wax that encases cheese is the sign of a true artist!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago

    Creepy!

  • boatergirl

    boatergirl said 6 years ago

    Oh Kersten, what wonderful interview. You are just what I needed to help break the remaining strands of my post election funk. I adore both your store and your attitude (especially as I am a woman who also requires a lot of Krazy Glue). Thanks.

  • Fluturi

    Fluturi said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your interview, and I especially loved what Handmade means to you, you really described what I feel but I couldn't express as beautifully as you have. Happy creating

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 6 years ago

    Terrific interview and body of work! Believing in one's self is probably first and foremost and having a staunch supporter is a real plus. Thank so much!

  • doters

    doters said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being a Featured Seller!! and i agree with MishaGirl: playing with red cheese wax is a mark of creative genius! Sculptors tend to look upon ANYTHING as potential sculpting material, no? Great interview, delightful shop!

  • Bigbonehandmade

    Bigbonehandmade said 6 years ago

    I love all your works, especially noodle bowl ! Congrats~

  • PurseonalBaglady

    PurseonalBaglady said 6 years ago

    Amazing, I am loving the roly-poly babies and the acorn houses! Beautiful pottery and I could feel your passion from the interview.

  • Steampunkitis

    Steampunkitis said 6 years ago

    Loved playing in the mud, as a child, and still do. There's nothing like the feeling of clay between your fingers. Loved your story.

  • colormehip

    colormehip said 6 years ago

    Hi We have a discussion thread on our 'Etsy Success' Team about how people get featured and what the experience is like for your shop afterwards... love to hear about your experience! http://www.etsy.com/teams/5002/etsy-success?ref=pr_teams Thanks so much, Carolyn

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 6 years ago

    Wow thank you souch for sharing!

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 6 years ago

    Fantastic shop and interview. Love it.

  • SweetieCafe

    SweetieCafe said 6 years ago

    I Also LOVE your Shop!

  • SweetieCafe

    SweetieCafe said 6 years ago

    I Also LOVE your Shop!

  • Samanthasporcelain

    Samanthasporcelain said 6 years ago

    What a great imagination! Love your shop. Samantha's

  • kzoomoo

    kzoomoo said 6 years ago

    Your work is beautiful. You definitely are a potter.

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